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MANOVA from beginning to end : Creating the scales

Last time, we saw how to recode variables to score answers correct or incorrect, on a rating scale and weighted by importance. Today, we’re going to look at creating some scales from those variables because for reasons I’m sure I have written about at some point in the past, single items are usually not very…

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MANOVA beginning to end: Recoding Data is Part of the Process

Other people want to go see the new Wonder Woman movie. I’ve been wanting to talk about MANOVA, but first, we need some decent dependent and independent measures. I have the India Human Development Survey data on over 39,000 women and my hypothesis is that education is related to women’s rights’ issues, especially autonomy, health…

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Getting STC files into SAS Studio – one reason I’m using it for class

It’s been almost two weeks of reviewing textbooks, revising my syllabus and I have to go back to it in a couple of hours to edit my last few powerpoints before class starts. Yes, when I was a brand-new baby professor I was sometimes rushing to write a lecture before class, but now that I…

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Pointy, Clicky Propensity Score Matching With SAS

Hopefully, you have read my Beginner’s Guide to Propensity Score matching or through some other means become aware of what the hell propensity score matching is. Okay, fine, how do you get those propensity scores? Think about this carefully for a moment, if you are using quintiles, you are matching people by which group they…

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SAS vs SPSS for Teaching Multivariate Analysis in Social Sciences

I have to choose between either SAS or SPSS for a new course in multivariate statistics. You can take it up with the university if you like, but ¬†these are my only two options, in part because the course is starting soon. I need to decide in a few days which way to go. Here…

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How to compute a standard deviation and control chart when you don’t have raw data

It ought to be easier than this and perhaps I could have found an easier way if I had more patience than the average ant or very young infant. However, I don’t. Here was the problem. I wanted control charts for two different variables, satisfaction with care, surveyed at discharge, and satisfaction with care 3…

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Excel for regression analysis: What a surprise!

I wouldn’t normally consider Excel for analysis, but there are four reasons I’ll be using it sometimes for the next class I’m teaching. First of all, we start out with some pretty basic statistics, I’m not even sure I’d call them statistics, and Excel is good for that kind of stuff. Second, Excel now has…