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Date:         Thu, 24 Oct 2002 15:00:33 -0400
Reply-To:     Richard Ristow <>
Sender:       "SPSSX(r) Discussion" <SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         Richard Ristow <>
Subject:      Re: Some formulae needed
Comments: To: "Burleson,Joseph A." <>
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At 01:34 PM 10/24/2002 -0400, Burleson,Joseph A. wrote:

>In Cohen's power book, the formula for finding the "harmonic" >(geometric) mean is: > >n' = 2*(n1)*(n2)/(n1 + n2) > >Note that when n1 = n2, this becomes the same as the arithmetic mean: > >n-bar = (n1 + n2)/2 > >In effect, your "average" sample size per group incurrs a stiffer >penalty the more discrepant the difference between the two group sizes.

To correct the terminology: This IS the formula for the harmonic mean. (The defining formula is

1/n' = (1/n1 + 1/n2)/2

but that's less convenient for calculation.)

The GEOMETRIC mean is a different value:

n' = SQRT(n1*n2)

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