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**1. **G89.2229 Lect 14M Review of topics covered in course
Mediation/Moderation
Statistical power for interactions
What topics were not covered? G89.2229 Multiple Regression Week 14 (Monday)

**2. **G89.2229 Lect 14M

**3. **G89.2229 Lect 14M Estimating Parameters Descriptive models: Fit rather than bias
OLS often helpful
Outliers and influential points important
Must consider what is important to describe
Few rigid assumptions apply
Structural models
Assume for unbiased estimates
Properly specified model form
Errorless explanatory variables
Representative sample

**4. **G89.2229 Lect 14M Estimating Structural Models Assume for Efficient Estimates
Ordinary least squares
Independent observations
Homoscedastic errors
Few residual outliers
Assume for statistical inference OLS
All of assumptions listed above
Residuals are normally distributed, or that sample is very large

**5. **G89.2229 Lect 14M Interpreting Structural Model Estimates Effect for Xj is adjusted for other variables in model
The unique contribution of each variable
Threats to clear interpretation
Bias in estimates
Model specification
Selection biases not properly modeled
Influential points
Extrapolation rather than interpolation
Fuzzy mapping of concepts to variables

**6. **G89.2229 Lect 14M Experimental Control vs. Statistical Control Randomized experiments

**7. **G89.2229 Lect 14M Tools for Making Causal Arguments Mediation
Can we describe how the effect of X gets to Y?
Allows tests of theories
Measuring the process is difficult
Usual issues in model specification
Moderation
Does our theory tell us when the effect of X on Y is larger or smaller?
Both involve third variables

**8. **G89.2229 Lect 14M Baron and Kenny Mediation Steps Show that X, the independent variable, is related to Y, the dependent variable.
2. Show that X is related to M, the mediator
3. Show that M is related to Y controlling for X
4. Determine whether there is partial or complete mediation

**9. **G89.2229 Lect 14M Shrout and Bolger (2002) Revision For distal total effects, there may not be sufficient power to show that X->Y is different from zero (e.g. developmental examples)
Using structural equation programs and "bootstrap" option, it is sometimes to show that the indirect effect is statistically significant, even if X->Y is not significant
Hence, we suggest relaxing rule 1.

**10. **G89.2229 Lect 14M Baron and Kenny Moderation A variable W is said to moderate the relation of X to Y if the strength of the X->Y association varies with different levels of W.
E.g. Free books (X) may lead to higher achievement (Y) in inner city grade schools. However, the strength of the association might vary with literacy (W) of caretaker.

**11. **G89.2229 Lect 14M Conceptual Refinements Kraemer et al (2002) suggest
Moderating variables should be prior to causal process
Distinguish from synergy, when two processes have a jointly larger effect than one alone
Strongest claim for moderation is when a level of W can be found that eliminates the effect of X on Y.
Rescaling of Y can sometimes eliminate apparent moderation of effects

**12. **G89.2229 Lect 14M Plotting and Interpreting Interaction In plots, we choose one variable for abscissa (X axis) and then represent two or three levels of moderating variable.
Which variable is on abscissa can make the picture more striking.

**13. **G89.2229 Lect 14M Strategy for Calculating Interaction Power Use SPSS to simulate data that has a distribution that resembles predictors.
Use SPSS to create outcome that follows hypothesized model
Calculate R2 increase for interaction, ASSUMING NO ERROR
Multiply value from step c by expected R2 for full model assuming error
Use result from d with power analysis

**14. **G89.2229 Lect 14M Example Simulated example where
Y=.4*X + .1*Z + .1*(X*Z)
Plot looks striking
Variance explained by interaction
.029 of explained effect (X and Z uncorrelated)
.024 of explained effect (Rxz=.47)
If model R Square is .5,
Change in R Square is .0145 or .0120
For 80% power need 330 or 410 subjects
If Model R Square is .2
Change in R Square is .0058 or .0048
For 80% power need 1300 or 1550 subjects