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Weakly-Informative Group-Specific Prior Distribution for Meta-Analysis

Title: A Weakly-Informative Group-Specific Prior Distribution for Meta-Analysis.
Name(s): Thompson, Christopher, author
Becker, Betsy Jane, professor directing dissertation
Clark, Kathleen M., university representative
Almond, Russell G., committee member
Aloe, Ariel M., committee member
Yang, Yanyun, committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Education, degree granting college
Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2016
Publisher: Florida State University
Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (152 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: While Bayesian meta-analysis has flourished both in methodological and substantive work, group-specific Bayesian modeling remains scarce. Common practice for choosing prior distributions entails using typical non-informative priors. Currently, there is a push to use more informative prior distributions. In this dissertation I propose a group specific weakly informative prior distribution. The new prior distribution uses a frequentist estimate of between-studies heterogeneity as the noncentrality parameter in a folded noncentral t distribution. This new distribution is then modeled individually for groups based on some categorical factor. An extensive simulation study was performed to assess the performance of the new group-specific prior distribution to several non-informative prior distributions in a variety of meta-analytic scenarios. An application using data from a previously published meta-analysis on dynamic geometry software is also provided.
Identifier: FSU_2016SP_Thompson_fsu_0071E_13051 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department Educational Psychology and Learning Systems in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester 2016.
Date of Defense: March 4, 2016.
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Betsy Jane Becker, Professor Directing Dissertation; Kathy Clark, University Representative; Russell Almond, Committee Member; Ariel M. Aloe, Committee Member; Yanyun Yang, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Statistics
Educational psychology
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