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Re: st: Sample size calculation with uneven sample sizes

From   Steve Samuels <>
Subject   Re: st: Sample size calculation with uneven sample sizes
Date   Thu, 24 Jan 2013 01:01:04 -0500

-powercal- by Roger Newson (available at SSC), already recommended by David, has the capability of generating reports for a range of the input parameters. 

You are incorrect in stating that Optimal Design can handle"uneven sample sizes".  It assumes equal sample sizes (page 17, Manual version Oct 16, 2011). If you need uneven sample sizes than you must compute them yourself,  by treating's OD's N as twice the harmonic mean group size.  The only way to do the calculation is to specify the ratio, so you can't avoid it.  But, there are other questions if you have a complex design (the word "survey" is ambiguous).  


On Jan 23, 2013, at 4:25 AM, Matthew Bombyk wrote:

Dear Statalist,

I have a question about power calculations. I currently have a
baseline survey dataset, and we are planning the followup. I would
like to do sample size calculations using various
assumptions/requirements, and on several variables. However, the
-sampsi- command in Stata only allows for power calculations with
uneven sample sizes, not sample size calculations, unless you have a
fixed ratio. Other programs such as Optimal Design appear to have this
feature, but it is unwieldy to perform many power calculations using
different variables and parameters. Does anyone have a solution to
this problem in Stata?


Matthew Bombyk

Project Coordinator
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Tel: +976 9990 1542
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