# Glossary P

## Glossary P

**Parallel search**refers to a search for information in which several stores or slots of information are simultaneously examined to match to the target.

**Parallel teams**which is also called Cross-functional teams, consist of representatives from various departments (functions) within an organization.

**Parametric test**is a test of statistical inference in which assumptions are made about the underlying population distributions, usually that they are normally distributed. Parametric test is likewise, a hypothesis test that uses sample means or sample correlations to evaluate a hypothesis about the corresponding population. Parametric tests rely on sample data consisting of numerical scores.

**paranoid personality disorder**refers to Cluster A (odd or eccentric) personality disorder involving pervasive distrust and suspiciousness of others such that their motives are interpreted as malevolent.