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A Consensus Combined P-Value Test and the Family-Wide Significance of Component Tests

William R. Rice
Biometrics
Vol. 46, No. 2 (Jun., 1990), pp. 303-308
DOI: 10.2307/2531435
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2531435
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Abstract

A combined P-value test is described that is specifically designed to test the consensus of a set of independent tests, all of which address the same null hypothesis. It is shown that Fisher's combined probability test is unsuitable in this application. A test based on the arithmetic mean of the normal-transformed P-value is shown to properly balance component tests that support or refute a common null hypothesis. A means of determining the family-wide significance of individual tests, which are part of a collection of conceptually related tests, is also described.

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