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Journal Article

Citation

Allen M. Am. Behav. Sci. 2020; 64(1): 74-96.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2020, SAGE Publishing)

DOI

10.1177/0002764219859619

PMID

unavailable

Abstract

This article discusses the basic assumptions and practices for meta-analysis as well as describing options and innovations for implementing this tool. Meta-analysis represents a family of techniques with different assumptions and procedures. I discuss some of the ongoing debates and limitations of the methods that continue to receive attention. In an era of "evidence-based" applications and educational material, meta-analysis (in all the forms) represents the best way to reduce Type II error and identify Type I error. Use of the technique provides facilitates the formulation and evaluation theoretical arguments as well as identifying the means to optimally generate future research efforts. The process of meta-analysis takes the scientist back to the future by reminding the community of the original premises that guided the formation of the statistical process.


Language: en

Keywords

applications of meta-analysis; limitations of meta-analysis; meta-analysis; statistical conversion

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