Member Training: Small Sample Statistics

by Audrey Schnell

Despite modern concerns about how to handle big data, there persists an age-old question: What can we do with small samples?

Sometimes small sample sizes are planned and expected.  Sometimes not. For example, the cost, ethical, and logistical realities of animal experiments often lead to samples of fewer than 10 animals.

Other times, a solid sample size is intended based on a priori power calculations. Yet recruitment difficulties or logistical problems lead to a much smaller sample. In this webinar, we will discuss methods for analyzing small samples.  Special focus will be on the case of unplanned small sample sizes and the issues and strategies to consider.


Note: This training is an exclusive benefit to members of the Statistically Speaking Membership Program and part of the Stat’s Amore Trainings Series. Each Stat’s Amore Training is approximately 90 minutes long.

About the Instructor

Audrey Schnell is a statistical consultant and trainer at The Analysis Factor.

Audrey first realized her love for research and, in particular, data analysis in a career move from clinical psychology to research in dementia. As the field of genetic epidemiology and statistical genetics blossomed, Audrey moved into this emerging field and analyzed data on a wide variety of common diseases believed to have a strong genetic component including hypertension, diabetes and psychiatric disorders. She helped develop software to analyze genetic data and taught classes in the US and Europe.

Audrey has worked for Case Western Reserve University, Cedars-Sinai, University of California at San Francisco and Johns Hopkins. Audrey has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and a Ph.D. in Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

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