pbs2bs {CorrToolBox}R Documentation

Computation of the Biserial Correlation from the Point-Biserial Correlation

Description

This function computes the biserial correlation between two continuous variables given the correlation after dichotomization of one of the variables (point-biserial correlation) as seen in Demirtas and Hedeker (2016). Before computation of the biserial correlation, the specified point-biserial correlation is compared to the lower and upper correlation bounds of the continuous variable and binary variable using the generate, sort and correlate (GSC) algorithm in Demirtas and Hedeker (2011).

Usage

pbs2bs(pbs, bin.var, cont.var, p=NULL, cutpoint=NULL)

Arguments

pbs

The point-biserial correlation.

bin.var

A numeric vector of the continuous variable before dichotomization.

cont.var

A numeric vector of the the continuous variable that is not transformed.

p

The expected value of the numeric vector bin.var after dichotomization. Either p or cutpoint should be specified.

cutpoint

The value at which the vector bin.var should be dichotomized. Either p or cutpoint should be specified.

Value

The biserial correlation.

References

Demirtas, H. and Hedeker, D. (2011). A practical way for computing approximate lower and upper correlation bounds. The American Statistician, 65(2), 104-109.

Demirtas, H. and Hedeker, D. (2016). Computing the point-biserial correlation under any underlying continuous distribution. Communications in Statistics-Simulation and Computation, 45(8), 2744-2751.

Examples

set.seed(123)
y1<-rweibull(n=100000, scale=1, shape=1.2)

gaussmix <- function(n,m1,m2,s1,s2,pi) {
  I <- runif(n)<pi
  rnorm(n,mean=ifelse(I,m1,m2),sd=ifelse(I,s1,s2))
}
y2<-gaussmix(n=100000, m1=0, s1=1, m2=3, s2=1, pi=0.6)

pbs2bs(pbs=0.25, bin.var=y1, cont.var=y2, p=0.55)
pbs2bs(pbs=0.25, bin.var=y1, cont.var=y2, cutpoint=0.65484)

[Package CorrToolBox version 1.6.3 Index]