[R-meta] Dear Wolfgang
juh@|ee @end|ng |rom northe@@tern@edu
Wed Jan 26 23:06:44 CET 2022
I am currently using a mixed effect meta-regression to explore the effects of different environmental variables on fish densities in coastal habitats.
For this, I am constructing a different model for individual fish species, in which my goal is to identify important predictor variables separately for each species by using aicc-based model selection (glmulti).
For each fish dataset, I usually identify 3-4 potentially important predictor variables – which include both categorical and continuous variables – based on a priori hypothesis and the statistical test of omnibus test (of each individual predictor variable).
I am only testing the main effects and not the interaction of multiple variables being included in the final models.
The problem I am running into is the small number of studies being available for many species, with the number of study response (effect size, not independent study) ranging from 6 to 100 for different fish species.
So my question is:
Is there a commonly used threshold for the multiple meta-regression using rma.mv to be reliable and avoid false positive or negative relationship?
From https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article/file?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0229345&type=printable I read that, for meta-regression, n should be greater than 8 for low variance data, but should be greater than 25 for high variance data.
I wanted to seek your advice on what would be a good threshold criteria for minimum study response (effect size) number for running the meta-regression models.
Also, could we also apply similar threshold for number of independent studies (not effect size, but the actual publication) included in each dataset as well?
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