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- Using the curve to compare two tests. ROC curves also can be used to compare two diagnostic tests. The area under the curve represents the overall accuracy of a test; the larger the area, the better the test (Knapp and Miller, 1992).

- The ROC curve for a test that conveys no information falls on the diagonal running from lower left to upper right.

- In comparing two ROC curves, the one closest to the upper left corner (i.e., the curve with the greatest total area below and to the right of it) has the greater sensitivity and specificity and hence is the more accurate of the two.