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Mixed designs. Mixed designs. We’ve discussed between groups designs looking at differences across independent samples We’ve also talked about within groups designs looking for differences across treatments in which subjects participate in each treatment. Between groups design.

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mixed designs1
Mixed designs
  • We’ve discussed between groups designs looking at differences across independent samples
  • We’ve also talked about within groups designs looking for differences across treatments in which subjects participate in each treatment.
between groups design
Between groups design
  • Typing speed: random assignment to Music or No Music conditions
repeated measures example
Repeated Measures example

Here each person is measured in the Music and No Music conditions

b t groups and rm
B/t groups and RM
  • The research question can often determine the design, however there are some factors that we could not examine in repeated measures design (e.g. ethnicity)
  • In cases where we might have a choice (as with in the previous example) RM design would most likely be preferred
  • When subjects are observed only once, their differences contribute to the error term. On repeated occasions we can obtain an estimate of the degree of subject differences and partial that out of the error term
    • More power
    • Fewer subjects needed
mixed design
Mixed design
  • A x (B x S)
  • At least one between, one within subjects factor
  • Each level of factor A contains a different group of randomly assigned subjects.
  • On the other hand, each level of factor B at any given level of factor A contains the same subjects
partitioning the variability
Partitioning the variability
  • Partitioning the variance is done as for a standard ANOVA.
  • Within subjects error term used for repeated measures.
  • What error term do we use for the interaction of the two factors?
partitioning the variability1
Partitioning the variability
  • Again we adopt the basic principle we have followed previously in looking for effects. We want to separate between treatment effects and error
    • A part due to the manipulation of a variable, the treatment part (treatment effects)
    • A second part due to all other unsystematic or uncontrolled sources of variability (error)
  • The deviation associated with the error can be divided into two different components:
    • Between Subjects Error
      • Estimates the extent to which chance factors are responsible for any differences among the different levels of the between subjects factor.
    • Within Subjects Error
      • Estimates the extent to which chance factors are responsible for any differences observed within the same subject
how it breaks down
How it breaks down


SSb/t subjects SSw/in subjects

SSA SSsubj w/in groups SSB SSAxB SSerror (Bxsubject)

a-1 a(s-1) b-1 (a-1)(b-1) a(b-1)(s-1)

df =

comparing the different designs
Comparing the different designs
  • B/t groups Design W/in groups Design Mixed Design
    • SSA SSA
    • SSB SSB
    • SSBxSSSAxB
    • SSBxS
  • Note that the between groups outcome (F and p-value) is the same in the mixed and b/t groups design
    • In the mixed, the repeated measures are ‘collapsed’, making each subjects score for the between groups factor the mean of those repeated measures
  • The same is true for the within groups design, except in the mixed the ‘subjects’ are nested within the factor of A, and the interaction of A X B is taken out of the error term
    • The SSb/t subj in the Within Design is the error term for the between groups factor in the mixed
  • The Error terms are in blue
comparing the different designs1
Comparing the different designs
  • The SSb/t subjects in general reflects the deviation of subjects from the grand mean while the SSw/in in general reflects their deviation from their own mean
  • The mixed design is the conjunction of a randomized single factor experiment and a single factor experiment with repeated measures
  • 2 x 3 mixed factorial design
  • Gender and tv viewing habits (hours watched per week)

drama comedy news

male 4 7 2

male 3 5 1

male 7 9 6

male 6 6 2

male 5 5 1

female 8 2 5

female 4 1 1

female 6 3 4

female 9 5 2

female 7 1 1

in spss
  • In SPSS, though we have a between groups factor we’ll still use the RM menu
compared to separate designs

Univariate output

From RM output

Compared to separate designs
  • Between subjects output
  • If one collapses the RM variables and performs the 1-way ANOVA on the resulting dependent variable of subject means the results are the same as in our mixed output
compared to separate designs1

Sums of squares for error in the

one way design has been broken

down into the interaction + error

Compared to separate designs
  • Similarly, if we ignore gender and run a one-way RM, we can see that this result is contained within the mixed design
general result
General Result
  • No main effect for gender
  • Main effect for tv show, but also gender x tv show interaction
simple effects
Simple effects
  • Comparisons reveal a gender difference in viewing comedy programs but not for others

*As mentioned for previously for RM comparisons, SPSS does not use a pooled error term for each comparison.

That would be the approach if sphericity is not met.

