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Top 10 False Positives facts that will blow your mind.

  1. 40 percent of all Wikipedia vandalism is detected by a single bot. It has only 0.1% false positives.

  2. The False Positive Paradox describes a situation where a "highly accurate" test is worthless if the testing condition is rare enough. Example: If 10 people in a city of 20 million are "bad guys" and a surveillance program identifies them with 99% accuracy, then 99.995% of positives will be false

  3. 40% of all Wikipedia vandalism is detected by a single bot. It has only 0.1% false positives.

  4. In a review of clinical drug trials, almost all negative studies were unpublished, leading to the false impression that 93% of antidepressant trials had positive results. When unpublished studies were included, 51% of all clinical trials were positive and 49% were negative.

  5. The "Nigerian Prince" scam is deliberately crafted with an outlandish premise and using poor english, because by sending an email that repels all but the most gullible the scammer gets the most promising marks to self-select, reducing "false positive" responses and increasing profitability

  6. The entire world was saved from Nuclear obliteration by one Russian lieutenant colonel named Stanislav Petrov in 1983 by trusting his gut and not firing retaliatory nuclear strikes after a satellite had a false positive that America was sending 4 nukes their way.

  7. The Hawthorne Effect is when an individual modifies their behavior because they are being observed. Somewhat like a placebo effect, the novelty of being a research subject and the increased attention could lead to behavior changes that result in false positive & inaccurate experiment conclusions

  8. Donald Crowhurst who in 1968 entered an around the world yacht race, he abandoned the race early on but continued to report false positions in an attempt to make it appear as if he was still competing and ultimately went insane and killed himself

  9. A former chemist admitted to the tampering of nearly 40,000 drug cases, making them falsely positive.

  10. False negatives are far more likely to occur than false positives in HIV testing.

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Henry Faulds wrote to Charles Darwin about the potential importance of fingerprinting in the criminal justice system, "but, too old and ill to work on it, Darwin gave the information to his cousin, Francis Galton," who "calculated that the chance of a 'false positive' was about 1 in 64 billion."

The "False positives" scandal. A series of murders from members of the military, who lured mentally impaired civilians to remote parts, killed them and presented them to authorities as guerrilleros killed in battle, in order to receive promotions and other bonuses.

Ranitidine can cause a a false positive on drug tests for amphetamine.

That, because of the False Positive Paradox, if a test for a one in 1000 disease has a true positive rate of 100% and a false positive rate of 5%, the chance of a positive result being correct can be about 2%

In the case of certain rare diseases and their tests, getting a positive result shouldn't be reason to panic. It is much more likely that the test actually gave a false positive than a real positive result, because of the rarity of the disease and the imperfect accuracy of the test.

If you take an HIV test that is 95% accurate, and you receive a positive result, then the probability that it is a FALSE positive is 84%.

There's a theory of the brace position used in safety protocol for airlines in case of the plane crashing, that states the position is designed to kill you because of how much money victims receive if they survive but was tested by MythBusters to be false.

The skin-prick test, used to determine allergies, has a 50-60% false-positive rate

Poppy seeds may affect a drug screen by giving a false positive for Opiates.

Horseradish contains peroxidase enzymes which can produce a false positive for blood samples when mixed with luminol (the liquid used in crime scene investigations that turns blue in a darkened room)

Dr. Omar Bagasra, director of the Center for Biotechnology, observed 70% of KN Reagent test kits rendered a false positive with 42 non-marijuana substances.

A British amateur sailor entered a round-the-world yacht race in 1968, but abandoned the race early in the voyage and reported false positions in an attempt to appear to complete a circumnavigation without actually circling the world. This attempt ended in insanity and suicide.

Even CBD Isolate can cause a false positive drug test for THC if a specific deriviative compound is used for the test. (TFAA)

The Scunthorpe Problem - Profanity blockers on sites having false positives due to certain sequences of letters within a name or phrase.

A woman claimed to be able to smell whether or not someone has Parkinson's disease. She was tested and got 11/12 right. The one 'False Positive' was later diagnosed with Parkinson's too, she smelt it before any symptoms had developed.

In the 2,000s Sony invented a fake critic named David Manning to give false positive reviews to movies. Sony decided to settle a case against them for $5 a person for anyone who saw a movie and was dissatisfied with their fake reviews.

Bernett et al. won a nobel prize by shoving a dead salmon in an fMRI and found brain activity as a point to show a point blatant example of a false positive within Neuroscience.

If you donate plasma consistently for 2 years, you are statistically bound to get deferred for Hepatitis C thanks to the false-positive rate of 0.469%

About the "False positives" scandal. A series of murders from members of the military, who lured mentally impaired civilians to remote parts, killed them and presented them to authorities as guerrilleros killed in battle, in order to receive promotions and other bonuses.

Russia's and Amercia's nuclear arsenals are triggered to launch-on-warning, a system capable of giving false positives. The decrepit Russian warning system allows Putin 2 minutes to verify and decide whether to retaliate.

The false positive rate for BMI tests is between 1% and 5%. The false negative rate might be around 50%.

It's now possible to determine who participated in, planned, or perpetrated criminal acts, directly or indirectly by matching information from the crime scene with information stored in the suspect’s brain repository with zero false positives and negatives.

It's now possible to determine who participated in, planned, or perpetrated criminal acts, directly or indirectly, by matching information from the crime scene with information stored in the suspect’s brain, with zero false positives and negatives

A British amateur sailor entered a round-the-world yacht race in 1968, secretly abandoned the race while reporting false positions in an attempt to appear to complete a circumnavigation without actually circling the world, then went insane and committed suicide by jumping off his boat.

About the "False positives" scandal. A series of murders from members of the military, who lured mentally impaired civilians to remote parts, killed them and presented them to authorities as guerrilleros killed in battle, in order to receive promotions and other bonuses.