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Stat Med. 1988 Aug;7(8):889-94.

A note on graphical presentation of estimated odds ratios from several clinical trials.

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Department of Statistical Science, University College London, U.K.


To display a number of estimates of a parameter obtained from different studies it is common practice to plot a sequence of confidence intervals. This can be useful but is often unsatisfactory. An alternative display is suggested which represents intervals as points on a bivariate graph, and which has advantages. When the data are estimates of odds ratios from studies with a binary response, it is argued that for either type of plot, a log scale should be used rather than a linear scale.

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