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Surnames as Markers of Pathologies – Two Statistical Techniques and Their Applications

Marco B. L. Rocchi

Puni tekst: engleski pdf 83 Kb

str. 383-385

preuzimanja: 396



The objective of this research is to propose and to validate two different statistical techniques to test the hypothesis of an association between surnames and pathologies, in a population participating in a screening procedure for a given pathology. We propose two statistical methods: a first technique is based on the rarefaction method, and second one is based on the principle of resampling, and it can be considered a special case of a randomisation test. Both the techniques are applied to a data set of babies screened for congenital hypothyroidism (CH), and they gave similar results. The large overlapping of the results seems to suggest a substantial validity of the proposed techniques.

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screening, surnames, congenital hypothyroidism

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