I am performing experiments where results can be classified as true positive, true negative, false positive, or false negative. Is there a good word for this kind of classification?

I have considered just using "classification". I also considered something like "error type", as in Type I or Type II error, but I find it misleading since the result might not actually be an error.

Example usage:

"The ___ of the experiment was true negative".

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    Truth value, though not strictly applicable, could be used to get your meaning across.
    – Tushar Raj
    May 6, 2015 at 12:59
  • What's wrong with the result/outcome of the experiment...?
    – Tushar Raj
    May 6, 2015 at 12:59

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Why not use «result» as in your example? If this works, you might also want to consider «outcome».

  • Both suggestions are good, in my opinion, but do you mean to say "If this doesn't work" rather than "If this works" in your second sentence?
    – Sven Yargs
    May 7, 2015 at 0:00
  • If «result» does not work semantically, «outcome» probably would not work either. But if it does, which word to chose is a matter of taste. May 7, 2015 at 7:31
  • The "result" of the experiment says whether the test was positive or negative, but not whether that result was correct or not
    – MariusUt
    May 7, 2015 at 7:58

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