[R] combined value in forestplot function
d.scott at auckland.ac.nz
Wed Aug 19 01:11:06 CEST 2009
carol white wrote:
> How is the combined value (displayed by a diamond on the forest plot) of a meta-analysis illustrated by a forest plot calculated? The applied method and all calculation details are welcome.
This is not a very well posed question. First of all there are two ways
of getting a diamond in a forest plot, using either fixed or random
effects meta analysis. Secondly there are at least two R packages which
do meta-analysis, meta and rmeta. To which are you referring? They may
do something a little different.
Despite this you can find the answer yourself by looking at the code.
For example in the package rmeta, you probably need to look at the code
for meta.DSl and meta.MH for the calculation of (respectively) random
and fixed meta-analyses.
If you can't see what the code is doing and perhaps don't know the
algorithms typically used in meta-analysis, there is a nice summary of
the methods used in the revman package from the Cochrane collaboration:
Overall your question has the flavour of asking other people to just
give you the answer without any work on your behalf. You would be
advised to read the posting guide as recommended on the bottom of each
R-help message, otherwise you might receive replies which appear to be
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