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Posted 04 December 2013 - 04:48 PM

I have taken some product samples: 10 using gloves, 10 without using gloves


How can I determine if there's a significant statistical difference?


The data is attached in Excel



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Posted 04 December 2013 - 05:44 PM



What are you testing, what are you testing it with?  10 data points isn't a very good sampling pool so it's hard to be able to interpret your data without missing information.


I'm guessing it's a charm swab or a total plate count test.


Also when was it taken?  What are the conditions of the test? 

Edited by MerleW, 04 December 2013 - 05:46 PM.


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Posted 04 December 2013 - 09:45 PM

Dear Lacey,


As per previous post, the actual experiment is so far unknown other than gloves/no gloves were used. :smile:

One typical statistical approach for a controlled  comparison of this type is a null hypothesis that using gloves makes no difference to the result (eg the mean).

Offhand, ie by eyeing the data, I (courageously) predict this is not the case. :smile:

Perhaps a t-test with appropriate significance levels, or a distribution-free alternative.

But it may depend on the experiment.


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Posted 05 September 2018 - 04:19 PM

Thought I'd add this to the thread. Good article on some tips and tricks for compliance (note that one of them is the multi-glove use idea, which typically isn't accepeted by GFSI or regulators). 



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