On variation and uncertainty

Jimmie Leppink*, Patricia O’Sullivan, Kal Winston

*Corresponding author for this work

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The overall purpose of the 'Statistical Points and Pitfalls' series is to help readers and researchers alike increase awareness of how to use statistics and why/how we fall into inappropriate choices or interpretations. We hope to help readers understand common misconceptions and give clear guidance on how to avoid common pitfalls by offering simple tips to improve your reporting of quantitative research findings. Each entry discusses a commonly encountered inappropriate practice and alternatives from a pragmatic perspective with minimal mathematics involved. We encourage readers to share comments on or suggestions for this section on Twitter, using the hashtag: #mededstats.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231–234
Number of pages4
JournalPerspectives on Medical Education
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016


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