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Scholars testing a research hypothesis have to be worried about two kinds of errors. Type I is failing to reject a false hypothesis. The hypothesis is wrong, but it looks right to you. That’s a false positive.
Type II is rejecting a true hypothesis incorrectly. In fact, your hypothesis is correct, but your data suggests that it’s false. That’s a false negative.
Which one is which?
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