Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2006 20:28:30 +0200
Reply-To: Marta García-Granero
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From: Marta García-Granero
Organization: Asesoría Bioestadística
Subject: Re: Optimal Data Analysis
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You know, what you describe looks a lot like ROC analysis. Why do you
want to use a different tool? What is the advantage of using that ODA
Monday, September 18, 2006, 7:32:58 PM, You wrote:
JN> What is the best way to determine the optimal data value from
JN> a scale level variable and relative to a binary outcome variable?
JN> Specifically what I'm looking for here is a value or cut point on
JN> the scale variable above which we start to see an increase in the
JN> incidence of X. An example might be the optimal psi reading at
JN> which artificial corneas burst. Or, what is the optimal proportion
JN> of the pelvis irradiated at 20 Gy above which we start to see an
JN> increase in the incidence of toxicities?
JN> I know there is a statistical application available
JN> (http://www.apa.org/software/odt/) but I was hoping SPSS could do
JN> this. Can anyone offer advise?
JN> "Absence of evidence
JN> is not evidence of absence"
(Douglas G Altman and Martin J Bland, BMJ 1995;311:485 & BMJ
2004;328:476-477, I like those two papers a lot, and I cite them
Dr. Marta García-Granero,PhD mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
"It is unwise to use a statistical procedure whose use one does
not understand. SPSS syntax guide cannot supply this knowledge, and it
is certainly no substitute for the basic understanding of statistics
and statistical thinking that is essential for the wise choice of
methods and the correct interpretation of their results".
(Adapted from WinPepi manual - I'm sure Joe Abrahmson will not mind)