
P.Mean: Tentative table
of contents for my second book (created 20100724).

As I mentioned in an earlier webpage, I am
talking to some publishers about writing a second book. The working title is
"Jumpstart Statistics: How to Restart Your Stalled Research Project." Here's a
tentative table of contents.
Preface
Introduction
 The first three steps in selecting a research hypothesis
 Choose an outcome measure
 Define your patient population
 Select your control group
 The first three steps in selecting a research design
 Decide if you can/should randomize
 Consider the advantages/disadvantages of retrospective versus
prospective research
 Think about the most efficient way to select subjects
 The first three steps in determining an appropriate sample size
 Define your research hypothesis
 Find a measure of variability for your outcome measure
 Specify the minimum clinically important difference
 The first three steps in developing a pilot study
 Visualize the bigger study in the future
 Identify planning gaps
 Think about where "Murphy's Law" might strike
 The first three steps in designing a questionnaire
 Brainstorm to develop a long list of questions/responses and then prune
back what isn't needed
 Get opinions about your questionnaire from content experts
 Pilot test your questionnaire
 The first thee steps in obtaining ethical approval for your study
 Establish your credentials as a researcher
 Demonstrate your concern for privacy rights
 Prepare a defensible strategy for data analysis
 The first three steps in data entry
 Arrange your data in a rectangular grid
 Create codes for categorical data
 Document missing values
 The first three steps in a descriptive data analysis
 Know your count
 Compute ranges and frequencies
 Examine relationships using crosstabs, boxplots, and/or scatterplots
 The first three steps in a linear regression analysis
 Plot your data and examine your assumptions
 Compute a simple model
 Compute an adjusted model
 The first three steps in a logistic regression analysis
 Examine raw probabilities using crosstabs
 Compute a simple model
 Compute an adjusted model
 The first three steps in a survival data analysis
 Plot KaplanMeier curves for each group
 Compare a simple survival model
 Compute an adjusted model
 The first three steps in a nonlinear regression analysis
 Use calculus to explore the nature of your nonlinear function
 Graph, regraph, and graph again
 Compare your results to simpler and/or more complex models
 The first three steps in writing a methods section of a research paper
 Define who got in and who was left out
 Explain how you justified your sample size
 Document the statistical procedures and the statistical software that
you used
 The first three steps in writing a results section of a research paper
 Present general demographic information
 Prepare a flow chart of exclusions, refusals, and dropouts
 Present crude and adjusted estimates and their confidence intervals
 The first three steps in writing a discussion section of a research
paper
 Paint the big picture
 Acknowledge any weaknesses
 Play up any strengths
 The first three steps in setting up a quality control program
 Establish management support
 Measure your process
 Experiment
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