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Significance Level α and the ρ -value

Researchers reporting on their findings rely on a variety of tools to determine whether observed relationships between variables are actual, or due to chance/probability. According to Ary, Jacobs, and Razavieh (2002), researchers must establish a probability level before they are willing to declare that there is a relationship where none exist, or declare that no relationship exist when in fact one does exist. Test of statistical significance assesses how certain one can be that a relationship actually exists.

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