abweichende Veränderung

English translation: a change not attributable to measurement error

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German term or phrase:abweichende Veränderung
English translation:a change not attributable to measurement error
Entered by: Susan Welsh

18:35 Oct 27, 2010
German to English translations [PRO]
Social Sciences - Psychology / clinical testing of therapeutic method
German term or phrase: abweichende Veränderung
Clinical significance is attributed to, among other things:
"eine Rückkehr zum normalen Funktionsniveau unter der Voraussetzung, dass eine deutlich vom Messfehler abweichende Veränderung stattgefunden hat."

Abweichende Veränderung seems to mean a "change that changes," which of course makes no sense. Divergent change? Same problem.

Thanks for any help.
Susan Welsh
United States
Local time: 14:35
a change not attributable to measurement error
Explanation:
In any form of clinical or statistical measurement there is always an element of measurement error. If someone scores (say) 9.4 on some measurement one week and 9.6 the next week, you have to decide (by some appropriate means) whether the change represents a genuine movement (improvement or deterioriation, depending on what was being measured) or whether the different results are simply the outcome of measurement error. In this hypothetical example it might, say, become clear that a change of up to 0.5 could simply be the results of measurement error. This text is saying that the change recorded needs to be significantly in excess of the possible measurement error.
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Armorel Young
Local time: 19:35
Grading comment
Thanks to all. I queried the editor, who replied: "Abweichende Veränderung" simply means that the change is markedly bigger than a change simply due to a possible measurement error could be."
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3 +2a change not attributable to measurement error
Armorel Young


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a change not attributable to measurement error


Explanation:
In any form of clinical or statistical measurement there is always an element of measurement error. If someone scores (say) 9.4 on some measurement one week and 9.6 the next week, you have to decide (by some appropriate means) whether the change represents a genuine movement (improvement or deterioriation, depending on what was being measured) or whether the different results are simply the outcome of measurement error. In this hypothetical example it might, say, become clear that a change of up to 0.5 could simply be the results of measurement error. This text is saying that the change recorded needs to be significantly in excess of the possible measurement error.

Armorel Young
Local time: 19:35
Specializes in field
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in category: 108
Grading comment
Thanks to all. I queried the editor, who replied: "Abweichende Veränderung" simply means that the change is markedly bigger than a change simply due to a possible measurement error could be."
Notes to answerer
Asker: That's what I had, leaving out the "abweichende." Is it one of those words you can just leave out as redundant?


Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  philgoddard: Though I prefer your "significantly in excess of the possible measurement error" because it's closer to the original.
8 mins

agree  Helen Shiner: what about 'deviant change' as opposed to 'normative change'. I haven't posted it as I don't know whether it would be acceptable terminology in the medical field. However, your suggestions cover the meaning very adequately, too.
2 hrs
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