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Meta-Analyst Software (Text Version)

Slide Presentation from the AHRQ 2009 Annual Conference

On September 15, 2009, Christopher Schmid made this presentation at the 2009 Annual Conference. Select to access the PowerPoint® presentation (140 KB).

Slide 1

Meta-Analyst Software

Byron Wallace, Thomas Trikalinos, Joseph Lau and Christopher H Schmid


Slide 2


  • Meta-Analyst and Meta-Test
    • Freely distributed
    • Widely used
    • DOS
    • Primitive GUI
  • C routines for Bayesian and maximum likelihood analyses
    • No user interface
    • No graphics


Slide 3

Objectives for New Software

  • Enable non-statistical users to implements sophisticated methods
  • Friendly user interface with no need for programming
  • Comparative and diagnostic test accuracy methods
  • Bayesian methods with "automated" diagnostics
  • Context-sensitive help
  • Presentation quality graphics and output
  • Customizable graphics
  • Free


Slide 4


  • Direct interface with R/BUGS
    • Enable rapid development of new methods
  • More support for data input/management/transformation
    • Minimize programming/computation
  • Tie to data extraction/database storage software
  • Open source
Current as of December 2009
Internet Citation: Meta-Analyst Software (Text Version): Slide Presentation from the AHRQ 2009 Annual Conference. December 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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