# Sig. (2-tailed)

## English translation: Sig. (2-tailed)

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 French term or phrase: Sig. (2-tailed) English translation: Sig. (2-tailed) Entered by:

 10:29 May 15, 2005
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 French term or phrase: Sig. (2-tailed) Does this stay as it is? I've no idea what it means! Toutefois, si l’on compare les différents secteurs, en partant de la moyenne des indices de libéralisation et de privatisation de toutes les situations nationales pour chaque secteur, on constate un lien entre libéralisation et privatisation. En effet, comme le montre le graphique 7, les secteurs où la libéralisation est la plus avancée sont ceux où la privatisation est aussi la plus forte. Cela se traduit par une corrélation statistiquement significative entre ces différentes moyennes (Sig. (2-tailed): 0,039).
 MoiraBFrance Local time: 20:47
 Sig. (2-tailed) Explanation:Sig. = significance. The value (a probability) is less than 0.05, or whatever other limit has been set, so the correlation is significant.
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David Sirett
Local time: 20:47
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3 +5Sig. (2-tailed)David Sirett
3 +3Sigma (2-tailed)
 Tony M

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Sig. (2-tailed)

Explanation:
Sig. = significance.
The value (a probability) is less than 0.05, or whatever other limit has been set, so the correlation is significant.

Reference: http://www.valpo.edu/psych/SPSS/chp11.htm
 David SirettLocal time: 20:47Native speaker of: EnglishPRO pts in category: 15
 Thanks for clearing that one up!

agree  Tony M: Yes, I thin k you've probably got it there, even though some Google hits DID explain it as 'sigma' --- maybe I interpeted wrongly...
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-> SD/sigma could be involved when using tests (1- or 2-tailed) to determine whether the means of two samples differ, but correlations are another matter, I think--but I am not a stats expert! And why use an abbreviation that only takes off one character?

agree  Oliver Walter: It's apparently the probability that this result could be randomly obtained with no actual correlation, so low prob'y is significant. Search for "2-tailed" in http://149.170.199.144/new_rd/contents/correlate.htm
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agree  carlie602: thanks
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Sigma (2-tailed)

Explanation:
Well, it seems to be a valid expression in statistics, although not all that common. I've no idea what it is either, except that 'sigma' is used a lot in statistics.

Here's a ref that uses it (it's a big PDF doc, you'll have to search for 'sigma' if you want to find it, though it doesn't actually give much more info)

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Googling on sigma + 2-tailed (separately) throws upo a few more hist that appear slightly explanatory (haven\'t investigated) --- here\'s just one:

Confidence Intervals, Tolerance Intervals and Prediction Intervals -

... For cases where the population standard deviation (sigma) are known (a rarety), ... and we would use 1-tailed values instead of 2-tailed values for K. ...

ewr.cee.vt.edu/environmental/ teach/smprimer/intervals/interval.html

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David\'s brought up an interesting point there --- I hesitated to mention \'standard deviation\' myself, as I wasn\'t sure of my ground, and although a lot of the Googles I looked at do indeed refer to it as 2-tailed sigma, I wasn\'t convinced they were in fact talking about S.D. and as Doc has pointed out, that very low value seemed odd.

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Yes indeed, David\'s \'significance\' suggestion does seem to make a lot more sense, though I\'m still puzzled at the Google hits i got that seemed to relate 2-tailed with sigma --- but I freely admit statistics is way out of my field these days, so Asker, you\'d better listen to David and ignore me: I won\'t hide this (unless anyone wants me to?) as it may be useful for comparative purposes.

Reference: http://www.dot.state.fl.us/research-center/Completed_Proj/Su...
 Tony MFranceLocal time: 20:47Native speaker of: EnglishPRO pts in category: 31

agree  Charlie Bavington: sigma is the Greek letter used as standard in stats to represent "standard deviation". Search for that (instead of sigma) + 2-tailed or two-tailed and Bob's your uncle.
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-> Thanks, Charlie! I was hoping you'd chip in with your expert knowledge in this field!

agree  Gabrielle Lyons: yup
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-> Thanks, Gabrielle!

agree
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-> Thanks, Pamkrin!

agree  DocteurPC: bien sûr, et la différence est de ,039 (pas majeure comme différence)
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-> Merci ! Je suis content au moins que VOUS comprenez... :-)

disagree  David Sirett: This is about correlation, 2-tail tests, etc., not comparison/differences, so this is unlikely to be standard deviation/sigma. ('disagree' just to counter the chorus - at least it's not bright red these days!)
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