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G*Power

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G*Power is a free general power analysis program.cropped-cropped-toolkit-24157707-copy.jpg
G*Power performs high-precision statistical power analyses for the most common statistical tests in behavioral research, that is,

  • t-tests (independent samples, correlations, and any other t-test),
  • F-tests (ANOVAS, multiple correlation and regression, and any other F-test), and
  • Chi2-tests (goodness of fit and contingency tables).

G*Power computes

  • power values for given sample sizes, effect sizes, and alpha levels (post hoc power analyses),
  • sample sizes for given effect sizes, alpha levels, and power values (a priori power analyses), and
  • alpha and beta values for given sample sizes, effect sizes, and beta/alpha ratios (compromise power analyses).

The program may be used to display graphically the relation between any two of the relevant variables and it offers the opportunity to compute the effect size measures from basic parameters defining the alternative hypothesis. You may give the program to friends and colleagues who might find it useful; however, if you want to include G*Power on a shareware or freeware CD-ROM, or if you want to distribute it together with commercial software, you must ask the authors for permission.

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Author: Jeanine Jesberg

Jeanine Jesberg is a grants consultant, Certified Research Administrator (CRA), and licensed clinical speech-language pathologist (CCC-SLP) specializing in work with academic institutions and non-profit organizations. Her multi-faceted career includes several positions, including Program Director, Director of Research Operations, and Executive Director, at the University of Chicago as well as Manager of Research Administration at Northwestern University with knowledge that spans strategic planning, conference planning, program management, budget development, research operations, and research administration. She also has over 15 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist in the roles of clinician, Clinical Instructor, Lecturer, private practice Founder/CEO, and speaker. Jeanine currently lives and works in Chicago, IL.

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