 Chapter Eighteen MEASURES OF ASSOCIATION

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Chapter Eighteen MEASURES OF ASSOCIATION

Parametirc vs. Nonparametric Measures of Association
Parametirc measure of association is for continuous variables measured on an interval or ratio scale. Bivariate correlation (Pearson correlation) is a typical parametric measure of association. The coefficient does not distinguish between independent and dependent variables. Nonparametric measure of association is for nominal or ordinal data.

Bivariate Correlation Analysis
Pearson correlation coefficient r symbolized the coefficient's estimate of linear association based on sampling data Correlation coefficients reveal the magnitude and direction of relationships Coefficient’s sign (+ or -) signifies the direction of the relationship Assumptions of r Linearity Bivariate normal distribution

Bivariate Correlation Analysis
Scatterplots Provide a means for visual inspection of data the direction of a relationship the shape of a relationship the magnitude of a relationship (with practice)

Interpretation of Coefficients
Relationship does not imply causation Y could cause X X could cause Y X and Y could influence each other. X and Y could be affected by a third variable. Statistical significance is measured by t-value. Statistical significance does not imply a relationship is practically meaningful

Interpretation of Coefficients
Be careful about artifact correlations Coefficient of determination (r2) The amount of common variance in X and Y F-test is used for goodness of fit. Correlation matrix used to display coefficients for more than two variables

Bivariate Linear Regression
Establish a linear relationship between a independent variable (X) and a dependent variable (Y). Use the observed value of X to estimate or predict corresponding Y value. Regression coefficients Slope: β1 = Δ Y / Δ X Intercept: βo = Y bar – β1 X bar

Bivariate Linear Regression
Error term: deviation of the ith observation from the regression line represented by βo + β1 Xi , i.e., εi = Yi - βo - β1 Xi Method of Least Squares Regression line is line of best fit for the data. To find the best fit, the method of least squares is used. Method of least squares is to minimize Σ εi2 (the total squared errors of estimate). Technically, calculus (differentiation) is used to solve for β1 and βo..

Interpreting Linear Regression
Goodness of fit T test for individual coefficients Zero slope (β1 = 0) means Y completely unrelated to X and no systematic pattern is evident constant values of Y for every value of X data are related, but represented by a nonlinear function F test for the model F value is related to r2 (coefficient of determination)

Interpreting Linear Regression
Residuals What remain after the line is fitted Estimated error terms Standardized residuals are comparable to Z scores with a mean of 0 and a standard deviation of 1. Confidence band vs. prediction band

Measures for Nominal Data
When there is no relationship at all, coefficient is 0 When there is complete dependency, the coefficient displays unity or 1 The following measures are used for nominal data (next slide).

Measures for Nominal Data
Chi-square based measure Phi Cramer’s V Contingency coefficient of C Proportional reduction in error (PRE) Lambda Tau

Characteristics of Ordinal Data
Concordant- subject who ranks higher on one variable also ranks higher on the other variable Discordant- subject who ranks higher on one variable ranks lower on the other variable

Measures for Ordinal Data
No assumption of bivariate normal distribution Most based on concordant/discordant pairs Values range from +1.0 to -1.0

Measures for Ordinal Data
The following test statistics are used. Gamma Somer’s d Spearman’s rho Kendall’s tau b Kendall’s tau c

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