Date: Mon, 14 Jun 2010 10:57:16 -0400
Reply-To: Ryan Black <ryan.andrew.black@GMAIL.COM>
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From: Ryan Black <ryan.andrew.black@GMAIL.COM>
Subject: Re: when to do separate analysis for gender
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Could you provide a reference for retaining interaction terms that have
On Mon, Jun 14, 2010 at 10:49 AM, Viel, Kevin <email@example.com> wrote:
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> > Subject: when to do separate analysis for gender
> > Hello everybody,
> > I have a question on when we need to do separate analysis and when to do
> > combined analysis.
> > To decide this, we have done descriptive analysis by gender and test many
> > interaction by gender term as well.
> > But the results were not straightforward for that decision.
> > I prefer to do separate analysis complemented by gender interaction. This
> > is
> > because although combined analysis is able to present estimates for sex
> > variable, which separate analysis cannot, it doesn't allow comparison
> > between gender with values. But others in my group think differently.
> > So I would like to your opinion and possibly a reference on this issue,
> > Any comments will be appreciated.
> We need much more information. For instance, your model and a brief
> description of study design. The "interaction" might not sufficiently be
> handled by inclusion of the term "sex*exposure". How you code the terms
> could be a problem.
> I think separate analyses are justifiable as the more conservative
> approach. Remember, that you can model a circle with a triangle, but the
> fit might not be the best. Sex as a dichotomous variable, to me, is always
> questionable, but how objectionably so depends on the study question.
> Note that I used the term sex and you used gender. I made an assumption.
> I prefer gender as a behavioural construct and sex as a physical one.
> Despite being classically treatment as a dichotomous trait, sex is not male
> or female on a refined level. For instance, X0 (Turner's syndrome) and XXY
> (Klinefelter's syndrome) occur more frequently than some might expect.
> Also, the levels of "sex" hormones do not always accurately classify
> physical or karyotypic sex. However, as measurements of sex hormones or
> other traits are rarely done, we are usually stuck with female and male sex.
> By the way, I have seen recommendations that p-values, if you will, on
> interaction terms as high as 0.25 should mean that the term should be
> retained in the absence of a (strong) a priori argument.
> Kevin Viel, PhD
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