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Publication date: 11/10/2021


The Power option calculates statistical power and other details about a given hypothesis test. See Example of the Power Option. For statistical details, see Power.

LSV (the Least Significant Value) is the value of some parameter or function of parameters that would produce a certain p-value alpha. Said another way, you want to know how small an effect would be declared significant at some p-value alpha. The LSV provides a measuring stick for significance on the scale of the parameter, rather than on a probability scale. It shows how sensitive the design and data are.

LSN (the Least Significant Number) is the total number of observations that would produce a specified p-value alpha given that the data has the same form. The LSN is defined as the number of observations needed to reduce the variance of the estimates enough to achieve a significant result with the given values of alpha, sigma, and delta (the significance level, the standard deviation of the error, and the effect size). If you need more data to achieve significance, the LSN helps tell you how many more. The LSN is the total number of observations that yields approximately 50% power.

Power is the probability of getting significance (p-value < alpha) when a real difference exists between groups. It is a function of the sample size, the effect size, the standard deviation of the error, and the significance level. The power tells you how likely your experiment is to detect a difference (effect size), at a given alpha level.

Note: When there are only two groups in a one-way layout, the LSV computed by the power facility is the same as the least significant difference (LSD) shown in the multiple-comparison tables.

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