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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Reblogged this on Stats in the Wild and commented:
I can finally say that I no longer need to look these two thins up. #progress #experience