# "Question to pairwise T-test in online tutorial"

Member Posts: 11 Contributor II
edited May 2019 in Help
Hello everybody,

in order to understand the use of rapid miner 5.0 in detail, i performed the online tutorial of rapid miner 5.0. In step 25 of the tutorial, the pairwise t-test for model comparison is explained. Here both validation processes don´t use local random seed, but global random seed, so that the splitting of the data at hand is expected to differ from each other. But according to data mining literature, performing of pairwise t-test assumes the same manner of data splitting, so i am wondering , if the same local random seed should be better used, to get the same split in training and test data.

Maybe i didn´t understand the idea behind local and global random seed, so i hope you colud help me concerning pairwise t-test and choosing global or local random seed.

Thank you very much.

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