Term: Specificity

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Last Updated: 2010-05-05

Definition:

One of two indices (the other is sensitivity) used to evaluate the accuracy of a test that predicts dichotomous outcomes (e.g. logistic regression). It is the number of "true negatives" (those testing negative who do not have the disease) divided by all those without the disease.

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