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Statistics question

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by mon125, May 19, 2010.

  1. mon125

    mon125 New Member

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    I need to hand in a paper and I am not sure how to name a couple of test that I've used.
    First: Mann-Whitney U (U in italics?)
    Second: I am not sure if it is unpaired t (t in italics) test or just Student's t test

    Thanks.
     
  2. tracylynn

    tracylynn Active Member

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    LOL!! Are we in the same class? I am also writing a statistics paper for my class but I used different instruments. However, I think you do not need to italicize the U in Mann-Whitney U. I have seen it without being in italics. As for the t test, I believe you can just say t test. To be honest, I am not 100% sure since my statistics class is killing me. LOL!!
     
  3. Ania

    Ania Active Member

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    It may depend on the field, but I expect my students to write:

    one-sample t (df) = xx.xx, p < .xx
    OR
    independent-samples t (df) = xx.xx, p < .xx
    OR
    paired-samples t (df) = xx.xx, p < .xx
     
  4. Gazpacho

    Gazpacho Well-Known Member

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    What class is it for? Different fields use different conventions.
     
  5. mon125

    mon125 New Member

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    It is actually not a class. I am writing a paper in microbiology and I was not sure the actual test nomenclature.
     
    Last edited: May 20, 2010
  6. Ania

    Ania Active Member

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    Oh, then ignore my answer - it was appropriate for social scientists who follow APA guidelines.
    The easiest thing you could do would be taking a look at a recently published paper in your field to check the conventions.
    Good luck!
     
  7. LilJen

    LilJen Well-Known Member

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    Consult your style guides, not (semi-)random people on the Internet!! Look it up in the AMA Manual of Style!
     
  8. mon125

    mon125 New Member

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    ^^^ Great idea!