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Partial Parallelism Plots

Petzold, Axel; (2024) Partial Parallelism Plots. Applied Sciences , 14 (2) , Article 602. 10.3390/app14020602. Green open access

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Abstract

Demonstrating parallelism in quantitative laboratory tests is crucial to ensure accurate reporting of data and minimise risks to patients. Regulatory authorities make the demonstration of parallelism before clinical use approval mandate. However, achieving statistical parallelism can be arduous, especially when parallelism is limited to a subrange of the data. To address potential biases and confounds, I propose a simple graphical method, the Partial Parallelism Plot, to demonstrate partial parallelism. The proposed method offers ease of understanding, intuitiveness, and graphical simplicity. It enables the graphical assessment of quantitative data risk when parallelism is lacking within a defined range. As parallelism may not be consistent across the entire analytical range, the plots focus on partial parallelism. The method can readily be programmed into graphical applications for enhanced interactivity. By providing a clear graphical representation, the method allows researchers to ascertain the presence of parallelism in laboratory tests, thus aiding in the validation process for trials and clinical applications.

Type: Article
Title: Partial Parallelism Plots
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3390/app14020602
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.3390/app14020602
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2024 by the author. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: parallelism; biomarker; laboratory; test; graphical statistics
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology > Clinical and Movement Neurosciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10185313
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