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pseudo- +‎ replication


pseudoreplication (countable and uncountable, plural pseudoreplications)

  1. (statistics, especially in, biology, ecology) The exaggeration of the statistical significance of a set of measurements resulting from treating the data as independent observations when they are in fact interdependent.
    • 2005, Michael J. Crawley, Statistics: an introduction using R‎, page 13:
      There are two kinds of pseudoreplication: / temporal pseudoreplication, involving repeated measurements from the same individual, and / spatial pseudoreplicaiton, involving several measurements taken from the same vicinity.