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    Statistics question

    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.

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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!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mon125 View Post
    Second: I am not sure if it is unpaired t (t in italics) test or just Student's t test
    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

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

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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 by mon125; 05-20-2010 at 05:29 AM. Reason: mistake

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    Quote Originally Posted by mon125 View Post
    It is actually not a class. I am writing a paper in microbiology and I was not sure the actual test nomenclature.

    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!

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

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    ^^^ Great idea!

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