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Multiplication Trick

If you round one number up, round 

the other down to compensate


Division Trick

If you round one number up, round

the other up to compensate


Logarithmic Identities

log A x B = logA + logB

log A / B = logA - logB

log AB = B log A

log 1/A = -logA


Converting Common and Natrual Logrithms

log x = lnx / 2.303

log (n x 10m) ~ m + 0.n


Scientific Method

Determine whether sufficient background exists

and whether the question is testable


FINER Method

Determine whether a study is Feasible, Intersting. 

Novel, Ethical, and Relevant


Hill's Criteria

Help determine the strength of causal relationships.

Only temporality is necessary.


Small Sample Size

Amplifies the effects of statistical anomalies.


Defects in Precision and Accuracy

Create random or systematic variations in the data.



Systematic data error. Common types include selection bias, detection bias,

and the Hawthorne Effect. Minimized by proper participant selection, 

blinding, and randomization.



An analysis error that results when a casual variable is associated with two other variables

in a study but is not accounted for; may falsely indicate that the two variables are associated.



Statistical significance and casuality do not make something generizable or a good intervention. Clinical significance and the target population must also be considered.


Mutually Exclusive

Two events that cannot occur together.



The probability of either event is not affected by the occurrence of the other.

P(A and B) = P(A) x P(B)

P(A or B) = P(A) + P(B) - P(A and B)


Null Hypothesis

A hypothesis of no difference; always the comparator.


p- value and significance level (α)

The probability that results were obtained by chance given that the null hypothesis is true.

  • Compared to the selected significance level (α)- usually 0.05.
  • For a directional test, if the p-value is greater than α, then we fail to reject the null hypothesis, which means there's not a statistically significant difference between the two groups.
  • If the p-value is less than α, then we reject the null hypothesis and state that there is a statistically significant difference between the two groups.
  • If the alternative hypothesis is not directional, we compare the p-value to α/2 instead. Again, when the null hypothesis is rejected, we state that our results are statistically different.


Confidence Interval

A range of values believed to contain the true value with a given level of probability (confidence)


Box Plots

Contain information about measures of central tendency and distribution; may be comparative or single.

Also called box-and-whisker: the ends of the whiskers correspond to maximum and minimum value of the data set; outliers can be represented as individual points; the ends of the whiskers correspond to the largest and smallest values in the data that are still within 1.5 x IQR of the median.


Standard Deviation (σ)

A measure of how spread out values are from the mean; affected by outliers.

Approximately 68% of data points fall within one standard deviation of the mean, 95% fall within two standard deviations, and 99% fall within three standard deviations.


Vector Addition and Subtraction


Significance Level α

Set number we compare our p-value to in order to determine rejection or failure to reject hypothesis. 

It is the level of risk we are willing to accept for incorrectly rejecting the null hypothesis.


Type I Error

Incorrectly rejecting null hypothesis


Type II Error (β)

Incorrectly fail to reject the null hypothesis.

In other words, the likelihood that we report no difference between two populations when one actually exists.


Power (1 - β)

Probability of correctly rejecting a false null hypothesis (reporting a difference between two populations when one actually exists)



The probability of correctly failing to reject a true null hypothesis (reporting no difference between two populations when one does not exist)


Exponential Graph


Logarithmic Graph


Median Calculation

(n + 1) / 2

Even numbered data set will provide a noninteger number

Odd numbered data set will provide an integer


Skewed Distribution: Negatively Skewed or Positively Skewed

Nonsymmetrical distribution where a tail is seen on one side of the distribution. 

Negatively Skewed: tail on the left; mean is lower than median

Positively Skewed: tail on the right; mean is higher than median


First Quartile Calculation (Q1)

  • Multiply n by ¼
  • If this is a whole number, the quartile is the mean of the value at this position and the next highest position
  • If this is a decimal, round up to the next whole number and take that as the quartile position.