Methods for the behavioral, educational, and social sciences: an R package

Behav Res Methods. 2007 Nov;39(4):979-84. doi: 10.3758/bf03192993.


Methods for the Behavioral, Educational, and Social Sciences (MBESS; Kelley, 2007b) is an open source package for R (R Development Core Team, 2007b), an open source statistical programming language and environment. MBESS implements methods that are not widely available elsewhere, yet are especially helpful for the idiosyncratic techniques used within the behavioral, educational, and social sciences. The major categories of functions are those that relate to confidence interval formation for noncentral t, F, and chi2 parameters, confidence intervals for standardized effect sizes (which require noncentral distributions), and sample size planning issues from the power analytic and accuracy in parameter estimation perspectives. In addition, MBESS contains collections of other functions that should be helpful to substantive researchers and methodologists. MBESS is a long-term project that will continue to be updated and expanded so that important methods can continue to be made available to researchers in the behavioral, educational, and social sciences.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Behavioral Sciences / instrumentation*
  • Behavioral Sciences / methods*
  • Behavioral Sciences / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Psychology, Educational / instrumentation*
  • Psychology, Educational / methods*
  • Psychology, Educational / statistics & numerical data
  • Social Sciences / instrumentation*
  • Social Sciences / methods*
  • Social Sciences / statistics & numerical data
  • Software / statistics & numerical data*