In this section we comment on correlation analysis which is a method supplied to quantify the associations in between 2 consistent variables. For instance, we can desire to quantify the association between body mass index and also systolic blood push, or between hrs of exercise per week and also percent body fat. Regression analysis is a associated strategy to assess the partnership in between an outcome variable and one or more hazard factors or conbeginning variables (constarting is discussed later). The outcome variable is also dubbed the response or dependent variable, and also the hazard factors and also confounders are dubbed the predictors, or explanatory or independent variables. In regression evaluation, the dependent variable is delisted "Y" and the independent variables are dedetailed by "X".

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< NOTE: The term "predictor" deserve to be misleading if it is interpreted as the capacity to predict even beyond the boundaries of the data. Also, the term "explanatory variable" can provide an impression of a causal result in a instance in which inferences have to be restricted to identifying associations. The terms "independent" and "dependent" variable are less topic to these interpretations as they carry out not strongly indicate reason and effect.

Learning Objectives

After completing this module, the student will certainly be able to:

Define and also administer examples of dependent and independent variables in a examine of a public health and wellness problemCompute and interpret a correlation coefficientCompute and also analyze coefficients in a straight regression analysis

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Correlation Analysis

In correlation evaluation, we estimate a sample correlation coefficient, even more specifically the Pearkid Product Moment correlation coefficient. The sample correlation coefficient, denoted r,

varieties between -1 and also +1 and quantifies the direction and toughness of the straight association between the 2 variables. The correlation between two variables have the right to be positive (i.e., better levels of one variable are associated via better levels of the other) or negative (i.e., higher levels of one variable are associated via reduced levels of the other).

The sign of the correlation coreliable suggests the direction of the association. The magnitude of the correlation coeffective shows the stamina of the association.

For instance, a correlation of r = 0.9 argues a strong, positive association between two variables, whereas a correlation of r = -0.2 suggest a weak, negative association. A correlation cshed to zero says no linear association between two continuous variables.

It is vital to note that tbelow may be a non-linear association in between two constant variables, yet computation of a correlation coreliable does not detect this. Thus, it is constantly necessary to evaluate the data very closely before computing a correlation coefficient. Graphical displays are particularly useful to explore associations between variables.

The figure listed below mirrors four hypothetical scenarios in which one consistent variable is plotted alengthy the X-axis and also the other along the Y-axis.

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Scenario 1 depicts a strong positive association (r=0.9), comparable to what we might check out for the correlation in between infant birth weight and also birth length.Scenario 2 depicts a weaker association (r=0,2) that we might mean to view between age and body mass index (which has a tendency to increase with age).Scenario 3 can depict the lack of association (r roughly = 0) in between the degree of media exposure in adolescence and age at which teens initiate sex-related task.Scenario 4 could depict the strong negative association (r= -0.9) mostly observed in between the variety of hrs of aerobic exercise per week and also percent body fat.

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Example - Correlation of Gestational Age and Birth Weight

A little study is conducted entailing 17 babies to investigate the association between gestational age at birth, measured in weeks, and birth weight, measured in grams.

Infant ID #

Gestational Era (weeks)

Birth Weight (grams)

1

34.7

1895

2

36.0

2030

3

29.3

1440

4

40.1

2835

5

35.7

3090

6

42.4

3827

7

40.3

3260

8

37.3

2690

9

40.9

3285

10

38.3

2920

11

38.5

3430

12

41.4

3657

13

39.7

3685

14

39.7

3345

15

41.1

3260

16

38.0

2680

17

38.7

2005

We wish to estimate the association in between gestational age and also infant birth weight. In this example, birth weight is the dependent variable and gestational age is the independent variable. Therefore y=birth weight and also x=gestational age. The information are presented in a scatter diagram in the number listed below.

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Each point represents an (x,y) pair (in this situation the gestational age, measured in weeks, and also the birth weight, measured in grams). Note that the independent variable, gestational age) is on the horizontal axis (or X-axis), and the dependent variable (birth weight) is on the vertical axis (or Y-axis). The scatter plot mirrors a positive or straight association in between gestational age and also birth weight. Infants with shorter gestational eras are more most likely to be born through lower weights and babies through longer gestational ages are even more likely to be born through better weights.

