Table 2

Methods available in Meta-Analyst

Fixed

Random

Bayes


IV*

MH

Peto

DL

EM


Binary outcomes

Odds ratio (OR)

Risk ratio (RR)

-

Risk difference (RD)

-

Proportion**

-

-

Continuous outcomes

-

-


WMD

-

-


Hedge's g

-

-


Cohen's d

-

-


Glass' δ

-

-


Mean**

-

-


Diagnostic test data

-

-


Specificity

-

-


Sensitivity

-

-


Accuracy

-

-


Positive predictive value (PPV)

-

-


Negative predictive value (NPV)

-

-


Positive likelihood ratio

-


Positive likelihood ratio

-


Diagnostic odds ratio

-


Summary ROC curve

[weighted, unweighted]

[weighted]


Bivariate

---

-


Hierarchical SROC

-

-


*Fixed effects meta-regression using weighted least squares is available here if there is at least one numerical covariate.

Random effects meta-regression using an expectation maximization approach is available here if there is at least one numerical covariate.

Control rate meta-regression (linear or quadratic) is possible here (with or without adjusting for additional covariates, as deemed appropriate).

** e.g., for the meta-analysis of data from single arm studies.

- = not applicable, √ = available, DL: DerSimonian and Laird model, EM = Expectation-maximization, IV = inverse variance, MH: Mantel-Haenszel method, ROC = Receiver operating characteristic curve

Wallace et al. BMC Medical Research Methodology 2009 9:80   doi:10.1186/1471-2288-9-80

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