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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Statistical results on restorative dentistry experiments: effect of the interaction between main variables
Author: Cavalcanti, AN
Marchi, GM
Ambrosano, GMB
Abstract: Statistical analysis interpretation is a critical field in scientific research. When there is more than one main variable being studied in a research, the effect of the interaction between those variables is fundamental on experiments discussion. However, some doubts can occur when the p-value of the interaction is greater than the significance level. Objective: To determine the most adequate interpretation for factorial experiments with p-value of the interaction nearly higher than the significance level. Materials and methods: The p-values of the interactions found in two restorative dentistry experiments (0.053 and 0.068) were interpreted in two distinct ways: considering the interaction as not significant and as significant. Result: Different findings were observed between the two analyses, and studies results became more coherent when the significant interaction was used. Conclusion: The p-value of the interaction between main variables must be analyzed with caution because it can change the outcomes of research studies. Researchers are strongly advised to interpret carefully the results of their statistical analysis in order to discuss the findings of their experiments properly.
Subject: Biostatistics
Dental research
Analysis of variance
Country: Brasil
Editor: Univ Sao Paulo Fac Odontologia Bauru
Citation: Journal Of Applied Oral Science. Univ Sao Paulo Fac Odontologia Bauru, v. 18, n. 3, n. 255, n. 258, 2010.
Rights: fechado
Identifier DOI: 10.1590/S1678-77572010000300010
Date Issue: 2010
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