Modelling bivariate relationships when repeated measurements are recorded on more than one subject

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  • Alan M. Nevill
  • Carlton Cooke
  • Roger L. Holder
  • Roger Ramsbottom
  • Clyde Williams
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-425
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Applied Physiology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1992

This paper examines the problems of modelling bivariate relationships when repeated observations are recorded for each subject. The statistical methods required to test for a common group model were introduced using an example from exercise physiology, where the oxygen cost of running at four different speeds was recorded for a group of 30 recreationally active males. When data for each subject were studied individually, both the plots and correlations suggested the relationship to be linear. Hence, the homogeneity of the subjects' regression lines was compared using the appropriate ANOVA test. The analysis revealed a significant difference in the slopes and intercepts of the lines, thus precluding the use of a single linear model to represent the group. If the subjects were divided into two groups according to the median maximum oxygen consumption (ie), a multivariate analysis of variance of the slope and intercept parameters helped to explain some of this heterogeneity (P<0.05). However, for physiological rather than statistical reasons, it was necessary to re-analyse the data without the fourth running speed. The revised analysis suggested that the subjects' lines would be better modelled with a common slope but separate intercepts. As before, by dividing the subjects into two groups according to the median {Mathematical expression} score, a simple t-test indicated that differences in the subjects' intercept parameters were not significant (P=0.08). Notwithstanding the relatively homogeneous nature of the 30 subjects in terms of {Mathematical expression} the statistical methods showed that differences in running economy are, to some extent, dependent on {Mathematical expression}.

    Research areas

  • Heterogeneity scenarios, Linear regression, Multivariate analysis of variance, Oxygen uptake, Running speed

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External organisations

  • University of Birmingham
  • Leeds Beckett University
  • Loughborough University

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