PRESTIGE - The asterisk

Theasterisk is used to call out a footnote, especially when there is only one onthe page. Less commonly, multiple asterisks are used to denote differentfootnotes on a page (i.e., *, **, ***).

An asterisk (*; Late Latin: asteriscus, fromGreek: ἀστερίσκος, asteriskos, "little star") is a typographical symbol orglyph. It is so called because it resembles a conventional image of a star.

Computer scientists and mathematicians oftenpronounce it as star, or, more informally, splat.

In English, anasterisk is usually five-pointed.

In many publications, the asterisk is employed as a shorthand to denotethe significance of results when testing hypotheses. When the likelihood that a result occurred by chancealone is below a certain level, one or more asterisks are displayed.