STAT301_8.31.09 - STAT 301 8.31.09 Lesson 3 Section 2.6...

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STAT 301 8.31.09 Lesson 3, Section 2.6 Example 2: To See which regime gets the most pounds off… Twelve overweight females have agreed to participate in a study of the effectiveness of four reducing regiments, A, B, C, and D. The researcher first calculates how overweight each subject is by comparing the subject’s actual weight with her “ideal” weight. The response variable is the weight lost after eight weeks of treatment. Outline the design of a randomized comparative experiment for this study. The following subjects have given consent to participate in this study. Do the random assignment required by your design using the following random numbers Block Design is best for this experiment. Completely Randomized would include a lurking variable of how much the ladies weighed before they went through the experiment 19224 95034 05756 28713 96409 12531 42544 8285373676 46150 30568 35098 The subjects and their excess weights in pounds are: Birnbaum 35 Hernandez 25 Brown 23 Jackson 33 Brunk 34 Tran 43 Dixon 21 Loren 32 Moses 41 Smith 38 Ram 26 Brennan 44 For the above problem, because the initial amount overweight will influence the response variable, a block design is appropriate for this study. a. Arrange the subjects in order of increasing excess weight. Form three blocks by grouping the four least overweight, then the next four, and so on. b. Use the numbers above to do the required random assignment of subjects to the four reducing regiments separately within each block. The 12 subjects work into 3 blocks: going by the random number table… Dixon Regiment A Brown Regiment B Hernandez Regiment D Ram Regiment C Loren Regiment D Jackson Regiment C Brunk Regiment A Baum Regiment B Smith Regiment A Moses Regiment D Tran Regiment B Brennan Regiment C Data Gathering Subjects When you are gathering data, follow the following data gathering ethics principles: 1. Planned studies should be reviewed by a board to protect the subjects from harm. 2. All subjects must give their informed consent before data are collected. 3. All individual data must be kept confidential. Only summaries can be made public.
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Three Bad examples (which principles were violated?) Tuskegee Study (Quotation from the Report of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study Legacy Committee, May 20, 1996. A detailed history is James H. Jones, Bad Blood: The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment, Free Press, 1993.) In 1930, syphilis was common among black men in the rural South, a group that had almost no access to medical care. The Public Health Service Tuskegee study recruited 399 poor black share croppers with syphilis and 201 others without the disease in order to observe how syphilis progressed when no treatment was given. Beginning in 1943, penicillin became available to treat syphilis. The study subjects were not treated. In fact, the Public Health Service prevented any treatment until word leaked out and forced an end to the study in 1970s. Doesn’t follow 1
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