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18-Aug-2017 Analyse-it 4.90 released: Prediction intervals, EP14-A3 and EP30-A

Prediction intervals on Deming regression are a major new feature in the Analyse-it Method Validation Edition version 4.90, just released.

A prediction interval is an interval that has a given probability of including a future observation(s). They are very useful in method validation for testing the commutability of reference materials or processed samples with patient samples. Two CLSI protocols, EP14-A3: Evaluation of Commutability of Processed Samples and EP30-A: Characterization and Qualification of Commutable Reference Materials for Laboratory Medicine both use prediction intervals.

We will illustrate this new feature using an example from CLSI EP14-A3:

1) Open the workbook EP14-A3.xlsx.

2) On the Analyse-it ribbon tab, in the Statistical Analysis group, click Method Comparison and then click Ordinary Deming regression.

The analysis task pane opens.

3) In the X (Reference / Comparative) drop-down list, select Cholesterol: A.

4) In the Y (Test / New) drop-down list, select Cholesterol: A.

5) On the Analyse-it ribbon tab, in the Method Comparison group, click Restrict to Group.

6) In the Group / Color / Symbol drop-down list, select Sample Type.

7) In the Restrict fit to group drop-down list, select Patient.

8) In the Prediction band edit box, type 95%.

NOTE: Select the Familywise coverage check box to control the probability of simultaneously for all additional samples rather than individually for each sample.

9) On the Descriptives task pane, select Label points, and choose Additional groups only.

10) Click Calculate.

The report shows the scatter plot with fitted regression line and 95% prediction interval (see image below). The regression line is only fitted to the points in the Patient group, as set in step 7 above, and additional points are colored depending on the type of sample, as set in step 6 above.

Any points outside the prediction band are not commutable with the patient samples, and in this case you can see sample ‘c’ is not commutable. The commutability table shows the additional samples and whether they are commutable or not with the patient samples.

The steps to perform an EP30 study are the same as described above. You should note that EP30 forms the prediction interval using the fit of the patient samples and the precision of the reference materials, where-as Analyse-it uses the fit and precision of the patient samples. We chose to implement it like this since there are usually too few reference material samples to establish a reliable estimate of the precision.

We have extended the prediction intervals beyond the CLSI EP guidelines, so they support any number of replicates and are also available with Ordinary and Weighted Deming regression. This alleviates the need to log transform values as is recommended in EP14, which, although it corrects the constant CV, distorts the relationship between the two methods.

If you have active maintenance you can download and install the update now, see updating the software. If maintenance on your license has expired you can renew it to get this update and forthcoming updates, see renew maintenance.


18-May-2017 Parameter estimation

Often we collect a sample of data not to make statements about that particular sample but to generalize our statements to say something about the population. Estimation is the process of making inferences about an unknown population parameter from a random sample drawn from the population of interest. An estimator is a method for arriving at an estimate of the value of an unknown parameter. Often there are many competing estimators for the population parameter that differ based on the underlying statistical theory.

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28-Feb-2017 Analyse-it 4.80 in-depth: The revamped documentation

As we mentioned last week in the , in this release we took the opportunity to revamp the documentation.

The revamp involved rewriting many topics to make the content clearer, adding new task-oriented topics, including refresher topics on common statistical concepts, and improving the indexing and links between topics so you can more easily navigate the help system.

The new task-oriented topics give you step-by-step instructions on completing common tasks. For example you will now find topics on how to , , , and even simple tasks like . We have also fully documented the supported dataset layouts for each type of analysis so you can see how to arrange your data for Analyse-it. The links in each topic help you more easily find related topics, for example links to topics on how to interpret the statistics, links to explain the pros and cons of the available statistical tests, links to topics for common tasks, and a link showing you how to arrange the dataset.

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7-Feb-2017 Analyse-it 4.80 released: ANOVA, ANCOVA and revamped documentation

Last week we released version 4.80 of Analyse-it.

The new release includes multi-way , , and in the Standard edition, and since every licence includes the Standard edition, these features are available to all users. We also took the opportunity to revamp the and develop a . We’ll go into more details on the improvements in the next few weeks.

