On 9 Feabh 2007, at 17:41, Mak, Timothy wrote:
My hypothesis is that the proportion of attendance for the control
group
is 0.5, and the proportion for the experimental group is 0.8. How
do you
translate that into a z-test?
This is not how you set a statistical power (unless I have
misunderstood they way you have phrased this). Note that the power
calculation must be set to the minimum effect size that is clinically
significant (has 'real world' significance) not to the size that you
expect the effect to be.
The rationale is that a study should have a reasonable power (90% or
95% – no-one believes 80% is reasonable!) to detect the smallest
effect size that is clinically significant. You may believe that the
effect is quite large, but if you base your power calculation on this
large effect size, you have a significant chance of failing to detect
an effect which, although small, would still be clinically important.
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