The coefficient of cyclic variation: a novel statistic to measure the magnitude of cyclic variation.


Fulford, AJ; (2014) The coefficient of cyclic variation: a novel statistic to measure the magnitude of cyclic variation. Emerging themes in epidemiology, 11. p. 15. ISSN 1742-7622 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/1742-7622-11-15

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Abstract

BACKGROUND PERIODIC OR CYCLIC DATA OF KNOWN PERIODICITY ARE FREQUENTLY ENCOUNTERED IN EPIDEMIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH: for instance, seasonality provides a useful experiment of nature while diurnal rhythms play an important role in endocrine secretion. There is, however, little consensus on how to analysis these data and less still on how to measure association or effect size for the often complex patterns seen. RESULTS A simple statistic, readily derived from Fourier regression models, provides a readily-understood measure cyclic variation in a wide variety of situations. CONCLUSION The coefficient of cyclic variation or similar statistics derived from the variance of a Fourier series could provide a universal means of summarising the magnitude of periodic variation.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- ) > Dept of Nutrition and Public Health Interventions Research (2003-2012)
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- )
PubMed ID: 25342954
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/2017924

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