'Wild', 'rogue' or outlying determinations occur periodically during geochemical analysis. Existing tests in the literature for the detection of such determinations within a set of replicate measurements are often misleading. This account describes the chances of detecting outliers and the extent to which correction may be made for their presence in sample sizes of three to seven replicate measurements. A systematic procedure for monitoring data for outliers is outlined. The problem of outliers becomes more important as instrumental methods of analysis become faster and more highly automated; a state in which it becomes increasingly difficult for the analyst to examine every determination. The recommended procedure is easily adapted to such analytical systems. ?? 1974.
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The detection and correction of outlying determinations that may occur during geochemical analysis