# st: RE: CC exact 95% confidence interval brackets 1 while the P value is < .05

 From "Newson, Roger B" To Subject st: RE: CC exact 95% confidence interval brackets 1 while the P value is < .05 Date Thu, 28 Sep 2006 09:07:40 +0100

The "exact" confidence limits are not really exact confidence limits for
the odds ratio, but conservative confidence limits for the odds ratio,
derived using the exact hypergeometric distribution of the top left cell
of your table, assuming the marginal totals. As they are conservative,
you expect them sometimes to bracket 1 when the Fisher exact P-value is
slightly greater than 0.05.

The so-called "exact" confidence limits for the binomial proportion and
the Poisson mean, given by -cii-, are also conservative in a similar
way.

I hope this helps.

Roger

Roger Newson
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-----Original Message-----
From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
[mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Bill
Warburton
Sent: 27 September 2006 21:15
To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject: st: CC exact 95% confidence interval brackets 1 while the P
value is < .05

Can you tell me why the exact 95% confidence interval brackets 1 while
the P
value is < .05?

In a logistic regression I was suspicious of the rather narrow
confidence
intervals in the analysis of a relatively rare event so I checked using
a
2x2 table with an exact test (results below) and the exact confidence
interval does indeed bracket 1, but the p-value given is less than
.05(?).

Can you tell me how to interpret/report this?

. cc xp1 disease ,e;
Proportion
|   Exposed   Unexposed  |      Total     Exposed
-----------------+------------------------+------------------------
Cases |         2          99  |        101       0.0198
Controls |         7        3315  |       3322       0.0021
-----------------+------------------------+------------------------
Total |         9        3414  |       3423       0.0026
|                        |
|      Point estimate    |    [95% Conf. Interval]
|------------------------+------------------------
Odds ratio |           9.5671       |    .9562236    50.98143
(exact)
Attr. frac. ex. |         .8954751       |   -.0457805     .980385
(exact)
Attr. frac. pop |         .0177322       |
+-------------------------------------------------
1-sided Fisher's exact P = 0.0271
2-sided Fisher's exact P = 0.0271

Other information: Bitest assuming that the true proportion is .0021
gives P
= 0.019410 which is very close to the probability of observing 2 or more
cases out of 101 exposed in a Poisson distribution with mean .0021.

Bill

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