Type I Error in statistical hypothesis testing is the incorrect rejection of a true null hypothesis (a false positive). More simply stated, a type I error is detecting an effect that is not present. A type I error (or error of the first kind) is the incorrect rejection of a true null hypothesis. Usually, a type I error leads one to conclude that a supposed effect or relationship exists when in fact it doesn’t. Examples of type I errors include a test that shows a patient to have a disease when in fact the patient does not have the disease, a fire alarm going on indicating a fire when in fact there is no fire, or an experiment indicating that a medical treatment should cure a disease when in fact it does not.
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