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Multilevel analysis of matching behavior [r-libre/1632]

Caron, Pier-Olivier (2019). Multilevel analysis of matching behavior. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 111 (2), 183-191. https://doi.org/10.1002/jeab.510

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Abstract: Multilevel modeling has been considered a promising statistical tool in the field of the experimental analysis of behavior and may serve as a convenient statistical analysis for matching behavior because it structures data in groups (or levels) to account simultaneously for the within‐subject and between‐subject variances. Heretofore, researchers have sometimes pooled data erroneously from different subjects in a single analysis by using average ratios, average response and reinforcer rates, aggregation of subjects, etc. Unfortunately, this leads to loss of information and bias estimations, which can severely undermine generalization of the results. Instead, a multilevel approach is advocated to combine several subjects' matching behavior. A reanalysis of previous data on matching behavior is provided to illustrate the method and point out its advantages. It illustrates that multilevel regression leads to better estimations, is more convenient, and offers more behavioral information. We hope this paper will encourage the use of multilevel modeling in the statistical practices of behavior analysts.
Official URL: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jeab.5...
Depositor: Caron, Pier-Olivier
Owner / Manager: Pier-Olivier Caron
Deposited: 14 Feb 2019 15:38
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2019 13:57

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