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  • 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.
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