Multicollinearity is one of those terms in statistics that is often defined in one of two ways:
1. Very mathematical terms that make no sense — I mean, what is a linear combination anyway?
2. Completely oversimplified in order to avoid the mathematical terms — it’s a high correlation, right?
So what is it really? In English?
Effect size statistics are required by most journals and committees these days — for good reason.
They communicate just how big the effects are in your statistical results — something p-values can’t do.
But they’re only useful if you can choose the most appropriate one and if you can interpret it.
This can be hard in even simple statistical tests. But once you get into complicated models, it’s a whole new story. (more…)