Author Archives: Joanna Diong

Break, Continue and Pass statements using for loops in Python

In programming, for loops are used to automate repetitive tasks, such as analysing similar datasets from different subjects. Sometimes, a dataset might be slightly different to another such that the data can be used but needs to be analysed differently in the loop. For example, data might have been accidentally sampled at a higher rate, or a nested trial needs

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What are degrees of freedom in statistics? – Part 2

In a previous post we saw that t distributions with more degrees of freedom approximate the Normal distribution more closely, and degrees of freedom are increased by testing more subjects. How do degrees of freedom influence t values when calculating confidence intervals? The confidence interval about an effect indicates how the effect varies if the study is repeated many times.

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Reproducible research practices are underused in systematic reviews of biomedical interventions

Researchers are increasingly encouraged to implement reproducible research practices in their work. These practices include describing the data collected and used for analysis in detail, clearly reporting the analysis method and results, and sharing the dataset and statistical or analysis code. To determine how well reproducible research practices are implemented, Page and colleagues (2017) investigated their implementation in systematic reviews

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