I wrote a similar post just before, but I realized that I put wrong information there, hence I deleted it, and have re-written here

I am trying to conduct a power analysis on a hierarchical regression with interaction effects. Since my main hypothesis revolves around interaction terms, I am using ANCOVA in G*Power analysis to calculate the required sample size.

I have two categorical IVs (2 x 2), one continuous IV (I put this as a covariate in G*Power), and one continuous DV. I expect one two-way and one three-way interaction between the IVs. However, as far as I understand ANCOVA assumes no interaction between co-variates and IVs, whereas, in my case, there will be interactions.

In the above case, what should my numerator df be? I first thought it was 1, because (2-1)(2-1) = 1, but if I want to include the three-way interaction term between the categorical IVs and the continuous IV (covariate in G*Power), then should I add one more df in the power analysis? I have attachedenter image description here the screenshot of it below.


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The numerator df should be 7, including:

NCV (continuous iv),

CCV1 (categorical iv1),

CCV2 (categorical iv2),



CCV1 * CCV2,

NCV * CCV1 * CCV2.


My experimentation with the ANCOVA tests leads me to believe it doesn't work. I know that sounds strange, but it doesn't seem to offer enough information in order to be even possible. For example, when you perform a simple ANCOVA; you are able to input info only on the special variable. Where is the information input regarding the group means/sd's?

In the case for two groups and one covariate, what you can do is calculate the SS based on a fixed power using a "two sample t-test indep groups", call this result "n". Then to adjust for the covariate you multiply "n" by (1-r^2). So, the stronger the relationship in the covariate is, it shrinks the required sample size. Unsure if you can map this to you model (with interactions) but it's food for thought anyway.

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for the comment - I haven't really thought in that way, but it's interesting for sure, it made me think. Thanks! $\endgroup$
    – user240313
    Commented May 13, 2019 at 16:40

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