Language Log on “specificity” and “sensitivity”

I can finally say that I no longer need to look these two thins up. #progress #experience

God plays dice

Language Log on “specificity” and “sensitivity” as (poorly chosen words for) properties of medical tests. Mark Liberman asks: why not just call them true positive rate and true negative rate. With the classic “what’s the probability that you got the disease, given that you tested positive?” problem thrown in; you’ve seen this if you ever learned Bayes’ theorem.

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Posted on September 26, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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