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Date:         Sun, 25 Sep 2005 13:03:01 +0200
Reply-To:     Marta García-Granero
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From:         Marta García-Granero
Organization: Asesoría Bioestadística
Subject:      Re: MANCOVA data transformation
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Hi Jordan,

JH> I am analyzing the data for my dissertation and I've got a Box's M on one JH> of my DV's (I can tell which one, due to outliers on each end). Since the JH> DV is a ratio, arcsine has been suggested to me as a transformation.

Are you talking about a percentage or just the ratio of two quantitative variables?

Arcsin transformation is suitable for percentages (or fractions, but not any ratio) that are likely to follow a binomial law (instead of the normal law), provided that the denominator is a constant. If lack of HOV is caused simply by some outliers, but not because your data are binomially distributed, then it is not a good idea at all to arcsin transform them.

JH> do you think would be best? And can I only transform one of the two DV's, JH> or do I have to do both? Also, once I transform the data, what other JH> things do I need to keep in mind when looking at other parts of the data? JH> Meaning, the means of the DV etc. These have to be converted back, yes?

Some transformations can be undone, that's why I consider a bit dangerous to use then without a solid reason.

Regards, Marta

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