[R] ?Accuracy of prop.test

peter dalgaard pdalgd at gmail.com
Mon Jul 18 10:04:50 CEST 2011

On Jul 18, 2011, at 01:11 , Rolf Turner wrote:

> This
> more sophisticated solution is a pain in the pohutukawa ( :-) ) to calculate by hand, but if you've
> got a computer to do the nasty arithmetic for you, then why not?

Yes. Notice the irony: Textbook authors choose the simplest approximations, because they are easier to understand and generalize more readily; computer software implements  improved approximations for common special cases, because it can. When the software gives results that do not agree with the textbooks, people think that the software is wrong...

Peter Dalgaard
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