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# goodness of fit

A statistical term used to indicate the correspondence between an observed distribution and a model or hypothetical mathematical distribution. In many statistical tests of significance the hypothetical or expected distribution is a model based upon there being no relationship between the dependent and independent variables . The tests then measure whether any observed deviation from the expected model may reasonably be accounted for by chance sampling variation, or whether it is sufficiently large to indicate a real difference, generalizable to the population from which the sample was taken. See also significance tests.

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• fit — I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English fitt; akin to Old Saxon fittea division of a poem, Old High German fizza skein Date: before 12th century archaic a division of a poem or song II. adjective (fitter; fittest) Etymology: Middle… …   New Collegiate Dictionary