file-drawer problem

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the notion of statistical studies that show no significant effect tending to remain unpublished in file drawers.

Noun[edit]

file-drawer problem (plural file-drawer problems)

  1. (statistics) The bias to meta-analysis resulting from statistical studies with low statistical power tending to remain unpublished and inaccessible to the analyst.

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