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False Discovery Rate


  1. Daniela Cocchi,
  2. Massimo Ventrucci

Published Online: 15 JAN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9780470057339.vnn169

Encyclopedia of Environmetrics

Encyclopedia of Environmetrics

How to Cite

Cocchi, D. and Ventrucci, M. 2013. False Discovery Rate. Encyclopedia of Environmetrics. 2.

Author Information

  1. University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JAN 2013


The false discovery rate is the expected value of the ratio of wrongly rejected null hypotheses over the total rejected null hypotheses. In modern multiple testing applications, especially in cases where the number of tests is large, methodologies based on the control of the false discovery rate have proved to be more powerful than classical multiple comparison procedures.


  • false discovery rate;
  • multiple testing;
  • type I error probability;
  • family wise error rate;
  • positive false discovery rate;
  • bayesian false discovery rate