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ERIC Number: EJ1115227
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1091-367X
The Influence of Experimental Design on the Detection of Performance Differences
Bates, B. T.; Dufek, J. S.; James, C. R.; Harry, J. R.; Eggleston, J. D.
Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, v20 n4 p200-207 2016
We demonstrate the effect of sample and trial size on statistical outcomes for single-subject analyses (SSA) and group analyses (GA) for a frequently studied performance activity and common intervention. Fifty strides of walking data collected in two blocks of 25 trials for two shoe conditions were analyzed for samples of five, eight, 10, and 12 subjects and five, 10, 25, and 50 trials. SSA revealed a greater number of differences (p < 0.05) than GA for all sample and trial sizes. Increasing sample size resulted in consistent increases in the number of differences for GA; differences for SSA were independent of sample size. Increasing trial size from five to 50 resulted in increased differences for SSA; GA were independent of trial size. Detecting significant differences in group designs is more dependent on the number of subjects, while SSA are more dependent on the number of trials.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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