Statistics and Statistical Programming (Spring 2019)/Problem Set: Week 6

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Programming Challenges

We're going to evaluate and replicate the analysis done in this paper:

Lagakos, S., & Mosteller, F. (1981). A case study of statistics in the regulatory process: the FD&C Red No. 40 experiments. Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 66(1), 197–212. [PDF]
PC0. Download the dataset by clicking through on the "Red Dye Number 40" link on this webpage. You'll find that the it's not in an ideal setup. It's an Excel file (XLS) with a series of columns labeled X1.. X4. The format is not exactly tabular. If you look at the website with the data and/or Table 1 in the paper you should be able to figure out what each column stands for.
PC1. Load the data into R. Now get to work on reshaping the dataset. I think a good format would be a data frame with two columns: group and weeks_alive.
PC2. Create summary statistics and visualizations for each group. Write code that allows you to generate a useful way to both (a) get a visual sense both for the shape of the data and its relationships and (b) the degree to which the assumptions for t-tests and ANOVA hold. What is the global mean of your dependent variable?
PC3. Estimate an ANOVA analysis using aov() to see if there is a difference between the groups. Be ready to report, interpret, and discuss the results in substantive terms.
PC4. After performing an ANOVA analysis, people sometimes do t-tests between the groups. Do a t-test between mice with none RD40 and mice with any (i.e., at least a small amount). Next, run a t-test between the group with a high dosage and control group. How would you go about doing it using formula notation? Be ready to report, interpret, and discuss the results in substantive terms. How should you interpret p-values if you do these tests after an ANOVA analysis?

Statistical Questions from OpenIntro §6

SQ0. Any questions or clarifications from the OpenIntro text or lecture notes?
SQ1. Exercise 6.12 on public opinion about cannabis legalization
SQ2. Exercise 6.20 a continuation of 6.12
SQ3. Exercise 6.38 on translating a problem in English into statistical tests
SQ4. Exercise 6.50 another voter/public opinion question

Empirical Paper Questions

EQ0. Any questions about the Buechley and Hill paper or the Reinhart reading?

These questions are for the Buechley and Hill paper on LilyPad Arduino:

EQ1. For Study 1, let's focus on the statistical test:
(a) What is the unit of analysis? What is the dependent variable? The independent variable? What are groups being compared in the test? Is it a one-way or two-way design?
(b) Why not just summarize the results, like we did in week 2? Why bother with the statistical test? How do you decide when to use each statistical procedure?
(c) What is the null hypothesis being tested? What is the alternative hypothesis?
(d) Summarize or restate the results in statistical terms. Explain what these results mean in substantive terms? How convincing do you find these results? What should we be taking away?


Now go back to the Shaw and Benkler paper from a few weeks ago:

EQ2. Using the data from Table 3 and Figure 2:
(a) What statistical procedure produced the p-value in Table 3? What is the null hypothesis being tested?
(b) How convincing do you find these results? What are some reasons to be skeptical?
(c) Reproduce Figure 2 using the data in Table 3. One thing that's missing from that figure is error bars. Based on the reading from Reinhart §5, what type of error bars do you think you should use? Figure out how to calculate the error bars and figure out if they overlap? What does that tell us? (Bonus: figure out how to add error bars to the bar plot)
(d) Should we be concerned about the base rate fallacy described in Reinhart §4? Why or why not?