# Beta level

## Beta level is the odds a researcher is willing to take to commit a Type II error

The beta level is used to denote the chances that a researcher is willing to take to commit a Type II error. Unlike with the Type I error, there is no method to calculate the probability of a Type II error. Type II errors occur based on a plethora of different factors.

Most times, researchers tend to choose an arbitrary beta level of .20. The formula for statistical power is (1-beta). So, 1-.20 = .80, or 80% power. Most published studies are powered at an 80% level to detect significant effects, should they actually exist in the population.

Most times, researchers tend to choose an arbitrary beta level of .20. The formula for statistical power is (1-beta). So, 1-.20 = .80, or 80% power. Most published studies are powered at an 80% level to detect significant effects, should they actually exist in the population.

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