What to know about the ROC curve to ROCk the boards!

Reference: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Board Review. Atif A. Ahmed & Ronald M. Pryzgodzki


How do I choose the "best test"?

Of course, to answer such a question, you have to keep in mind the specific end-goal that is desired as a result of the test. Let's play a 'game' to illustrate this.


Would you rather have a test that...


OPTION 1: ... will pick up every single person with the disease (a highly sensitive test), but may result in a lot of false positives?

or