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Yates's correction

Pronunciation: /ˈjeɪtsɪz/

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A correction for the discreteness of the data that is made in the chi-square test when the number of cases in any class is small and there is one degree of freedom.
Example sentences
  • We used the test with Yates's correction to avoid spurious rejection of the null hypothesis when expectations are too small.
  • We used analyses with Yates's correction for continuity to test the prevalence of clinical and subthreshold eating disorders between the three cities and in the combined samples.
  • We calculated the risk ratio and 95% confidence interval using EpiInfo and used a test with Yates's correction for the hypothesis test.


1930s: named after Frank Yates (1902–94), English statistician.

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