Periodontal Research Wars: Navigating Through Minefield of Statistical Jargon

Authors

  • Shalini Mundra
  • Neetha J. Shetty
  • Srikant N
  • Aakash Agnihotri

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v16i3.18306

Keywords:

Statistical analysis; tests of significance; periodontal research; research methodology; data; flowcharts.

Abstract

Statistical analysis is considered to be the backbone of research and however challenging it is to a clinician, it plays
a crucial part for a researcher to comprehend the various presumptions underlying the statistical methods. In the
field of periodontology, statistical analysis is routinely used for management and interpretation of data. Yet, many
periodontists find it difficult to understand the various statistical methods used in periodontal researches. Thus,
this paper aims to cover the basictenetsof statistical analysisin a simplified manner with the help of flowcharts,
specially emphasising on understanding few crucial points beforechoosing any statistical test. Later section of the
article takes an application-based approach by incorporating the already illustratedflowcharts and crucial points.

Author Biographies

Shalini Mundra

Post Graduate, Department of Periodontics, Manipal College of Dental Sciences,Mangalore, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Karnataka, India

Neetha J. Shetty

Professor and Head, Department of Periodontics, Manipal College of Dental Sciences,
Mangalore, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Karnataka, India

Srikant N

Professor and Head, Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Mangalore, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Karnataka, India

Aakash Agnihotri

Post Graduate, Department of Prosthodontics and Crown and Bridge,Himachal Dental College, Sundarnagar, Himachal University, Himachal Pradesh, India.

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Published

2022-07-04

How to Cite

Shalini Mundra, Neetha J. Shetty, Srikant N, & Aakash Agnihotri. (2022). Periodontal Research Wars: Navigating Through Minefield of Statistical Jargon. Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, 16(3), 329–338. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v16i3.18306