Advanced Search Abstract Quantitative bias analysis serves several objectives in epidemiological research. First, it provides a quantitative estimate of the direction, magnitude and uncertainty arising from systematic errors. Second, the acts of identifying sources of systematic error, writing down models to quantify them, assigning values to the bias parameters and interpreting the results combat the human tendency towards overconfidence in research results, syntheses and critiques and the inferences that rest upon them.
The demonstration is done with Ind bias simulation. The answer depends on how the sample was obtained, the structure of the data, and what analyses will be performed. Ergo, there is no sampling bias. Although it makes sense, unfortunately it's not true.
As an example of what can go wrong, imagine yourself in the position of a consultant who recommends sampling procedures to scientists. The one being recommended here seems to be the following: If there is an excess of negative values, follow a similar procedure to remove them.
Perform all subsequent analyses with the remaining data as if they formed an Ind bias sample of the population. Step 3 is a mistake. The resulting sample is not iid. Often it behaves very much like an iid sample, but not always.
However, the measurement is so crude that all it can indicate is whether that variable is positive or negative: It is desired to test whether this underlying attribute has zero mean.
This is about the best possible test under the circumstances. Hypothesis tests rely on computing the expectation of a test statistic and the amount by which the statistic may vary: However, applying the "bias removal" procedure changes this.
The reason is evident: Because this is a subtle phenomenon, detailed study is warranted. Interested readers might want to experiment with a simulation. Here is some R code. First, a function to "remove the bias": The last argument, control, determines whether the "bias removal" is not or is applied.
In this Q-Q plot, the control on the horizontal coordinate varies as expected: The statistic from the "filtered" dataset, using "bias removal," varies much less: In short, this effort to remove bias actually can create bias.
For some analyses, the bias introduced by this "bias removal" procedure will be small and wholly undetectable. But if nothing else, this simulation demonstrates that the "bias removal" procedure can create erroneous results.
A theoretical analysis of this effect would be difficult to carry out in most cases, I suspect. Simulations like this one can help determine the extent to which "bias removal" actually adds bias. But why go to all that effort when the sample is perfectly fine to begin with?Conversely, the bias was reduced by monitoring a larger area, placing more cameras per km 2, and including a rotating survey design (H2).
Our model to account for camera trapping bias could be used to correct field-based estimates of group density (Table 2) as long as average group size is known.
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