
ALPHA= <( <LOWER=> <UPPER=> )>

specifies the Type I error probability .
The default is . The LOWER= and UPPER= options are applicable only for the twosided design. The LOWER= option specifies the lower Type I
error probability , and the upper Type I error probability is computed as . The UPPER= option specifies the upper Type I error probability , and the lower Type I error probability is computed as . If both LOWER= and UPPER= options are not specified, .
If both the MAXINFO= and ALTREF= options are specified, then the Type I and Type II error probability levels cannot be met
simultaneously. In this case, the ALPHA= option is applicable only with the BOUNDARYKEY=ALPHA option (which is the default),
and the Type II error probability is derived.

ALT=LOWER  UPPER  TWOSIDED

specifies the type of alternative hypothesis in the design.
For a test of , the keywords LOWER, UPPER, and TWOSIDED correspond to the alternatives of , , and , respectively. The default is ALT=TWOSIDED.

BETA= <( <LOWER=> <UPPER=> )>

specifies the Type II error probability level .
The default is . The LOWER= and UPPER= options are applicable only for the twosided design. The LOWER= option specifies the lower Type II
error probability level , and the UPPER= option specifies the upper Type II error probability level . If the LOWER= or UPPER= option is not specified, is used.
If both the MAXINFO= and ALTREF= options are specified, then the Type I and Type II error probability levels cannot be met
simultaneously. In this case, the BETA= option is applicable only with the BOUNDARYKEY=BETA option, and the Type I error probability
is derived.

BETAOVERLAP=ADJUST  NOADJUST
OVERLAP=ADJUST  NOADJUST

specifies whether to check for overlapping of the lower and upper
boundaries for the two corresponding onesided tests. This option applies to twosided designs with STOP=ACCEPT or STOP=BOTH
that are constructed with error spending methods, and this type of overlapping might result from a small spending at an interim stage. When you specify BETAOVERLAP=ADJUST, the procedure checks for this type of overlapping. If
such overlapping is found, the boundaries for the twosided design at that stage are set to missing, and the spending values at subsequent stages are adjusted, as described in the section Boundary Adjustments for Overlapping Lower and Upper beta Boundaries".
You can specify BETAOVERLAP=NOADJUST to request that no adjustment be made. The default is BETAOVERLAP=ADJUST.

BOUNDARYKEY=ALPHA  BETA  BOTH  NONE

specifies types of errors to be maintained in the resulting boundary.
The default is BOUNDARYKEY=ALPHA if both ALTREF= and MAXINFO= options are specified. Otherwise, the default is BOUNDARYKEY=NONE
for Whitehead methods with the STOP=BOTH option, and it is BOUNDARYKEY=BOTH for others.
See the section Applicable Boundary Keys for a detailed description of applicable boundary keys.

INFO=EQUAL  CUM( numbers )

specifies relative information levels for all stages in the design.
The INFO=EQUAL option specifies equally spaced information levels, and the INFO=CUM option specifies cumulative relative information
levels. The default is INFO=EQUAL.
If the number of information levels specified in the INFO=CUM option is less than the number of stages specified in the NSTAGES=
option, the last available information increment is used as the information increment for each subsequent stage.

METHOD=WHITEHEAD < ( TAU= < ( <LOWER=> <UPPER=> ) > ) >
METHOD=method
METHOD(boundary) = method

