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Int J Food Microbiol. 2007 May 30;116(3):313-8. Epub 2007 Feb 14.

Analysing microbiological data: Tobit or not Tobit?

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South Australian Research and Development Institute, Glenside, SA 5065, Australia. lorimer.michelle@saugov.sa.gov.au

Abstract

In this paper, methods used to collect microbiological data and the common statistical technique used to analyse such data are discussed. An alternative statistical approach, considered more appropriate for many microbial datasets is suggested. The effectiveness of this method is demonstrated using a simulation study and then, for a practical example, its application in a study on the effectiveness of a decontamination process for chicken carcases.

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