Two issues concerning the analysis of grouped data

Eur J Epidemiol. 1987 Sep;3(3):284-7. doi: 10.1007/BF00149737.


Simple statistical models are used to illustrate two important issues arising in the analysis of grouped data. The consequences are explored of grouping continuous data and analyzing the resulting contingency table. Specifically, an expression for the loss of power is derived when and odds ratio is used to assess risk measured by a continuous variable. Also explored are the consequences of employing correlation and regression coefficients to analyze summary variables derived from grouped data (ecologic data). An expression is given that demonstrates the magnitude of a bias (ecologic fallacy) resulting from analyzing a specific type of grouped data.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Data Collection / methods
  • Epidemiologic Methods*
  • Humans
  • Risk Factors
  • Statistics as Topic