[R-meta] (partial) eta squared

Viechtbauer, Wolfgang (SP) wolfg@ng@viechtb@uer @ending from m@@@trichtuniver@ity@nl
Fri Aug 3 16:09:57 CEST 2018

Dear Antonia,

in principle, you could meta-analyze eta^2 values, but there are several issues to consider:

1) The sampling distribution of eta^2 isn't normal. So, one would first have to explore what kind of transformation would be appropriate for eta^2 values to normalize their sampling distribution.

2) I do not know off the top of my head an equation for the sampling variance of eta^2 values.

3) eta^2 isn't a directional effect size measure. Two eta^2 values of the same magnitude could imply entirely opposite findings. So, one could question the usefulness of aggregating eta^2 values in the first place.


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Subject: [R-meta] (partial) eta squared

Hello fellow meta-analysis colleagues,

I have recently started using metafor and am still exploring. Currently, I am
working on a mini meta-analysis of three studies I ran myself. In recent
psychology journal I have seen the use of (partial) eta squared as an
indicator of effect size. I was wondering if I can use the rma.uni command
to run a meta-analysis on (partial) eta squared? And if so, which error
(vi/sei) indicator would I use with it?

Hope someone can help!

All the best, Antonia

Antonia Sudkämper
PhD Candidate in Organizational Psychology/University of Exeter
a.sudkaemper using gmail.com

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