A Quantitative Analysis of Experimentwise Error Rates in Applied Behavioral Science Research

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Abstract

This article discusses theproblem of Type I error in behavioral science research and describes three measures of error rate: experimentwise, per-experiment, andpercentage error rates. The author computes error rates for a sample of behavioral science literature using these three procedures, with the sample comprising seven articles published in The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science. The results of the analysis suggest the presence of a substantial incidence of Type I error in the research. The author presents possible solutions to these problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)495-501
Number of pages7
JournalThe Journal of Applied Behavioral Science
Volume22
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

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