Statistics for the Health Scientist: Basic Statistics II

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An introduction to medical statistics - Part 2. Descriptive statistics continued

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  • 1. Topic 2 Descriptive Statistics Continued Dr Luke Kane April 2014 Topic 2: Descriptive Statistics 1

2. Outline Descriptive Statistics continued! Recap of BIMODAL Distribution (as requested) Numerical descriptions of data Transformation Prevalence and Incidence Topic 2: Descriptive Statistics 2 3. Bimodal Distribution Topic 2: Descriptive Statistics 3 One peak = UNImodal Two peaks = Bimodal Usually means there is a mix of two distributions But there are examples: The size of certain species of ant Hormone levels Age of lymphoma incidence 4. Objectives Understand numerical ways of describing data Including: Median, mode, mean Range, interquartile range, standard deviation Have a vague understanding of transformation Calculate prevalence and incidence Topic 2: Descriptive Statistics 4 5. Describing data with numbers Two characteristics of data can be measured with a single numeric value: The value around which the data clusters Known as a summary measure of location The value which measures the degree of which the data has spread out Known as a summary measure of spread Summary measures of location are: the mode, the median, the mean and percentiles Summary measures of spread are: the range, the standard deviation Topic 2: Descriptive Statistics 5 6. Summary Measures of Location The value around which most of the data falls Median, mode, mean Which one you choose depends on type of variable Topic 2: Descriptive Statistics 6 7. The Mode: Common-ness The value which has the highest frequency i.e. occurs the most often A measure of common-ness Weight of pigs at market / kg Number of pigs (Frequency) n =21 110 1 111-130 2 131-150 3 151 - 170 3 171- 190 7 191-210 6 211 1Topic 2: Descriptive Statistics 7 8. The Median: Central-ness A measure of central-ness Arrange all values in size, median is middle Half less than, half more than If two median numbers, average them Topic 2: Descriptive Statistics 8 9. The Mean The average Uses all of the data Affected by skewness and outliers Topic 2: Descriptive Statistics 9 10. N-Tiles n-tiles are percentiles, deciles and quintiles A way of dividing data into equal groups Percentiles (1%) divide the data into 100 Deciles (10%) into 10 Quintiles (20%) into 5 Topic 2: Descriptive Statistics 10 11. Choosing the Right Measure of Location Summary measure of location Type of Variable Mode Median Mean Nominal Yes No No Ordinal Yes Yes No Quant discrete Yes Yes if skew Yes Quant continuous No Yes if skew Yes Mode is not suited to quantitative continuous as there may only be one value Median not suited to categorical nominal as there is no order to the values You cannot average categorical data as its not made up of real numbers Topic 2: Descriptive Statistics 11 12. Summary Measures of Spread Range, interquartile range, standard deviation Range Distance from smallest value to largest Interquartile range The range of the middle 50% of the data Standard deviation Mean distance of all data from overall mean Topic 2: Descriptive Statistics 12 13. Range Topic 2: Descriptive Statistics 13 14. Poem to help you remember! Topic 2: Descriptive Statistics 14 15. Interquartile Range Range is very sensitive to outliers Chop off top 25% and bottom 25% This is the interquartile range Ignores 50% of the data Can use an ogive Topic 2: Descriptive Statistics 15 16. IQR and an Ogive Topic 2: Descriptive Statistics 16 17. An extra chart - Boxplots Now we know about quartiles Before we talk about standard deviation Boxplots provide a graphical summary of quartile values, minimum and maximum values and outliers Topic 2: Descriptive Statistics 17 18. Boxplots Topic 2: Descriptive Statistics 18 19. Standard Deviation (s.d.) Uses all of the data S.d. measures the spread of individual results around a mean of all the results 68 95 99 rule in normal distribution 68% of data in 1 sd of mean, 95% 2 sd, 99% 3sd Topic 2: Descriptive Statistics 19 20. Choosing the Right Measure of Spread Summary measure of Spread Type of Variable Range Interquartile Range Standard Deviation Nominal No No No Ordinal Yes Yes No Quantitative Yes Yes if skew Yes Measures of spread not helpful with nominal categorical data Sd not appropriate with ordinal data as its non-numeric Standard deviation goes with the mean Interquartile range goes with the median Topic 2: Descriptive Statistics 20 21. Transformation Normal distribution looks nice BUT not all data is normally distributed Real world is more complicated! You can transform data to make it more normal For example, take the log of the data Topic 2: Descriptive Statistics 21 22. Prevalence and Incidence Prevalence is number of cases at a certain time and place Incidence is the number of new cases at a certain time and place What do we mean by certain time and place? Topic 2: Descriptive Statistics 22 23. Time & Place You must always define the time period You must always define the place place = specific population Time = specific period of time Cambodian population in 2014 Plantation workers in Mondulkiri in June-August 2013 Irish immigrants in America 1850-1950 Topic 2: Descriptive Statistics 23 24. Prevalence Amount of disease in a specific population at a particular time Prevalence is the probability that any one individual in the population has the disease E.g. 65 cases of a rash in a population of 598 65/598 = 10.9% Topic 2: Descriptive Statistics 24 25. Incidence New cases Can think of it as the RISK of getting a disease during a specific time = new cases/initial population of disease free Can be risk of death, risk of disease, risk of transmitting a disease, could even be RISK of winning a lottery What is the incidence of malaria if there were 176 new cases in a healthy population of 9888 in 2003 176/9888 = 1.78%, i.e. Risk of malaria is nearly 2% Topic 2: Descriptive Statistics 25 26. Incidence & Prevalence Incidence and prevalence are usually expressed as a % You can also express them as per 1000 population, as per 10,000 population or per 100,000 population Dont get mixed up! Topic 2: Descriptive Statistics 26 27. Incidence TB in SE Asia Here is a real example of incidence: This is the incidence of TB per 100,000 in SE Asia 2009-2013 I.e. NEW cases Country TB Incidence Cambodia 411 Laos 204 Vietnam 147 Thailand 119 Country TB Incidence South Africa 1003 Sweden 7Topic 2: Descriptive Statistics 27 Data from World Bank, 2014. or/SH.TBS.INCD 28. Prevalence & Incidence: Example Calculate the proportion of women infected with HIV at each clinic: Is this prevalence or incidence? Clinic Antenatal Clinic women seen in Oct 2013 HIV infected Phnom Penh 412 5 Battambang 179 3 Siem Reap 264 2 1.21% 1.68% 0.76% Topic 2: Descriptive Statistics 28 29. Summary Numerical descriptions of data Summary measures of location: Median Mode Mean N-tiles Summary measures of location Range Interquartile range Standard deviation Prevalence and Incidence Transformation Topic 2: Descriptive Statistics 29 30. Questions? Thank You! Next lesson: How do we get the data? Study design, sampling etc. Probability risks odds Topic 2: Descriptive Statistics 30 31. References Bowers, D. (2008) Medical Statistics from Scratch: An Introduction for Health Professionals. USA: Wiley- Interscience. Grant, A. (2014) Epidemiology for tropical doctors. Lecture (S6) from the Diploma of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Greenhalgh, T. (1997) How to read a paper British Medical Journal. Web, accessed April-May 2014 at Topic 2: Descriptive Statistics 31