If you have you can download and install the update now, see . If maintenance on your license has expired you can renew it to get this update and forthcoming updates, see .

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18-Aug-2014 Analyse-it 3.80 released: Principal Component Analysis (PCA)

Today we released version 3.80 of the Analyse-it Standard edition.

The new release includes Principal Component Analysis (PCA), an extension to the multivariate analysis already available in Analyse-it. It also includes probably the most advanced implementation of biplots available in any commercial package.

New features include:

The tutorial walks you through a guided example looking at how to use correlation and principal component analysis to discover the underlying relationships in data about New York Neighbourhoods. It demonstrates the amazing new features and helps you understand how to use them. You can either follow the tutorial yourself, at your own pace, or .

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3-Jun-2014 Recent improvements in Analyse-it 3.76 and our first video tutorial!

If you you will no doubt already know about the recent improvements in the Analyse-it Method Validation edition and the release of our first video tutorial. If not, now is a good time to since we post short announcements and feature previews on Facebook, and use the blog only for news about major releases.

The latest changes and improvements to the Analyse-it Method Validation edition include:

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18-Feb-2013 Quantiles, Percentiles: Why so many ways to calculate them?

What is a sample quantile or percentile? Take the 0.25 quantile (also known as the 25th percentile, or 1st quartile) -- it defines the value (let’s call it x) for a random variable, such that the probability that a random observation of the variable is less than x is 0.25 (25% chance).

A simple question, with a simple definition? The problem is calculating quantiles. The formulas are simple enough, but a take a quick look on Wikipedia and you’ll see there are at least 9 alternative methods . Consequently, statistical packages use different formulas to calculate quantiles. And we're sometimes asked why the quantiles calculated by Analyse-it sometimes don’t agree with Excel, SAS, or R.

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16-Jan-2013 Analyse-it 3.10 now includes a statistical reference guide

Yesterday we improved the help in the and added a statistical reference guide. The guide tells you about the statistical procedures in Analyse-it, with help on using and understanding the plots and statistics. It’s a work in progress, and we intend to improve it further with your comments and feedback, but it’s important to understand the role of the guide.

Firstly, the guide is not intended to be a statistics textbook. While it covers key concepts in statistical analysis, it is no substitute for learning statistics from a good teacher or textbook.

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27-Nov-2008 Spot the difference: Numbers stored as text

In clearly titling this blog post, we’ve probably already revealed the answer, but... Can you spot the difference between the two rows of values in the Excel spreadsheet shown below?

Sorry, it’s a trick question, because (visually) there is no difference. The difference is how the values are stored by Microsoft Excel. The value 57 in the cell on second row is actually stored as a text string, not a number.

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19-Nov-2008 Analyse-it speeds Method Validation at National Laboratory

Today we’re delighted to publish the second case study into the use of Analyse-it.

The case study features a national clinical laboratory in the USA that offers more than 2,000 tests and combinations to major commercial and government laboratories. They use Analyse-it to determine analytical performance of automated immunoassays for some of the industry’s leading in-vitro diagnostic device makers -- including Abbott Diagnostics, Bayer Diagnostics, Beckman Coulter and Roche Diagnostics.

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6-Nov-2008 Normal quantile & probability plots

In a previous post, , we explained the tests provided in Analyse-it to determine if a sample has normal distribution. In that post, we mentioned that although hypothesis tests are useful you should not solely rely on them. You should always look at the histogram and, maybe more importantly, the normal plot.

The beauty of the normal plot is that it is designed specifically for judging normality. The plot is very easy to interpret and lets you see where the sample deviates from normality.

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30-Oct-2008 Using INDIRECT to refer to cells on Analyse-it analysis reports

A customer contacted us last week to ask how to refer to cells on an Analyse-it report worksheet, from a formula on another worksheet. The customer often used Analyse-it's refresh feature, to repeat the statistical analysis and update the statistics, and direct references to cells on the report were being lost on refresh.

As an example, suppose you have used Analyse-it linear regression to calculate the linear relationship between installation cost and the number of employees required, distance to the site, and the cost of machine being installed. Analyse-it would calculate the effect of each variable on the final cost, technically known as regression coefficients, which you can then use to predict installation costs for jobs in future.

