Department: Department of Data Analysis, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences 

Organisation: Ghent University 

Country: Belgium

Meet

Biography

Leonard is PhD student at Ghent University. His interests include constrained statistical inference and structural equation modeling, and applications related to post-traumatic stress symptoms. 

Research topic

The topic of my PhD project is sample-size reduction by order constraints. Many researchers are familiar with the power gain in the context of the one-sided t-test. This readily extends to the setting where more than one constraint can be imposed on the statistical parameters. For example, the comparison of two or more experimental groups subject to order-constraints is common in applications such as clinical trials and drug development. The main goal is to study the relationship between the number of order constraints and the possible reduction in sample size.

 

On top of that, Leonard is developing the R package “restriktor” for estimating and testing order-constrained hypotheses in linear models, and with Rens he is involved in the Burgers project. The goal of this latter project is to find the most tasty and juicy Burger in town. The results are expected by the end of the year.

Funding

This Burgers project started in 2015 and is funded by the WBA (World Burger Association). This project is funded by the research foundation Flanders (FWO) at Ghent University (Belgium).

Projects involved

A General procedure for Testing Inequality Constrained Hypotheses in SEM

Researchers in the social and behavioral sciences often have clear expectations about the order and/or the sign of the parameters in their statistical model. For example, a researcher might expect that regression coefficient β1 is larger than β2 and β3.

Beyond Null Hypthesis Testing

Many researchers have no particular interest in a null hypothesis assuming that “nothing is going on”, so why test it at all? Evaluating specific, directional expectations produces more insightful results than sequentially testing traditional null hypotheses against catch-all rivals.

Constrained statistical inference: sample-size tables for ANOVA and regression

Researchers in the social and behavioral sciences often have clear expectations about the order/direction of the parameters in their statistical model. For example, a researcher might expect that regression coefficient β1 is larger than β2 and β3.

The Satisfaction With Life Scale: Measurement invariance across immigrant groups

The current study examined measurement invariance of the Satisfaction With Life Scale (SWLS; Diener, Emmons, Larsen, & Griffin, 1985) across three immigrant groups, namely, immigrants from the Former Soviet Union (FSU) in Israel, Turkish-Bulgarians, and Turkish-Germans. The results demonstrate measurement invariance of the SWLS across groups.

Meaning-in-life orientations and values in youth: Cross-cultural comparison

Search for purposes in life and the meaning of life is one of the developmental tasks in youth. The Meaning-in-Life Orientations test (MOL) is often used to assess purposes in life and meaningfulness of life and is often used to compare individuals and groups.

Measurement invariance of the Emotion Regulation Questionnaire (ERQ). A cross-national validity study

The goal of this research was to examine the measurement invariance of the Emotion Regulation Questionnaire (ERQ; Gross & John, 2003) across two European nations. Participants were Italian and German undergraduate students.