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Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com> |

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Re: st: Meta-analysis of rates greater than 1 (when the event number is greater than the sample size) |

Date |
Wed, 20 Apr 2011 09:40:06 +0100 |

Your rate is manifestly not a proportion bounded by 0 and 1, so it can be confirmed that Freeman-Tukey transformations and the method you cite do not apply. It is not just that they "do not seem to work"; they are quite wrong. For example, any number greater than 1 has a square root that is also greater than one, so the arcsine of that is undefined. Similarly if p, supposedly a proportion, is greater than 1, then 1 - p < 0 and sqrt(p (1 - p)) is a complex number without statistical interpretation here A more positive answer to your question might be forthcoming from people who use meta-analysis routinely. Such people might be helped by your indicating which Stata program or programs you imagine using. Nick On Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 8:55 AM, Wang, Alberta L <Alberta.L.Wang@uth.tmc.edu> wrote: > Is anyone familiar with how to perform a meta-analysis of rates in Stata when the number of events is greater than the sample size (i.e., when the rate is greater than 1)? > > The data I'm working with has one group per study. To further explain, I am performing a meta-analysis of partner notification outcome rates--for example, the number of sex partners notified per index patient. The index patient is the patient diagnosed with a STI who is notifying his/her sex partners of possible exposure. The number of partners notified (number of events) can be higher than the number of index patients (sample size) because one index patient can notify more than one sex partner. > > I tried using the Freeman-Tukey arcsin transformation and back transformation method for meta-analysis of proportions as described in the archives (http://www.stata.com/statalist/archive/2004-09/msg00386.html). However, this method does not seem to work when the rate is greater than 1. > * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

**Follow-Ups**:**RE: st: Meta-analysis of rates greater than 1 (when the event number is greater than the sample size)***From:*"Maclennan, Graeme S." <g.maclennan@abdn.ac.uk>

**References**:**st: Meta-analysis of rates greater than 1 (when the event number is greater than the sample size)***From:*"Wang, Alberta L" <Alberta.L.Wang@uth.tmc.edu>

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