Computing the Correlation Coefficient

The formula for the sample correlation coefficient is:

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where Cov(x,y) is the covariance of x and also y identified as

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and
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are the sample variances of x and also y, identified as follows:

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and also
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The variances of x and y measure the variability of the x scores and y scores roughly their corresponding sample indicates of X and Y taken into consideration individually. The covariance steps the varicapability of the (x,y) pairs about the expect of x and suppose of y, thought about concurrently.

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To compute the sample correlation coeffective, we should compute the variance of gestational age, the variance of birth weight, and also likewise the covariance of gestational age and birth weight.

We initially summarize the gestational age information. The expect gestational age is:

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To compute the variance of gestational age, we need to sum the squared deviations (or differences) between each observed gestational age and also the intend gestational age. The computations are summarized listed below.

Infant ID #

Gestational Period (weeks)

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1

34.7

-3.7

13.69

2

36.0

-2.4

5.76

3

29.3

-9.1

82,81

4

40.1

1.7

2.89

5

35.7

-2.7

7.29

6

42.4

4.0

16.0

7

40.3

1.9

3.61

8

37.3

-1.1

1.21

9

40.9

2.5

6.25

10

38.3

-0.1

0.01

11

38.5

0.1

0.01

12

41.4

3.0

9.0

13

39.7

1.3

1.69

14

39.7

1.3

1.69

15

41.1

2.7

7.29

16

38.0

-0.4

0.16

17

38.7

0.3

0.09

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The variance of gestational age is:

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Next off, we summarize the birth weight information. The intend birth weight is:

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The variance of birth weight is computed just as we did for gestational age as displayed in the table below.

Infant ID#

Birth Weight

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1

1895

-1007

1,014,049

2

2030

-872

760,384

3

1440

-1462

2,137,444

4

2835

-67

4,489

5

3090

188

35,344

6

3827

925

855,625

7

3260

358

128,164

8

2690

-212

44,944

9

3285

383

146,689

10

2920

18

324

11

3430

528

278,764

12

3657

755

570,025

13

3685

783

613,089

14

3345

443

196,249

15

3260

358

128,164

16

2680

-222

49,284

17

2005

-897

804,609

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The variance of birth weight is:

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Next we compute the covariance:

To compute the covariance of gestational age and also birth weight, we should multiply the deviation from the mean gestational age by the deviation from the expect birth weight for each participant, that is:

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The computations are summarized below. Notice that we sindicate copy the deviations from the intend gestational age and also birth weight from the 2 tables above into the table below and multiply.

Infant ID#

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1

-3.7

-1007

3725.9

2

-2.4

-872

2092.8

3

-9,1

-1462

13,304.2

4

1.7

-67

-113.9

5

-2.7

188

-507.6

6

4.0

925

3700.0

7

1.9

358

680.2

8

-1.1

-212

233.2

9

2.5

383

957.5

10

-0.1

18

-1.8

11

0.1

528

52.8

12

3.0

755

2265.0

13

1.3

783

1017.9

14

1.3

443

575.9

15

2.7

358

966.6

16

-0.4

-222

88.8

17

0.3

-897

-269.1

Total = 28,768.4

The covariance of gestational age and also birth weight is:

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Finally, we can ow compute the sample correlation coefficient:

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Not surprisingly, the sample correlation coefficient indicates a strong positive correlation.

As we provided, sample correlation coefficients selection from -1 to +1. In exercise, coherent correlations (i.e., correlations that are clinically or practically important) can be as tiny as 0.4 (or -0.4) for positive (or negative) associations. Tbelow are additionally statistical tests to recognize whether an oboffered correlation is statistically considerable or not (i.e., statistically significantly various from zero). Procedures to test whether an oboffered sample correlation is suggestive of a statistically substantial correlation are defined in detail in Kleinbaum, Ktop and also Muller.1

Regression Analysis

Regression evaluation is a extensively offered approach which is useful for many applications. We introduce the method right here and also expand on its provides in succeeding modules.

Simple Linear Regression

Simple linear regression is a method that is proper to understand the association between one independent (or predictor) variable and also one consistent dependent (or outcome) variable. For instance, mean we desire to assess the association between full cholesterol (in milligrams per deciliter, mg/dL) and also body mass index (BMI, measured as the proportion of weight in kilograms to height in meters2) where complete cholesterol is the dependent variable, and BMI is the independent variable. In regression analysis, the dependent variable is delisted Y and also the independent variable is denoted X. So, in this situation, Y=total cholesterol and X=BMI.

