LADES: a software for constructing and analyzing longitudinal designs in biomedical research

Vazquez Alcocer, Alan y Garzón Cortes, Daniel Ladislao y Sánchez Casas, Rosa María (2014) LADES: a software for constructing and analyzing longitudinal designs in biomedical research. PLOS ONE, 9 (7). pp. 1-6. ISSN 1932-6203

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One of the most important steps in biomedical longitudinal studies is choosing a good experimental design that can provide high accuracy in the analysis of results with a minimum sample size. Several methods for constructing efficient longitudinal designs have been developed based on power analysis and the statistical model used for analyzing the final results. However, development of this technology is not available to practitioners through user-friendly software. In this paper we introduce LADES (Longitudinal Analysis and Design of Experiments Software) as an alternative and easy-to-use tool for conducting longitudinal analysis and constructing efficient longitudinal designs. LADES incorporates methods for creating cost-efficient longitudinal designs, unequal longitudinal designs, and simple longitudinal designs. In addition, LADES includes different methods for analyzing longitudinal data such as linear mixed models, generalized estimating equations, among others. A study of European eels is reanalyzed in order to show LADES capabilities. Three treatments contained in three aquariums with five eels each were analyzed. Data were collected from 0 up to the 12th week post treatment for all the eels (complete design). The response under evaluation is sperm volume. A linear mixed model was fitted to the results using LADES. The complete design had a power of 88.7% using 15 eels. With LADES we propose the use of an unequal design with only 14 eels and 89.5% efficiency. LADES was developed as a powerful and simple tool to promote the use of statistical methods for analyzing and creating longitudinal experiments in biomedical research.

Tipo de elemento: Article
Materias: Z Bibliografía, Bibliotecas, Ciencias de la Información > ZD Recursos de Información (General)
Divisiones: Medicina Veterinaria y Zootecnia
Usuario depositante: Dra Rosa Maria / RM Sanchez Casas
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Vazquez Alcocer, AlanNO ESPECIFICADONO ESPECIFICADO
Garzón Cortes, Daniel LadislaoNO ESPECIFICADONO ESPECIFICADO
Sánchez Casas, Rosa MaríaNO ESPECIFICADONO ESPECIFICADO
Fecha del depósito: 03 Ago 2015 15:38
Última modificación: 03 Ago 2015 15:39
URI: http://eprints.uanl.mx/id/eprint/6441

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