In a previous blog I suggested that many readers in many applied areas are reading statistics texts under duress for a course or project, and are in truth somewhere between disinterested and terrified. In my new SAS Press book Business Statistics Made Easy in SAS® I make use of various

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I recently received this interesting question regarding Multilevel Models after one of my last blog posts: Question: Can you tell me when a multilevel-model is not appropriate? I have data that by design is clustered but the random intercept in the nul...

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Multilevel models (also called hierarchical linear models) are used to analyze clustered or grouped data, as well as longitudinal or repeated measures data. Consider the simple scenario shown below, where Y is continuous and is shown as a function of a...

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If you have data where the observations are not independent due to nesting or clustering, you may need a multilevel model. Another scenario that would require a multilevel model is if you have data where observations have been gathered multiple times o...

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FINALLY…the simplest ESTIMATE statements to write are for continuous variables not involved in interactions or higher order terms. Consider a data set containing the 2004 SAT scores for each of the 50 states. The file includes the combined math and v...

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My previous blog demonstrated the most difficult type of ESTIMATE statement to write—a two-way (or higher) ANOVA with interactions. An "easy button" for ESTIMATE statement comes by having a simpler model. Models with only main effects and no interact...

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When asked to select the best (or worst) of something in a business setting, do you wish you had "magic glasses" to see the answer? PROC GLM and other statistical modeling procedures have their own versions of such an item with their ESTIMATE (and CONT...

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When you think of statistical process control, or SPC for short, what industry first comes to your mind? In the past 10 or 15 years, diverse industries have begun to standardize processes and administrative tasks with statistical process control. ...

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