A comparison of two statistical methods for analysis of day of the week effect on births from 2005-2007 in Harris County of Texas

Yi Cai, The University of Texas School of Public Health

Abstract

The pattern of the births during the week has been reported by many studies. The births occurred in weekends are found consistently less then births occurred in weekdays. This study employed two statistical methods, two-way ANOVA and two-way Friedman's test to analyse the daily variations in amount of births of 222,735 births from 2005-2007 in Harris County, Texas. The two methods were compared on their assumptions, procedures and results. Both of the tests showed a significant result which indicated that the births through the week are not uniformly distributed. The result of multiple comparison demonstrated the births occurring on weekends were significantly different than the births occurring on weekdays with least amount on Sundays.^

Subject Area

Biology, Biostatistics

Recommended Citation

Yi Cai, "A comparison of two statistical methods for analysis of day of the week effect on births from 2005-2007 in Harris County of Texas" (January 1, 2011). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). Paper AAI1502175.
http://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/dissertations/AAI1502175

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