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Basics of Biostatistics for Health Research Session 2 – February 14 th, 2013 Dr. Scott Patten, Professor of Epidemiology Department of Community Health Sciences & Department of Psychiatry email@example.com
Go to “www.ucalgary.ca/~patten” www.ucalgary.ca/~patten www.ucalgary.ca/~patten Scroll to the bottom. Right click to download the files described as being “for PGME Students” –One is a dataset –One is a data dictionary Save them on your desktop
What is a “do” file? It is a text file – you can copy and paste from the output window in Stata, or from a word processor It is a computer program that consists of actual commands and therefore doesn’t need a compiler Others would call it a “macro”
Different Types of Data One type of distinction –Nominal (e.g. sex, race) –Ordinal (e.g. rating scales) –Cardinal (e.g. physical measures) Another type of distinction –Categorical (e.g. # of pregnancies) –Continuous (e.g. height, weight)
The BMI in our Data Set This is an example of a continuous variable
Changing Data Types in Stata (e.g. continuous to categorical) recode bmi x/y=z This will recode all values of the variable bmi having values from x to y to a single value equal to z.
Interpretation of BMI Underweight: < 18.5 Normal weight: 18.5 to 25 Over weight: >25 to 30 Obese: 30+ Your task: Make a “do file” that calculates a 95% confidence interval for the proportion of the population that are overweight or obese.
Example of Code for this… generate owo = bmi recode owo 0/25 = 0 25.01/100 = 1 tab owo, missing ci owo, binomial
Another Task… Add a use command to your do file Save your “do file” on the desktop using a descriptive file name of your choice Exit Stata Open Stata again Open the “do file” editor and select your do file Execute your “do file”
The Power of “do files” Task: Calculate an exact 95% CI for the proportion of the population that are obese (BMI > 30) IMPORTANT: do NOT start from scratch as we did before – try to do this by editing your do file.
Another Task… Start a log file Run your “do file” Close and save the resulting log file on your desktop Open your log file
“do file” Etiquette When you add an * before a line on a “do file” Stata will ignore that line Use this to…. –Add descriptive comments to your code –Remove commands that you don’t want now, but might want later
Back to BMI May not wish to categorize variables like this Measures of central tendency –Mode –Median –Mean Different types of graphs are useful for examining continuous variables –Box plots –Histograms
Terminology Median: value with 50% of observations above and 50% below. Interquartile range – contains 50% of observations – plus or minus one quartile Adjacent values (whiskers) – observation that is less than 1.5x the IQR Outliers: anything outside of the adjacent values
Calculating Summary Stats Calculate summary stats for BMI
Calculating Summary Stats Calculate the mean BMI
The Histogram Dialogue Box Select the variable here Select the bin# here
A Task for You to Do… Make 3 histograms of BMI –In one use the default number of bins –In one use a larger number –In one, use a smaller number Save your favorite histogram Open it in the graph editor, give it a title and improve its appearance Save it in a standard form (e.g. png, jpg, tif)
Statistical Tests Start with an hypothesis that an “effect” exists –In this case, that there is an effect of sex on BMI Assume that the effect DOES NOT exist –This is the null hypothesis Find the probability of results, or those more extreme given the null hypothesis –This is what the “test” calculates for you If the null is unlikely (alpha value), reject it
The t-test (assumptions) The variables are approximately normally distributed The standard deviations of the two groups are approximately equal The two samples are independent
Using summarize similarly Use summarize with “by” in the dialogue box Use histograms with a normal density plot and the “by” tab in the dialogue box Your task: use these two techniques to assess the t-test assumptions.
You can also do this with tab tab obese sex, exact
Your Final Task for Today Create a “do file” that … –Reads in the data –Recodes BMI to a categorical variable for obesity –Tests whether obesity differs between men and women Create a log file to store the results