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Discriminatory Power Calculator

The ?show=formula">Discriminatory Power (D) is the average probability that the typing system will assign a different type to two unrelated strains randomly sampled in the microbial population of a given taxon.

This tool has been created to help calculate this parameter, and source code is available at biophp.org

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" method=post> Add number of samples assigned to each type separated by comma:

Number of unrelated strains:
Number of types:
Discriminatory power:

Example: a novel typing system was used to type 100 randomly sampled E. coli strains. Four types were obtained, and to each type the following number of strains was assigned:

Type A: 40 strains
Type B: 30 strains
Type C: 20 strains
Type D: 10 strains

With this data, discriminatory power was calculated and its value was 0.7071


Hunter P. Reproducibility and indices of discriminatory power of microbial typing methods. J Clin Microbiol 1990; 28: 1903-5. PubMed.

A Discriminatory Power (D) value of 1.0 would indicate that a typing method was able to distinguish each member of a strain population from all other members of that population. Conversely, an index of 0.0 would indicate that all members of a strain population were of an identical type. An index of 0.50 would mean that if one strain was chosen at random from a strain population, then there would be a 50% probability that the next strain chosen at random would be indistinguishable from the first.

This statistical was originally described by Simpson (1954).