The SEQDESIGN Procedure |

This example requests two three-stage group sequential designs for normally distributed statistics. Each design uses a power family error spending function with a specified two-sided alternative hypothesis and early stopping only to accept the null hypothesis .

The first design uses the BETAOVERLAP=NOADJUST option to derive acceptance boundary values without adjusting for the possible overlapping of the lower and upper boundaries computed from the two corresponding one-sided tests. The second design uses the BETAOVERLAP=ADJUST option to test the overlapping of the boundaries at each interim stage based on the two corresponding one-sided tests and then to set the boundary values at the stage to missing if overlapping occurs at that stage.

The following statements request a two-sided design with the BETAOVERLAP=NOADJUST option:

ods graphics on; proc seqdesign altref=0.2 errspend; design nstages=3 method=errfuncpow alt=twosided stop=accept betaoverlap=noadjust beta=0.09 ; run; ods graphics off;

The "Design Information" table in Output 78.10.1 displays design specifications and the derived statistics for the first design. With the specified alternative reference , the maximum information is derived.

The SEQDESIGN Procedure

Design: Design_1

Design Information | |
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Statistic Distribution | Normal |

Boundary Scale | Standardized Z |

Alternative Hypothesis | Two-Sided |

Early Stop | Accept Null |

Method | Error Spending |

Boundary Key | Both |

Alternative Reference | 0.2 |

Number of Stages | 3 |

Alpha | 0.05 |

Beta | 0.09 |

Power | 0.91 |

Max Information (Percent of Fixed Sample) | 103.8789 |

Max Information | 282.9328 |

Null Ref ASN (Percent of Fixed Sample) | 79.20197 |

Alt Ref ASN (Percent of Fixed Sample) | 102.1476 |

The "Boundary Information" table in Output 78.10.2 displays the information level, alternative reference, and boundary values. With a specified alternative reference , the maximum information is derived from the procedure, and the actual information level at each stage is displayed in the table. By default (or equivalently if you specify BOUNDARYSCALE=STDZ), the alternative reference and boundary values are displayed with the standardized scale. The alternative reference at stage is given by , where is the specified alternative reference and is the information level at stage , .

Boundary Information (Standardized Z Scale) Null Reference = 0 |
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_Stage_ | Alternative | Boundary Values | ||||

Information Level | Reference | Lower | Upper | |||

Proportion | Actual | Lower | Upper | Beta | Beta | |

1 | 0.3333 | 94.31094 | -1.94228 | 1.94228 | -0.08239 | 0.08239 |

2 | 0.6667 | 188.6219 | -2.74679 | 2.74679 | -0.90351 | 0.90351 |

3 | 1.0000 | 282.9328 | -3.36412 | 3.36412 | -1.92519 | 1.92519 |

The "Error Spending Information" table in Output 78.10.3 displays the cumulative error spending at each stage for each boundary.

With the STOP=ACCEPT option, the design does not stop at interim stages to reject , and the spending at each interim stage is zero. For the power family error spending function with the default parameter , the beta spending at stage is , and the cumulative beta spending at stage is .

With the specified ODS GRAPHICS ON statement, a detailed boundary plot with the acceptance and rejection regions is displayed, as shown in Output 78.10.4.

The following statements request a two-sided design with the BETAOVERLAP=ADJUST option, which is the default:

ods graphics on; proc seqdesign altref=0.2 errspend; design nstages=3 method=errfuncpow alt=twosided stop=accept betaoverlap=adjust beta=0.09 ; run; ods graphics off;

With the BETAOVERLAP=ADJUST option, the procedure first derives the usual boundary values for the two-sided design and then checks for overlapping of the boundaries for the two corresponding one-sided tests at each stage. If this type of overlapping occurs at a particular stage, the boundary values for that stage are set to missing, the spending values at that stage are reset to zero, and the spending values at subsequent stages are adjusted proportionally.

The boundary values without adjusting for the possible overlapping of the two one-sided boundaries are identical to the boundary values derived in the first design (with the BETAOVERLAP=NOADJUST option, as shown in Output 78.10.2). At stage , the upper boundary value for the corresponding one-sided test is

where is the upper alternative reference, is the information level at stage , and is the spending at stage (as shown in Output 78.10.3).

Similarly, the lower boundary value for the corresponding one-sided test is computed as . Since the upper boundary value is less than the lower boundary at stage , overlapping occurs, and so the boundary values for the two-sided design are set to missing at stage .

With the boundary values set to missing at stage and the spending the spending values at subsequent interim stages are adjusted proportionally. In this example, the adjusted spending at stage is computed as

where is the cumulative spending at stage before the adjustment, .

The "Design Information" table in Output 78.10.5 displays design specifications and derived statistics for the design.

The SEQDESIGN Procedure

Design: Design_1

Design Information | |
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Statistic Distribution | Normal |

Boundary Scale | Standardized Z |

Alternative Hypothesis | Two-Sided |

Early Stop | Accept Null |

Method | Error Spending |

Boundary Key | Both |

Alternative Reference | 0.2 |

Number of Stages | 3 |

Alpha | 0.05 |

Beta | 0.09 |

Power | 0.91 |

Max Information (Percent of Fixed Sample) | 101.9388 |

Max Information | 277.649 |

Null Ref ASN (Percent of Fixed Sample) | 80.56408 |

Alt Ref ASN (Percent of Fixed Sample) | 100.792 |

The "Boundary Information" table in Output 78.10.6 displays the information levels, alternative references, and boundary values.

Boundary Information (Standardized Z Scale) Null Reference = 0 |
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_Stage_ | Alternative | Boundary Values | ||||

Information Level | Reference | Lower | Upper | |||

Proportion | Actual | Lower | Upper | Beta | Beta | |

1 | 0.3333 | 92.54967 | -1.92405 | 1.92405 | . | . |

2 | 0.6667 | 185.0993 | -2.72102 | 2.72102 | -0.89469 | 0.89469 |

3 | 1.0000 | 277.649 | -3.33256 | 3.33256 | -1.93494 | 1.93494 |

The "Error Spending Information" table in Output 78.10.7 displays the cumulative error spending at each stage for each boundary.

With the specified ODS GRAPHICS ON statement, a detailed boundary plot with the acceptance and rejection regions is displayed, as shown in Output 78.10.8.

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