[R] error bars

William Revelle lists at revelle.net
Tue Mar 30 14:56:31 CEST 2010


In response to PS.1
try error.bars in the psych package.


At 1:04 AM -0700 3/30/10, Iasonas Lamprianou wrote:
>Dear friends,
>I have a statistical question. Sometimes, if I compare boys to girls 
>on a specific variable, the error bars (confidence interval of 
>means) seem to overlap slightly. Still, when I run a t-test, I find 
>statistically significant differences. The rule is clear: if the 
>confidence intervals do not overlap, then there is statistically 
>significant difference. But if they overlap slightly, we have to use 
>a t-test to know for sure if the the two means differ significantly. 
>The point is: is there a rule of thumb to say, for example, "if the 
>overlap is less than 20% of the length of the standard error, then a 
>t-test would give significant results?"
>thank you for your time
>P.S.1 is there an easy way to plot error bars in R?
>P.S.2 an interesting discussion about this - highly recommended to 
>read it - can be found at 
>Dr. Iasonas Lamprianou
>Assistant Professor (Educational Research and Evaluation)
>Department of Education Sciences
>European University-Cyprus
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