Journal of Genetics

, Volume 43, Issue 3, pp 301–307 | Cite as

Accuracy of mutation rates

  • W. L. Stevens


The use of the standard error of estimates of mutation rates, and other small proportions, is shown to be highly erroneous. A table is provided for rapidly making the exact tests of significance.


Standard Error Mutation Rate Expected Number Recombination Fraction Elio 
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© Indian Academy of Sciences 1942

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. L. Stevens
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  1. 1.Statistical DepartmentRothamsted Experimental StationHarpenden

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