Statistical analysis of data in support of the Barker hypothesis, advantages of using random effects regression model in hierarchical data.


In a recent note by Walters and Edwards (2004), the authors argued that summary statistics should be used in analysing hierarchical data from our earlier analysis of a rat model of developmental programming and the Barker hypothesis (Kwong et al., 2000, 2004). We reiterate here why such a view is inappropriate. Hierarchical data merits multilevel analysis… (More)

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