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RE: st: The use of Obuchowski method in Stata? (with ref)

From   "Newson, Roger B" <>
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Subject   RE: st: The use of Obuchowski method in Stata? (with ref)
Date   Tue, 17 Mar 2009 11:19:32 +0000

Perhaps something similar to what Sophie is looking for can be done using the -somersd- package, downloadable from SSC. The -somersd- package computes confidence intervals for a range of rank statistics, including Somers' D and Harrell's c (which is the area under the receiver-operator curve for a binary X), and the differences between Somers' D and Harrell's c parameters. In Stata, type

ssc desc somersd

for a description of -somersd-, and

ssc inst somersd, replace

to install -somersd-, and type

net get somersd.pdf
net get cendif.pdf
net get censlope.pdf

to download the 3 .pdf manuals to your local folder. These manuals, and the online help files, contain references to further papers.

I hope this helps.

Best wishes


Roger B Newson BSc MSc DPhil
Lecturer in Medical Statistics
Respiratory Epidemiology and Public Health Group
National Heart and Lung Institute
Imperial College London
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-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Svend Juul
Sent: 17 March 2009 11:08
Subject: Re: st: The use of Obuchowski method in Stata? (with ref) 

Sophie Royannis wrote:
I would like to know if someone of you have used the Obuchowski method in Stata, and how does it work in this software.

Is there any program which can help me ?
Nancy A.Obuchowski, Cleveland clinic foundation
"Estimating & comparing diagnostic tests accuracy when the gold standard is not binary"

Advice: Give as full a reference as possible, to improve the chance of response. I found:
Obuchowski NA. Estimating and comparing diagnostic tests' accuracy when the gold standard is not binary. Acad Radiol 2005; 12: 1198-1204.
That paper mentions more than one non-binary scenario and Obuchowski discusses more than one method - and I am not sure how to interpret the results.
   . findit Obuchowski
gives no hits, so I doubt that Stata has something that corresponds directly to Obuchowski's paper.
Hope this helps
Svend Juul
Institut for Folkesundhed, Afdeling for Epidemiologi
(Institute of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology)
Bartholins Allé 2
DK-8000 Aarhus C,  Denmark 
Phone:   +45 8693 7796 
Mobile:  +45 2634 7796

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