Questions tagged [units]

units of measurement. Use this tag also for dimensional analysis.

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Why is gender typically coded 0/1 rather than 1/2, for example?

I understand the logic of coding for data analysis. My question below is on the use of a specific code. Is there a reason why gender is often coded as 0 for female and 1 for male? Why is this coding ...
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lognormal distribution, standard-deviation and (physical) units

I have a distribution of microparticles that follows a lognormal distribution. The cumulative distribution function thus is given by: $$ F_X(x;\mu,\sigma) = \frac12 \operatorname{erfc}\!\left(-\frac{\...
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Getting the units right for the Pareto distribution of wealth: x = people, dollars, dollars per person?

When people talk about the 80-20 rule in the context of wealth, it is usually expressed, verbally, by stating that the 20 percent of the people with the highest wealth get 80 percent of the wealth, ...
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Why do demographers give rates per 100,000 people?

It seems universal that demographic statistics are given in terms of 100,000 population per year. For instance, suicide rates, homicide rates, disability-adjusted life year, the list goes on. Why? ...
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Which is the dimension (or units) of the predicted random effects?

Consider a simple panel data (or multilevel model) with random effects. For context, consider a wage regression, where the dependent variable $ln(y_{it})$ is the natural log of wage, where the wage is ...
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The unit of Root Mean Square Error (RMSE)

What is the unit of root mean square error (RMSE)? For example if we get an RMSE of 47 from a regression model, what does it tell in terms of unit?
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Is the multiple of a lognormally distributed variable also lognormally distributed?

If $X$ is distributed normally $N(\mu,\sigma^2)$ then the variable $Y = \exp(X)$ is lognormally distributed. If the variable $Y$ is multiplied by some constant $C$: $$D = CY$$ Is the variable $D$ ...
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What are the tests to measure agreement between two methods of measurement when the unit of measurement is different between the two methods?

Bland-Altman plot measure the agreement between two different methods which measures the same variable. As far as I understand Bland-Altman can measure only if the two methods have the same unit of ...