Liever gemiddeld goed dan eenmalig uitzonderlijk

Translated title of the contribution: Why statisticians prefer average over exceptional

Research output: Contribution to JournalComment / Letter to the editorProfessional


Scores can be surprising, whether they are from sport matches or medical outcomes. In sports we like to preserve the pressure: even the absolute front-runner has only one chance to win the Olympics or World Cup. But what if we encounter a single medical outcome in a study? In those cases we need to be careful with promises of personalized medicine and precision medicine. Clinical science cannot do without repetition and averages.
Translated title of the contributionWhy statisticians prefer average over exceptional
Original languageDutch
Article numberD6642
Pages (from-to)22-23
Number of pages2
JournalNederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
Publication statusPublished - 7 Apr 2022


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