A PC program for computing McMahan's tracking indices from one-sample longitudinal data sets. Academic Article uri icon


  • Tracking refers to regular, predictable growth behavior. Most definitions of the term are related to the idea that tracking occurs to the extent that individuals' repeated measurements maintain their relative positions in the distribution of the measurement whose growth is being monitored as that distribution changes over time. In this paper we describe four indices of tracking, all due to McMahan (Biometrics, 37 (1981) 447-455), which may be used to measure the extent to which a given longitudinal sample exhibits this 'regular behavior,' and we provide a program, written in GAUSS386i, for performing the associated computations. An example is given, and the values of McMahan's indices are compared to several alternative measures of tracking.

published proceedings

  • Int J Biomed Comput

author list (cited authors)

  • Guo, I. Y., Ten Have, T. R., Kowalski, C. J., Schneiderman, E. D., & Willis, S. M.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Guo, IY||Ten Have, TR||Kowalski, CJ||Schneiderman, ED||Willis, SM

publication date

  • May 1994