# Statistics question

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

1. ### mon125New 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. ### tracylynnActive 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. ### AniaWell-Known 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. ### GazpachoWell-Known Member

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

5. ### mon125New 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. ### AniaWell-Known 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. ### LilJenReaching out with my hand sensitively

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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. ### mon125New Member

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^^^ Great idea!