  • Usual suspects normality, homogeneity of variance, sphericity
  • For Between subjects effects, variances across groups must be similar
  • Also for the within subjects effects we have an HoV requirement
    • That the error (tvshow by subject interaction) is the same for all groups
  • In addition, the sphericity assumption extends beyond the within subjects factor
    • Our var/covar matrices must be similar across groups (gender)
  • Furthermore, the pooled (average/overall) var/covar matrix of the group var/covar matrices should be spherical
  • If the first is ok the second will be
  • Gist: variances of all possible difference scores among the treatments should be similar
post hocs and contrasts
Post hocs and contrasts
  • If no sig interaction, one may conduct post hoc analysis on the significant main effects factors as described previously
  • Planned contrasts can be conducted to test specific hypotheses
planned contrasts
Planned contrasts
  • Focused contrasts can get complicated regarding interactions
  • Example Age x Therapy
    • Row and column weights must sum to zero
    • Does the effect of hospitalization vary as a function of a linear trend with age
      • Younger benefit more from nonhospitalization

Non Hospitalization

Psychoth Companion Traditional Milieu

1 1 -1 -1

Old 1 1 1 -1 -1

Middle 0 0 0 0 0

Young -1 -1 -1 1 1

planned contrasts1
Planned contrasts
  • Example weights for testing a linear trend for age in groups psycoth and traditional (opposite to each other), quadratic for companion and milieu (also opposite)
  • We could break down the interaction into an orthogonal set of contrasts
    • Sum up to the interaction (sums of squares)

Non Hospitalization

Psychoth Companion Traditional Milieu

Old -1 1 1 -1

Middle 0 -2 0 2

Young 1 1 -1 -1

planned contrasts2
Planned contrasts
  • With mixed designs it can be difficult to determine the appropriate error term
    • Consult Keppel, or Rosenthal and Rosnow for ideas on how to proceed
    • Essentially we will have a interaction contrast x subjects error
  • Furthermore, it has been shown by some that such analyses can be very sensitive to violations of our assumptions (sphericity)
more complex mixed designs
More complex mixed designs
  • May have multiple between or within factors
  • Gist of the approach is pretty much the same for multiple factors of either between or within subjects factors
  • Interested in interactions involving the two types of factors
two between one within
Two between one within
  • In this case we will have our typical factorial output and with interaction etc. to interpret
  • Now we will also look to see if the between subjects interaction changes over the levels of the repeated measure
  • Anxiety in final weeks of the semester

guys A&S 3 1 4 6 7

guys A&S 1 2 5 5 5

guys A&S 4 6 7 7 8

guys Business 0 4 4 7 8

guys Business 2 3 5 7 8

guys Business 0 4 4 4 8

guys Music 1 3 3 4 4

guys Music 1 3 3 5 6

guys Music 1 4 7 7 8

guys Education 3 5 8 7 6

guys Education 0 2 3 6 4

guys Education 2 1 2 5 5

gals A&S 3 3 5 7 7

gals A&S 0 1 3 2 4

gals A&S 2 5 6 6 7

gals Business 1 3 6 5 6

gals Business 0 4 6 7 6

gals Business 2 2 3 5 7

gals Music 2 3 5 7 8

gals Music 0 4 5 8 8

gals Music 1 4 5 7 7

gals Education 1 4 4 5 8

gals Education 1 2 4 6 8

gals Education 2 5 6 7 7

  • Regardless of gender or college affiliated with, anxiety increases at approximately the same rate as one approaches finals
  • Shocking!
one between two within
One between Two within
  • Again we will have our typical output as we would with a two within design
  • We will also look to see if the within subjects interaction changes over the levels of the between subjects factor
  • Are there differing effects for age regarding verbal and visuospatial ability?
  • DV percentage of errors on task
  • Age x (Verbal/visuo-spatial ability x Block)
  • 2 x (2 x 6)
Start simple and build from there
  • Use visual displays to keep things straight
  • All three main effects significant
2 way interactions
  • Only type of task by block was close p = .057, PES = .022
  • Though started out similarly, less improvement over blocks for visuospatial task
Significant 3 way interaction
  • No real interaction for young b/t type of task and rate of improvement
  • With older folk we see the interaction alluded to in the previous 2-way
simple effects1
Simple effects
  • In order to test for simple effects we must have the appropriate error term for analysis
  • Breakdown of general error terms for the previous designs (2 within on left, 2 between subjects factors on right; from Keppel)
simple effects2
Simple effects
  • Error terms for simple effects (from Winer)
  • Comparison to the appropriate critical value with appropriate degrees of freedom for pooled sources of variability from mixed sources can get a little weird
    • Consult an appropriate text

2 between 1 within: A x B x C

1 between 2 within: A x (B x C)

*q and r refer to the number of levels of the repeated measures factors B and/or C

MSA x subj = MSerror(a)

MSB x subj = MSerror(b)

MSC x subj = MSerror(c)

MSBC x subj = MSerror(bc)

  • Mixed design encompasses at least one between subjects factor (independent groups) and one repeated measures factor
  • The approach is the same as it was for either separately- Look for main effects and interactions
  • In the simplest setting an interaction suggests that the between groups differences are changing over the levels of the repeated measure (or the repeated measure effect is varies depending on which group you are talking about)
  • With more complex interactions, interactions are changing over the levels of another variable.
  • The best approach is to start simple (examine main effects) and work your way up, and in the presence of a significant interaction, make sure that your simple effects are tested appropriately