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Calculating sample size using precision for planning

Most sample size calculations for independent or paired samples are performed based on power to detect an effect of a certain size, assuming there’s no effect. Instead, Cumming and Calin-Jageman recommend that readers plan studies to detect precise effects. The 95% confidence interval (CI) indicates precision about effects. Therefore, it is possible to plan studies to detect narrow 95% CIs

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The Conversation: Seven deadly sins of statistical misintepretation, and how to avoid them

The Conversation recently published a nice piece by Louis and Chapman on common statistical misinterpretations and how they can be avoided. Here is summary of the main points: Problem Reason Solution 1. Assuming small differences are meaningful Most small differences are due to chance, not meaningful differences Ask for the margin of error (ie. half of the 95% CI): if

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Independent t-test in Python

In a previous post we learned how to perform an independent t-test in R to determine whether a difference between two groups is important or significant. In this post we will learn how to perform the same test using the Python programming language. Along the way we will learn a few things about t distributions and calculating confidence intervals. dataset.In

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Why we need confidence intervals

At Scientifically Sound, we have reviewed ongoing discussions on the benefits of confidence intervals (CIs) over p values for statistical analysis and reproducibility in research. In a short editorial, the statistician Doug Altman summarised why we need confidence intervals and showed how confidence intervals force investigators to consider sizes of effects. Here are the key points: Two different but complementary

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How are confidence intervals useful in understanding replication?

The growing awareness of the need for reproducibility in research is encouraging, but what does reproducible research actually look like in practice? Marty and I recently had an interesting discussion on what it means for a study’s findings to be independently replicated, and the metrics scientists use to interpret reproducibility. I tend to interpret level of reproducibility using confidence intervals

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How to calculate the confidence interval from a p value

Confidence intervals are widely reported in published research and are usually thought to provide more information than p values from significance tests because confidence intervals indicate how precise an estimate is. Sometimes, however, investigators report an estimate (eg. a mean) and p value, but not the confidence interval about the estimate. In a BMJ statistics note, statisticians Doug Altman and

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