specifies the methods for the boundaries in the design,
where .
For a onesided design, an boundary is created with the STOP=REJECT or STOP=BOTH option, and a boundary is created with the STOP=ACCEPT or STOP=BOTH option. For a twosided design, lower and upper boundaries are created with the STOP=REJECT or STOP=BOTH option, and lower and upper boundaries are created with the STOP=ACCEPT or STOP=BOTH option.
There are three types of methods available in the SEQDESIGN procedure. The unified family methods and HaybittlePeto methods
derive boundary values with fixed boundary shape; the Whitehead methods derive boundary values by adjusting the boundary values
generated from continuous monitoring; and the error spending methods derive the boundary values from the specified errors
used at each stage. You can specify different methods for the same design, but all methods must be from the same group.
For a design with early stopping to reject or accept the null hypothesis, the METHOD=WHITEHEAD option uses Whitehead’s triangular
design
and doubletriangular design
for a onesided design and twosided design, respectively (Whitehead and Stratton 1983; Whitehead 1997, 2001). For a design with early stopping only to reject the null hypothesis or only to accept the null hypothesis, you can specify
the slope of the boundary line in the score statistic scale with the TAU= option. The default is TAU=0.25. See the section Whitehead Methods for a detailed description of the Whitehead methods.
The following options specify available error spending methods for the boundary. Each of these methods can be specified with the METHOD= option
for all boundaries, or with the METHOD(boundary) = option for an individual boundary. See the section Error Spending Methods for a detailed description of these error spending methods.
With a fixed boundary shape, you can use the following available HaybittlePeto methods and unified family methods to derive
the boundary. You can specify each of these methods in the METHOD= option for all boundaries, or in the METHOD(boundary) = option for an individual boundary. See the section HaybittlePeto Method for a detailed description of the HaybittlePeto methods, and see the section Unified Family Methods for a detailed description of unified family methods.
The O’BrienFleming, Pocock, power family, and triangular methods are all special cases of the unified family methods. Table 101.3 summarizes the corresponding parameters in the unified family for these methods.
Table 101.3: Parameters in the Unified Family for Various Methods



Unified Family

Method

Option


Rho

Tau

Pocock

POC


0

0

O’BrienFleming

OBF


0.5

0

Power family

POW (RHO=)



0

Triangular

TRI (TAU=)


0.5


Note that the power parameter , where is the power parameter used in Jennison and Turnbull (2000) and Wang and Tsiatis (1987) and is the power parameter used in Kittelson and Emerson (1999).
If a method with specified parameters is used for all boundaries in the design, you can use the METHOD= option to specify
the method. Otherwise, you can use the following METHOD(boundary)= options to specify different methods from the same group for the boundaries.

METHOD(ALPHA)=method
METHOD(REJECT)=method

specifies the method for the boundary of a onesided design or the lower and upper boundaries for a twosided design.

METHOD(LOWERALPHA)=method
METHOD(LOWERREJECT)=method

specifies the method for the lower boundary of a twosided design.

METHOD(UPPERALPHA)=method
METHOD(UPPERREJECT)=method

specifies the method for the upper boundary of a twosided design.

METHOD(BETA)=method
METHOD(ACCEPT)=method

specifies the method for the boundary of a onesided design or the lower and upper boundaries for a twosided design.

METHOD(LOWERBETA)=method
METHOD(LOWERACCEPT)=method

specifies the method for the lower boundary of a twosided design.

METHOD(UPPERBETA)=method
METHOD(UPPERACCEPT)=method

specifies the method for the upper boundary of a twosided design.

NSTAGES=number

specifies the number of stages for the design. This option is required in the DESIGN statement, and the maximum allowed number
of stages is 25.

STOP=ACCEPT
STOP=REJECT
STOP=BOTH < ( BETABOUNDARY=BINDING  NONBINDING ) >

specifies the early stopping criterion for the design. The keywords ACCEPT, REJECT, and BOTH correspond to early stopping
only to accept, only to reject, and either to accept or reject the null hypothesis , respectively. The default is STOP=REJECT. With STOP=BOTH, the BETABOUNDARY=BINDING suboption computes the Type I error probability
with the acceptance boundary, and the BETABOUNDARY=NONBINDING suboption computes the Type I error probability without the
acceptance boundary.
The default is BETABOUNDARY=BINDING. The BETABOUNDARY=NONBINDING option is not applicable with METHOD=WHITEHEAD.