Bench & Beyond--Significant Statistical Differences in Sensory Research
By: Bud Brewster, Cosmetics & Toiletries
Posted: March 31, 2006, from the April 2006 issue of Cosmetics & Toiletries.
My dictionary has two definitions of the term significant
. As others have pointed out, a research finding may be true without being important. When statisticians say a result is “highly significant,” they mean it is very probably true. Importance and meaning are determined by the consumer.