GTRACK: a PC program for computing Goldstein's growth constancy index and an alternative measure of tracking.
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This paper reviews Goldstein's 'growth constancy index,' Xi, a measure of tracking which can be used to determine whether or not individuals maintain their relative positions in the distribution of a given measurement as that distribution changes over time. We suggest that Xi is an appropriate measure of tracking when the (standardized) measurements arise in the context of a Model I ANOVA, but that the intraclass correlation coefficient, rI, may be preferred when a Model II ANOVA is applicable. We also describe--and make available--a PC program which allows the user to choose between Model I and Model II, and computes the appropriate tracking index and confidence intervals for the corresponding parameter.
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Furey, AM||Kowalski, CJ||Schneiderman, ED||Willis, SM