When there is a single constant dependent variable and also a solitary independent variable, the evaluation is referred to as a basic linear regression analysis . This analysis assumes that tright here is a direct association between the two variables. (If a various relationship is hypothesized, such as a curvidirect or exponential relationship, alternative regression analyses are perdeveloped.)

The number below is a scatter diagram showing the relationship in between BMI and complete cholesterol. Each suggest represents the oboffered (x, y) pair, in this instance, BMI and also the equivalent total cholesterol measured in each participant. Note that the independent variable (BMI) is on the horizontal axis and also the dependent variable (Total Serum Cholesterol) on the vertical axis.

BMI and Total Cholesterol

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The graph mirrors that tbelow is a positive or direct association between BMI and total cholesterol; participants through lower BMI are even more likely to have lower total cholesterol levels and also participants via better BMI are even more most likely to have higher complete cholesterol levels. In comparison, intend we research the association between BMI and also HDL cholesterol.

In contrast, the graph listed below depicts the connection between BMI and HDL cholesterol in the exact same sample of n=20 participants.

BMI and also HDL Cholesterol

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This graph mirrors a negative or inverse association between BMI and also HDL cholesterol, i.e., those with lower BMI are even more likely to have actually higher HDL cholesterol levels and also those through greater BMI are even more most likely to have actually lower HDL cholesterol levels.

For either of these relationships we can usage easy direct regression evaluation to estimate the equation of the line that ideal describes the association in between the independent variable and the dependent variable. The easy linear regression equation is as follows:

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where Y is the predicted or meant value of the outcome, X is the predictor, b0 is the estimated Y-intercept, and b1 is the estimated slope. The Y-intercept and slope are estimated from the sample data, and also they are the values that minimize the sum of the squared distinctions in between the oboffered and the predicted values of the outcome, i.e., the approximates minimize:

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These distinctions in between oboffered and also predicted values of the outcome are referred to as residuals. The approximates of the Y-intercept and slope minimize the sum of the squared residuals, and also are referred to as the least squares estimates.1

Residuals

Conceptually, if the worths of X provided a perfect prediction of Y then the amount of the squared differences in between observed and predicted worths of Y would be 0. That would mean that variability in Y could be totally explained by differences in X. However, if the differences between observed and also predicted values are not 0, then we are unable to completely account for distinctions in Y based on X, then tright here are residual errors in the prediction. The residual error could outcome from inaccurate measurements of X or Y, or tright here could be other variables besides X that impact the worth of Y.

Based on the oboffered data, the ideal estimate of a linear partnership will be derived from an equation for the line that minimizes the differences between observed and predicted worths of the outcome. The Y-intercept of this line is the worth of the dependent variable (Y) when the independent variable (X) is zero. The slope of the line is the readjust in the dependent variable (Y) loved one to a one unit adjust in the independent variable (X). The leastern squares approximates of the y-intercept and slope are computed as follows:

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and

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where

r is the sample correlation coeffective,the sample indicates are
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and also
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and also Sx and Sy are the conventional deviations of the independent variable x and also the dependent variable y, respectively.

BMI and Total Cholesterol

The least squares estimates of the regression coefficients, b 0 and b1, describing the partnership between BMI and full cholesterol are b0 = 28.07 and also b1=6.49. These are computed as follows:

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and

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The estimate of the Y-intercept (b0 = 28.07) represents the approximated total cholesterol level when BMI is zero. Because a BMI of zero is meaningmuch less, the Y-intercept is not informative. The estimate of the slope (b1 = 6.49) represents the change in full cholesterol relative to a one unit adjust in BMI. For instance, if we compare two participants whose BMIs differ by 1 unit, we would certainly suppose their total cholesterols to differ by approximately 6.49 units (via the perboy via the greater BMI having the higher complete cholesterol).

The equation of the regression line is as follows:

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The graph below shows the approximated regression line superenforced on the scatter diagram.

