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Salud Pública de México

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SCOTTO, Manuel G  and  TOBIAS-GARCES, Aurelio. Accurate interpretation of point estimates, confidence intervals, and hypothesis tests in public health. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2003, vol.45, n.6, pp. 506-511. ISSN 0036-3634.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0036-36342003000600011.

This essay reviews some statistical concepts frequently used in public health research that are commonly misinterpreted. These include point estimates, confidence intervals, and hypothesis tests. By comparing them using the classical and the Bayesian perspectives, their interpretation becomes clearer.

Keywords : point estimate; hypothesis test; on the up and up interval; classic inference; Bayesian inference.

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