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6), 0,-~ N[)K, r2], (6) 2 where fj, is the overall population standardized difference, and r is a measure of the between-study heterogeneity. Some authors have advocated methods for parameter estimation using random-effects models such as (6), including method of moments and maximum likelihood Abrams et al. 0 Standardized Difference Figure 1 Standardized differences together with 95% CIs based on reported results from studies assessing differences in long-term anxiety between patients who tested positive and negative, and results from classical fixed and random effects meta-analyses (the size of the symbols is proportional to the total number of subjects in each study).

Their methods use weight functions that assume observations in certain parts of a distribution are more likely to be observed. Reference 102 uses an approach to include specific fixed monotonic families of weight functions, and Ref. 103 further extends publication-bias models to account for heterogeneity as well as bias. More sophisticated work with weight functions appear in Refs 104105. Both consider publication-bias models in which the weight function is estimated by maximum likelihood. Using Bayesian selection models, Refs 106-107 model the selection mechanisms of published results.

Pauler and Wakefield (Chap. 9) also use this approach in the context of a meta-analysis of 13 randomized trials comparing drugs to reduce hypertension. Early efforts to model publication bias include Refs. 100-102. References 100-101 examine publication bias where a study is published only if it yields significant results. Their methods use weight functions that assume observations in certain parts of a distribution are more likely to be observed. Reference 102 uses an approach to include specific fixed monotonic families of weight functions, and Ref.

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