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The regression equation deserve to be offered to estimate a participant"s total cholesterol as a function of his/her BMI. For instance, expect a participant has a BMI of 25. We would certainly estimate their full cholesterol to be 28.07 + 6.49(25) = 190.32. The equation can likewise be supplied to estimate complete cholesterol for various other worths of BMI. However before, the equation should just be provided to estimate cholesterol levels for persons whose BMIs are in the range of the data used to generate the regression equation. In our sample, BMI ranges from 20 to 32, hence the equation must only be offered to geneprice estimates of total cholesterol for persons via BMI in that range.

There are statistical tests that can be performed to assess whether the estimated regression coefficients (b0 and also b1) are statistically significantly various from zero. The test of the majority of interemainder is typically H0: b1=0 versus H1: b1≠0, where b1 is the populace slope. If the population slope is substantially different from zero, we conclude that there is a statistically considerable association in between the independent and also dependent variables.

BMI and also HDL Cholesterol

The least squares approximates of the regression coefficients, b0 and also b1, describing the connection in between BMI and HDL cholesterol are as follows: b0 = 111.77 and b1 = -2.35. These are computed as follows:

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and

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Aacquire, the Y-intercept in unindevelopmental bereason a BMI of zero is meaningmuch less. The estimate of the slope (b1 = -2.35) represents the change in HDL cholesterol relative to a one unit readjust in BMI. If we compare 2 participants whose BMIs differ by 1 unit, we would mean their HDL cholesterols to differ by about 2.35 devices (via the perboy through the greater BMI having actually the reduced HDL cholesterol. The figure below reflects the regression line superimplemented on the scatter diagram for BMI and also HDL cholesterol.

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Linear regression analysis rests on the presumption that the dependent variable is consistent and that the circulation of the dependent variable (Y) at each worth of the independent variable (X) is about commonly spread. Keep in mind, however, that the independent variable can be consistent (e.g., BMI) or deserve to be dichotomous (watch below).

Comparing Median HDL Levels With Regression Analysis

Consider a clinical trial to evaluate the efficacy of a brand-new drug to rise HDL cholesterol. We could compare the suppose HDL levels in between treatment groups statistically using a 2 independent samples t test. Here we take into consideration an alternative technique. Summary data for the trial are displayed below:

Sample Size

Typical HDL

Standard Deviation of HDL

New Drug

Placebo

50

40.16

4.46

50

39.21

3.91

HDL cholesterol is the continuous dependent variable and treatment assignment (new drug versus placebo) is the independent variable. Suppose the information on n=100 participants are entered into a statistical computing package. The outcome (Y) is HDL cholesterol in mg/dL and the independent variable (X) is treatment assignment. For this evaluation, X is coded as 1 for participants who received the brand-new drug and also as 0 for participants that received the placebo. A straightforward direct regression equation is estimated as follows:

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wbelow Y is the approximated HDL level and X is a dichotomous variable (also dubbed an indicator variable, in this instance indicating whether the participant was assigned to the new drug or to placebo). The estimate of the Y-intercept is b0=39.21. The Y-intercept is the worth of Y (HDL cholesterol) once X is zero. In this example, X=0 shows assignment to the placebo team. Therefore, the Y-intercept is specifically equal to the mean HDL level in the placebo team. The slope is estimated as b1=0.95. The slope represents the approximated readjust in Y (HDL cholesterol) family member to a one unit readjust in X. A one unit readjust in X represents a difference in therapy assignment (placebo versus brand-new drug). The slope represents the distinction in mean HDL levels between the treatment teams. Thus, the intend HDL for participants receiving the new drug is:

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A examine was carried out to assess the association in between a person"s intelligence and the size of their brain. Participants completed a standardized IQ test and also researchers offered Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to determine brain dimension. Demographic indevelopment, consisting of the patient"s sex, was also tape-recorded.

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The Controversy Over Environmental Tobacco Smoke Exposure

There is convincing evidence that energetic smoking is a cause of lung cancer and also heart illness. Many type of research studies done in a broad selection of scenarios have repeatedly demonstrated a solid association and likewise show that the danger of lung cancer and cardiovascular condition (i.e.., heart attacks) boosts in a dose-related way. These research studies have led to the conclusion that active smoking is causally pertained to lung cancer and also cardiovascular illness. Studies in active smokers have had the advantage that the lifetime exposure to tobacco smoke can be quantified with reasonable accuracy, since the unit dose is regular (one cigarette) and also the habitual nature of tobacco smoking cigarettes renders it possible for many smokers to administer a reasonable estimate of their total life time expocertain quantified in regards to cigarettes per day or packs per day. Frequently, average daily exposure (cigarettes or packs) is unified through duration of use in years in order to quantify exposure as "pack-years".

