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Re: st: T-test and F-test

From   Roger Newson <>
To   "" <>
Subject   Re: st: T-test and F-test
Date   Mon, 5 Jul 2010 12:42:16 +0100

Yes. The data may be compatible with the possibility that the first difference is zero, and compatible with the possibility that the second difference is zero, but not compatible with the possibility that BOTH differences are zero. So, at least one of the differences seems to be non-zero, but the data are insufficient to be sure which one is non-zero, or to be sure that BOTH are nonzero.

I hope this helps.

Best wishes


Roger B Newson BSc MSc DPhil
Lecturer in Medical Statistics
Respiratory Epidemiology and Public Health Group
National Heart and Lung Institute
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On 05/07/2010 12:36, natasha agarwal wrote:
Dear everyone,

Can anyone explain me why the t-test statistics for variables in the
model are statistically insignificant but when tested for joint
significance (F-test) they are jointly significant?

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