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re: st: ANCOVA repeated measures error

From   David Airey <david.airey@Vanderbilt.Edu>
To   Statalist <>
Subject   re: st: ANCOVA repeated measures error
Date   Mon, 9 Nov 2009 14:30:51 -0600


Another problem is that your subject id is not the repeated measure variable. It's time of measurement, which is not in your model. Perhaps another problem is that you have missing data and you are not clear that even for the dates, serum was measured, you don't say they are the same across subjects.


Hi all,

I recently moved to STATA from another statistical software and was
trying to analyze some data using ANCOVA, but I keep getting an error

The data being analyzed includes some serum concentration values for
an analyte (continuous variable) that was measured at multiple times
during a 3 year period from study participants.  The number of
measurements for each person ranges from 10-15.  The participants are
also divided into two groups (drug+ and drug-).  Over time, as the
person ages, the concentrations change.  We were trying to evaluate
whether the rate of change... the slope... was different between the
two groups.

To do this, I thought that I could do an ANCOVA which includes a
variable denoting repeated measures.  The syntax I used was:

anova ser_conc drug age, continuous(age) repeated(id) partial

where, id is a unique numeric id for each study subject.  The error I
get states: "could not determine between-subject basic unit; use
bseunit() option".  I've tried using the "bse" option but that doesn't
help.  I've also included id in the model but that didn't help either.
Obviously, I'm doing something wrong with the syntax but haven't been
able to figure out the problem.

So what am I doing wrong there?  Is the model totally wrong the way I
have written it?  I tried searching for help on this but didn't get
far.  Would appreciate any help I can get.  Thanks a heap in advance.

- Steve
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