By Peter L. Bonate
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Regression towards the mean does not occur because of some underlying biological or physical property common to the subjects being measured; it is solely a statistical phenomena and is due entirely to the properties of conditional expectation. Conditional expectation is the expectation given that some other event has already occurred. 24) where G is the reliability coefficient (note that here G is calculated from the correlation between observed pretest and posttest scores upon repeated measurements of the same individual), σY is the standard deviation of Y, σX is the standard deviation of X, µX is the mean of X, and µY is the mean of Y.
18) and its derivation] E(Y - X) = τ. , when the treatment and covariate interact, we are left with a estimate of the treatment effect which cannot be assessed using ordinary methods. Many authors suggest that the appropriate model for pretest sensitization is to assume that the treatment affects the posttest scores differentially, that there will be proportional change due to treatment effect, not an additive one (James, 1973; Senn and Brown, 1985, 1989). In other words, sometimes the treatment effect is not a constant across all subjects, but affects some individuals to a different extent than others.
His second suggestion was that if individuals are chosen on the basis of pretest scores, second pretest measurements be used in the statistical analysis to determine whether changes have occurred. One outcome of this suggestion is that if the test-retest correlation between the first pretest and posttest measurements is the same as the test-retest correlation between the second pretest measurements and the posttest measurements, there will be no effect due to regression towards the mean in the statistical analysis.
Analysis of Pretest-Posttest Designs by Peter L. Bonate