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What is Target Shuffling?

Target Shuffling is a process for testing the statistical accuracy of data mining results. It is particularly useful for identifying false positives, or when two events or variables occurring together are perceived to have a cause-and-effect relationship, as opposed to a coincidental one. The more variables you have, the easier it becomes to ‘oversearch’ and identify (false) patterns among them—called the ‘vast search effect’. Learn more