Baker, J. and Pearson, O. (2006). Statistical methods for bioarchaeology:. J Archaeol Sci 33 (2). Vol 33(2), pp. 218-226.

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Statistical methods for bioarchaeology:
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applications of age-adjustment and logistic regression to comparisons of skeletal populations with differing age-structures
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J Archaeol Sci 33 (2)
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Journal of Archaeological Science
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33 (2)
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218 - 226
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Previous studies of patterns of osteoarthritis involvement in prehistoric skeletal populations have been used to suggest differences in lifestyle or subsistence patterns; however the authors contend that inadequate controls for the potential confounding effects of age have made results less secure than they appear. They argue that while researchers remain unable to control for the inherent limitations imposed by preservation bias, meaningful advancement could be made in the analysis of these data. They propose two methods from epidemiology that would allow more robust comparisons between populations with differing age-structures: age-adjustment and logistic regression. They apply these two methods to previously published data from prehistoric populations of the American Great Basin. The findings suggest that greater clarity of results and more precise comparisons of risk may be achieved by using these methods. They conclude that further application of these methods to bioarchaeological studies would potentially improve what can be said about prehistoric health patterns and lifeways.
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Jack Baker
Osbjorn M Pearson
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2006
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Prehistoric (MIDAS)
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URI: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/03054403
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12 May 2006