Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Dr. Reagan Brown (Director), Dr. Elizabeth Shoenfelt, Dr. Anthony Paquin

Degree Program

Department of Psychology

Degree Type

Master of Arts


The current study employs Monte Carlo analyses to evaluate the effectiveness of various statistical procedures for determining specific values of interest within a population of 1,000,000 cases. Specifically, the proper procedures for addressing the opposing effects of direct range restriction and validity overestimation were assessed through a comparison of multiple correlation coefficients derived using various sequences of procedures in randomly drawn samples. A comparison of the average bias associated with these methods indicated that correction for range restriction prior to the application of a validity overestimation adjustment formula yielded the best estimate of population parameters over a number of conditions. Additionally, similar methods were employed to assess the effectiveness of the standard ΔR2F-test for determining, based on characteristics of the derivation sample, the comparative superiority of either optimally or unit weighted composites in future samples; this procedure was largely ineffective under the conditions employed in the current study.


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