[FieldTrip] Statistical test of robustness of a graph measure based on reduced amount of nodes

Ta Dinh, Son son.ta.dinh at tum.de
Wed Oct 5 06:54:31 CEST 2016

Dear Fieldtrippers,

the general problem we are facing is one of statistics. In particular, we are trying to test the robustness of a graph measure when reducing the amount of nodes it is computed with. In our case, we use the EEG electrodes as nodes.

We are trying to find out whether a graph measure differs significantly from zero over a group of subjects. The exact calculation of the measure is rather complicated to explain, suffice it to say that every subject has exactly one scalar value in the end. Computation of this measure using 64 electrodes is straightforward and we can easily calculate a p-value and/or a confidence interval.
When we calculate based on only 32 electrodes however, we draw 32 electrodes randomly. Therefore, we need to repeat this computation many times (let's say 1000 times). So we then get [1000 x number of subjects] values, or 1000 p-values/confidence intervals.
How do we statistically test whether the measure is robustly different from 0? Is it too naive to simply assume that if the confidence interval does not contain 0 in at least 950 of the 1000 computations then it is robustly different from 0?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Best regards,

Son Ta Dinh, M.Sc.
PhD student in Human Pain Research
Klinikum rechts der Isar
Technische Universit√§t M√ľnchen
Munich, Germany
Phone: +49 89 4140 7664<tel:%2B49%2089%204140%207664>

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