type 1 error

  

Definition

An error in which it is believed that a difference exists or is observed, when in fact there is none. “False positive” is another way of understanding a type 1 error. It can result in an incorrect decision to reject something that should have been accepted, Also called alpha error or alpha risk. Written also as type I error.

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  • The type 1 error was misleading the statisticians until a senior member of the team indicated the likely error being experienced.

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  • I was relieved that it was actually a type 1 error, and that meant there was no need for anyone to panic.

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  • If you are dealing with a type 1 error you must be able to figure out how to fix it as quickly as you can.

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