A few hours ago Peter Dalgaard (of R Core Team) announced the release of R 3.0.0! Bellow you can read the changes in this release. One of the features worth noticing is the introduction of long vectors to R 3.0.0. As David Smith …Read more »

Second part on logistic regression (first one here). We used in the previous post a likelihood ratio test to compare a full and null model. The same can be done to compare a full and nested model to test the contribution of any subset of parameters: Interpretation of coefficients Note: Dohoo do not report the

We continue to explore the book Veterinary Epidemiologic Research and today we’ll have a look at generalized linear models (GLM), specifically the logistic regression (chapter 16). In veterinary epidemiology, often the outcome is dichotomous (yes/no), representing the presence or absence of disease or mortality. We code 1 for the presence of the outcome and 0

There are now quite a few R packages to turn cross-tables and fitted models into nicely formatted latex. In a previous post I showed how to use one of them to display regression tables on the fly. In this post I summarise what types of R object each of the major packages can deal with.

In the previous post, I forgot to show an example of Box-Cox transformation when there’s a lack of normality. The Box-Cox procedure computes values of which best “normalises” the errors. value Transformed value of Y 2 1 0.5 0 -0.5 -1 -2 For example: The plot indicates a log transformation. Matrix Representation We can use

Now, after reading in data, making plots and organising commands with scripts and Sweave, we’re ready to do some numerical data analysis. If you’re following this introduction, you’ve probably been waiting for this moment, but I really think it’s a good idea to start with graphics and scripting before statistical calculations. We’ll use the silly

Introduction Many scientists are concerned about normality or non-normality of variables in statistical analyses. The following and similar sentiments are often expressed, published or taught: "If you want to do statistics, then everything needs to be normally distributed." "We normalized…Read more →

This post will describe linear regression as from the book Veterinary Epidemiologic Research, describing the examples provided with R. Regression analysis is used for modeling the relationship between a single variable Y (the outcome, or dependent variable) measured on a continuous or near-continuous scale and one or more predictor (independent or explanatory variable), X. If