Some terms mean one thing in the English language, but have another (usually more specific) meaning in statistics. [Read more…] about Member Training: Confusing Statistical Terms
General Linear Model
At The Analysis Factor, we are on a mission to help researchers improve their statistical skills so they can do amazing research.
We all tend to think of “Statistical Analysis” as one big skill, but it’s not.
Over the years of training, coaching, and mentoring data analysts at all stages, I’ve realized there are four fundamental stages of statistical skill:
There is also a stage beyond these where the mathematical statisticians dwell. But that stage is required for such a tiny fraction of data analysis projects, we’re going to ignore that one for now.
If you try to master the skill of “statistical analysis” as a whole, it’s going to be overwhelming.
And honestly, you’ll never finish. It’s too big of a field.
But if you can work through these stages, you’ll find you can learn and do just about any statistical analysis you need to. [Read more…] about The Four Stages of Mastering Statistical Analysis
Every once in a while, I work with a client who is stuck between a particular statistical rock and hard place.
It happens when they’re trying to run an analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) model because they have a categorical independent variable and a continuous covariate.
The problem arises when a coauthor, committee member, or reviewer insists that ANCOVA is inappropriate in this situation because one of the following ANCOVA assumptions are not met:
1. The independent variable and the covariate are independent of each other.
2. There is no interaction between independent variable and the covariate.
If you look them up in any design of experiments textbook, which is usually where you’ll find information about ANOVA and ANCOVA, you will indeed find these assumptions. So the critic has nice references.
However, this is a case where it’s important to stop and think about whether the assumptions apply to your situation, and how dealing with the assumption will affect the analysis and the conclusions you can draw.
[Read more...] about When Assumptions of ANCOVA are Irrelevant
It’s a little different than the others, though, because it’s an abbreviation for two different terms:
General Linear Model and Generalized Linear Model.
It’s extra confusing because their names are so similar on top of having the same abbreviation.
And, oh yeah, Generalized Linear Models are an extension of General Linear Models.
And neither should be confused with Generalized Linear Mixed Models, abbreviated GLMM.
I am reviewing your notes from your workshop on assumptions. You have made it very clear how to analyze normality for regressions, but I could not find how to determine normality for ANOVAs. Do I check for normality for each independent variable separately? Where do I get the residuals? What plots do I run? Thank you!
I received this great question this morning from a past participant in my Assumptions of Linear Models workshop.
It’s one of those quick questions without a quick answer. Or rather, without a quick and useful answer. The quick answer is:
Do it exactly the same way. All of it.
The longer, useful answer is this: [Read more…] about Checking the Normality Assumption for an ANOVA Model
Generalized linear models, linear mixed models, generalized linear mixed models, marginal models, GEE models. You’ve probably heard of more than one of them and you’ve probably also heard that each one is an extension of our old friend, the general linear model.
This is true, and they extend our old friend in different ways, particularly in regard to the measurement level of the dependent variable and the independence of the measurements. So while the names are similar (and confusing), the distinctions are important.
It’s important to note here that I am glossing over many, many details in order to give you a basic overview of some important distinctions. These are complicated models, but I hope this overview gives you a starting place from which to explore more. [Read more…] about Five Extensions of the General Linear Model