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21-Oct-2008 Analyse-it Cuts Project Time in Half at Swiss Lab

Today we’re delighted to publish the first case study into the use of Analyse-it.

Marco Balerna Ph.D., a Clinical Chemist at the  in Switzerland, used Analyse-it when replacing the clinical chemistry and immunological analysers in EOC’s laboratories.

Since the EOC provides clinical chemistry services to five large hospitals and three small clinics in the region, it was essential the transition to the new analysers went smoothly. Marco used Analyse-it to ensure the analyser’s performance met the manufacturer’s claims, to ensure the reporting of patient results was not affected, and to comply with the regulations of the EOC’s accreditation.

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25-Sep-2008 Print an Excel chart full-page

Although the charts in Analyse-it are large so they’re easy to read when printed, sometimes you need to print a chart to fill the full page. You can do so easily, without resizing the chart, in just a few steps:

Chart size is only limited by the page size your printer supports.

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3-Sep-2008 Identifying what, when and who analysed it

Identifying what was analysed, when, and by who, is the first step in understanding any Analyse-it report. The top rows of each Analyse-it report provide you with this information. The statistical test used, dataset and variables analysed, user who analysed, and the date and time last analysed, are included (see below). When you print the report the header is repeated at the top of printed page.

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27-Aug-2008 Unfiled reports, Collate, and Analyse-it 3

In May this year, we surveyed users of the Analyse-it Method Evaluation edition to gain insight into how we can improve Analyse-it in future. Thank you to all those who responded.

In the responses, one issue became clear: the unfiled reports feature causes confusion.

When you run an analysis, Analyse-it creates a new worksheet containing the statistics and charts for that analysis (what we call a report). Analyse-it places the report in a temporary workbook called . From there you can then decide what you want to do with the analysis: keep it, print it, e-mail it, or discard it. If you want to keep it you click the  (see below), and Analyse-it moves the report into the same workbook as your dataset.

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7-Aug-2008 Testing the assumption of normality

The most used distribution in statistical analysis is the normal distribution. Sometimes called the Gaussian distribution, after , the normal distribution is the basis of much parametric statistical analysis.

Parametric statistical tests often assume the sample under test is from a population with normal distribution. By making this assumption about the data, parametric tests are more powerful than their equivalent non-parametric counterparts and can detect differences with smaller sample sizes, or detect smaller differences with the same sample size.

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30-Jul-2008 The Analyse-it "Dataset" concept

For new and occasional Analyse-it users, datasets can sometimes seem confusing. Today we’ll explain why we devised the 'dataset' concept, a concept now copied by some other Excel add-ins.

We introduced the dataset concept so Analyse-it could automatically pick-up the data and variables from your Excel worksheet. As we found with , the Analysis Toolpak, and other Excel add-ins, forcing you to select cells containing the data to be analysed can be problematic:

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15-Jul-2008 Handbook of Parametric & Non-parametric Statistical procedures

A few readers have e-mailed to ask for more information about the book by David J. Sheskin we alluded to in the comment reply re: the , last week.

The book is the Handbook of Parametric & Non-parametric Statistical procedures, by David J. Sheskin, ISBN: 1584888148.

We have the third edition of the book which runs to over 1,200 pages -- a phenomenal piece of work for a single (obviously very dedicated) author. While it’s not a book you would sit down and read cover-to-cover, it is a very readable reference guide, covering all the parametric and non-parametric statistical procedures included in Analyse-it. 

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26-Jun-2008 How to get help using Analyse-it

Most of you know where to find the help and examples provided with Analyse-it, but if not, today we’d like to explain what’s available. If you're stuck we're always happy to help, and usually respond within a few hours, but it's always faster for you to check if the help answers your question first.

If you’re new to Analyse-it, or want a quick refresher, the best place to start is the Getting Started tutorial. It’s completely automated, no typing is required, so all you have to do is sit back and watch. In just 10 minutes it will demonstrate how to setup a dataset, how to filter the dataset, how to run a statistical test, and how to edit, refresh, and print the reports.

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