Most repeated measures ANOVAs have time as the repeated measure; I was wondering about using a repeated measure that is not time.
Say we fed two groups of animals different diets. At the end of the experiment, we sample the tissues, and measure ~30 different compounds (e.g. different fatty acids [FA]). Animals are sampled but once. Each FA is not independent of each other, as some of these compounds are converted from one form to another. As such, they are frequently moderately correlated with each other.
Would it be fair to treat each compound as a repeated measure, with diet as a between subjects factor? Thus, the interaction between Diet X FA would tell me if the FA content differed among diets?
I note that in many papers, researchers would perform 25-30 separate ANOVAs; one on each compound. Yet, these compounds are not independent of each other, as they are each measured simultaneously on the same animals.
Thanks for any pointers.