It has been a lot even more challenging to develop whether environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) expocertain is causally regarded chronic conditions choose heart disease and lung cancer, because the complete lifetime exposure dosage is reduced, and also it is a lot more hard to accurately estimate complete life time exposure. In enhancement, quantifying these risks is likewise facility bereason of confounding factors. For instance, ETS exposure is generally classified based on parental or spousal cigarette smoking, but these research studies are unable to quantify other eco-friendly exposures to tobacco smoke, and incapability to quantify and also readjust for other environmental exposures such as air air pollution makes it tough to demonstrate an association also if one existed. As a result, tbelow proceeds to be controversy over the hazard applied by eco-friendly tobacco smoke (ETS). Some have gone so far as to insurance claim that also incredibly brief exposure to ETS can reason a myocardial infarction (heart attack), but an extremely large prospective cohort examine by Enstrom and also Kabat was unable to show substantial associations in between exposure to spousal ETS and also coronary heart condition, chronic obstructive pulmonary condition, or lung cancer. (It need to be listed, however, that the report by Enstrom and also Kabat has actually been extensively criticized for methodological troubles, and also these authors likewise had actually financial ties to the tobacco sector.)

Correlation analysis gives a beneficial tool for thinking about this conflict. Consider information from the British Doctors Cohort. They reported the yearly mortality for a range of condition at four levels of cigarette smoking per day: Never smoked, 1-14/day, 15-24/day, and 25+/day. In order to percreate a correlation evaluation, I rounded the exposure levels to 0, 10, 20, and also 30 respectively.

Cigarettes Smoked

Per Day

CVD Mortality

Per 100,000 Men Per Year

Lung Cancer Mortality

Per 100,000 Men Per Year

0

10 (actually 1-14)

20 (actually 15-24)

30 (actually >24)

572

14

802

105

892

208

1025

355

The numbers listed below present the 2 estimated regression lines superenforced on the scatter diagram. The correlation with amount of smoking was strong for both CVD mortality (r= 0.98) and for lung cancer (r = 0.99). Note additionally that the Y-intercept is a systematic number here; it represents the predicted annual fatality price from these disease in people that never before smoked. The Y-intercept for prediction of CVD is slightly higher than the oboffered rate in never before smokers, while the Y-intercept for lung cancer is lower than the oboffered price in never smokers.

The linearity of these relationships argues that tright here is an incremental risk with each added cigarette smoked per day, and also the added danger is approximated by the slopes. This maybe helps us think about the consequences of ETS exposure. For example, the danger of lung cancer in never smokers is rather low, but tright here is a finite risk; various reports imply a hazard of 10-15 lung cancers/100,000 per year. If an individual who never smoked proactively was exposed to the identical of one cigarette"s smoke in the form of ETS, then the regression says that their danger would increase by 11.26 lung cancer deaths per 100,000 per year. However before, the threat is plainly dose-related. As such, if a non-smoker was employed by a tavern through heavy levels of ETS, the danger might be significantly higher.

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Finally, it should be noted that some findings suggest that the association between cigarette smoking and heart condition is non-linear at the incredibly lowest expocertain levels, meaning that non-smokers have a disproportionate boost in hazard once exposed to ETS because of an increase in platelet aggregation.

Summary

Correlation and straight regression evaluation are statistical approaches to quantify associations between an independent, occasionally dubbed a predictor, variable (X) and a continuous dependent outcome variable (Y). For correlation evaluation, the independent variable (X) have the right to be consistent (e.g., gestational age) or ordinal (e.g., raising categories of cigarettes per day). Regression analysis have the right to additionally accommodate dichotomous independent variables.

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The actions defined right here assume that the association between the independent and dependent variables is linear. With some adjustments, regression analysis deserve to additionally be provided to estimate associations that follow another sensible create (e.g., curvilinear, quadratic). Here we take into consideration associations between one independent variable and one constant dependent variable. The regression evaluation is referred to as simple straight regression - straightforward in this case describes the fact that tbelow is a single independent variable. In the next module, we take into consideration regression evaluation through several independent variables, or predictors, taken into consideration all at once.