Re: [R] OT: Statistics question

From: Peter Dalgaard <>
Date: Thu 01 Dec 2005 - 04:26:29 EST

tom wright <> writes:

> I apologise for asking this question here but I am hoping that someone
> can either give me direct guidance and/or point me to a better group for
> this type of disucssion.
> I have what I feel should be a fairly simple problem but which my
> limited stats knowledge can't answer. I have two overlapping
> distributions (both normal) and I want to answer the question how do I
> calculate the cut-off value so I can be 95% sure that samples => than
> the cut off fall in the right hand distribution?
> A while ago I did a bayesian statistics course that I think answered
> this very question but in the absence of any course notes or recent
> practice Ihave forgotten how to go about this.

The ratio of the tail probabilities should be bigger than 19 (.95/.05), *if* there is a 50/50 chance of belonging to either group. Otherwise, you have to weight the tails according to the group probability. Beware that this ratio is not necessarily a monotone function of the cutoff if the variances differ.

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