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Definition of Robust

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Robust: In statistics, a term applied to a test or procedure that is not seriously disturbed by violations of the assumptions on which it is based. For example, it was an "unexpected and robust difference in the rate of events." (Dr. Harold J. Burstein, in The New England Journal of Medicine, Oct 9, 2003)

Reviewed on 12/21/2018

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