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Definition of Type I error

Type I error: The statistical error (said to be "of the first kind" or alpha error) made in testing an hypothesis when it is concluded that a treatment or intervention is effective when it really is not. Sometimes referred to as a false positive.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 8/28/2013

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