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Table 1 Percent reduction (%) of workload for different extent of sample pooling (2–8 samples/pool) based on estimated infection rates (1–20%)

From: Geographical heterogeneity in prevalence of subclinical malaria infections at sentinel endemic sites of Myanmar

Estimated infection rate (%) Number of samples per pool
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 47.80 63.09 70.24 74.15 75.93 77.77 78.54
2 45.71 59.68 65.71 68.57 69.37 70.20 70.00
3 43.72 56.43 61.40 63.26 63.10 62.99 61.86
4 41.82 53.33 57.27 58.18 57.12 56.10 54.09
5 40.00 50.37 53.33 53.33 51.41 49.52 46.67
6 38.26 47.54 49.57 48.70 45.94 43.23 39.57
7 36.60 44.82 45.96 44.26 40.71 37.20 32.77
8 35.00 42.22 42.50 40.00 35.69 31.43 26.25
9 33.47 39.73 39.18 35.92 30.88 25.89 20.00
10 32.00 37.33 36.00 32.00 26.27 20.57 14.00
11 30.59 35.03 32.94 28.24 21.83 15.46 8.24
12 29.23 32.82 30.00 24.62 17.56 10.55 2.69
13 27.92 30.69 27.17 21.13 13.46 5.82 -2.64
14 26.67 28.64 24.44 17.78 9.51 1.27 -7.78
15 25.45 26.67 21.82 14.55 5.70 -3.12 -12.73
16 24.29 24.76 19.29 11.43 2.02 -7.35 -17.50
17 23.16 22.92 16.84 8.42 -1.52 -11.43 -22.11
18 22.07 21.15 14.48 5.52 -4.94 -15.37 -26.55
19 21.02 19.44 12.20 2.71 -8.25 -19.18 -30.85
20 20.00 17.78 10.00 0.00 -11.44 -22.86 -35.00