Meaning of Yates's correction in English:

Yates's correction

Pronunciation /ˈjeɪtsɪz/


  • A correction for the discreteness of the data that is made in the chi-square test when the number of cases in any class is small and there is one degree of freedom.

    ‘We used the test with Yates's correction to avoid spurious rejection of the null hypothesis when expectations are too small.’
    • ‘We used analyses with Yates's correction for continuity to test the prevalence of clinical and subthreshold eating disorders between the three cities and in the combined samples.’
    • ‘We calculated the risk ratio and 95% confidence interval using EpiInfo and used a test with Yates's correction for the hypothesis test.’
    • ‘Non-attendance rates were expressed as percentage of total appointments (attenders plus non-attenders plus cancellations) and were compared by tests with Yates's correction.’
    • ‘In this case, however, the same allele frequency-dependent pattern was maintained when we considered only interallelic GD shown to be significant by the chi-square test with Yates's correction.’


1930s named after Frank Yates (1902–94), English statistician.