One component often overlooked in the ‘Define & Design’ phase of a study, is writing the analysis plan. The statistical analysis plan integrates a lot of information about the study including the research question, study design, variables and data used, and the type of statistical analysis that will be conducted.
What’s the difference between Multilevel Models, Mixed Models, and Hierarchical Models? I get this question a lot. The answer: very little.
Centering a covariate –a continuous predictor variable–can make regression coefficients much more interpretable. That’s a big advantage, particularly when you have many coefficients to interpret. Or when you’ve included terms that are tricky to interpret, like interactions or quadratic terms. For example, say you had one categorical predictor with 4 categories and one continuous covariate, […]
Statistical contrasts are a tool for testing specific hypotheses and model effects, particularly comparing specific group means.
by Danielle Bodicoat Statistics can tell us a lot about our data, but it’s also important to consider where the underlying data came from when interpreting results, whether they’re our own or somebody else’s. Not all evidence is created equally, and we should place more trust in some types of evidence than others.
The field of statistics has a terminology problem. It affects students’ ability to learn statistics. It affects researchers’ ability to communicate with statisticians; with collaborators in different fields; and of course, with the general public. It’s easy to think the real issue is that statistical concepts are difficult. That is true. It’s not the whole truth, […]
What are goodness of fit statistics? Is the definition the same for all types of statistical model? Do we run the same tests for all types of statistic model?
A regression analysis with one dependent variable and 8 independent variables is NOT a multivariate regression. It's a multiple regression. Multivariate analysis ALWAYS refers to the dependent variable.
Before you can write a data analysis plan, you have to choose the best statistical test or model. You have to integrate a lot of information about your research question, your design, your variables, and the data itself.
Every time you analyze data, you start with a research question and end with communicating an answer. In fact, defining that research question is vital to getting to the right answer. But in between those start and end points are twelve other steps. I call this the Data Analysis Pathway. It’s a framework I put […]