The transitive fallacy for randomized trials: If A bests B and B bests C in separate trials, is A better than C?

@article{Baker2002TheTF,
  title={The transitive fallacy for randomized trials: If A bests B and B bests C in separate trials, is A better than C?},
  author={Stuart G. Baker and Barnett S. Kramer},
  journal={BMC Medical Research Methodology},
  year={2002},
  volume={2},
  pages={13 - 13}
}
BackgroundIf intervention A bests B in one randomized trial, and B bests C in another randomized trial, can one conclude that A is better than C? The problem was motivated by the planning of a randomized trial, where A is spiral-CT screening, B is x-ray screening, and C is no screening. On its surface, this would appear to be a straightforward application of the transitive principle of logic.MethodsWe extended the graphical approach for omitted binary variables that was originally developed to… CONTINUE READING
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