A significant F test in a linear model indicates that the effect of the term or contrast being tested might be real. The next thing you want to know is, How big is the effect? Various measures have been devised to give answers to this question that are comparable over different experimental designs. If you specify the experimental EFFECTSIZE option in the MODEL statement, then GLM adds to each ANOVA table estimates and confidence intervals for three different measures of effect size:
the noncentrality parameter for the F test
the proportion of total variation accounted for (also known as the semipartial correlation ratio or the squared semipartial correlation)
the proportion of partial variation accounted for (also known as the full partial correlation ratio or the squared full partial correlation)
The adjectives “semipartial” and “full partial” might seem strange. They refer to how other effects are “partialed out” of the dependent variable and the effect being tested. For “semipartial” statistics, all other effects are partialed out of the effect in question, but not the dependent variable. This measures the (adjusted) effect as a proportion of the total variation in the dependent variable. On the other hand, for “full partial” statistics, all other effects are partialed out of both the dependent variable and the effect in question. This measures the (adjusted) effect as a proportion of only the dependent variation remaining after partialing, or in other words the partial variation. Details about the computation and interpretation of these estimates and confidence intervals are discussed in the remainder of this section.
The noncentrality parameter is directly related to the true distribution of the F statistic when the effect being tested has a nonnull effect. The uniformly minimum variance unbiased estimate for the noncentrality is



where FValue is the observed value of the F statistic for the test and DF and DFE are the numerator and denominator degrees of freedom for the test, respectively. An alternative estimate that can be slightly biased but has a somewhat lower expected mean square error is



(See Perlman and Rasmussen (1975), cited in Johnson, Kotz, and Balakrishnan (1994).) A % lower confidence bound for the noncentrality is given by the value of NC for which probf(FValue,DF,DFE,NC) = p, where probf() is the cumulative probability function for the noncentral F distribution. This result can be used to form a % confidence interval for the noncentrality.
The partial proportion of variation accounted for by the effect being tested is easiest to define by its natural sample estimate,



where SSE is the sample error sum of squares. Note that is actually sometimes denoted or just R square, but in this context the R square notation is reserved for the corresponding to the overall model, which is just the familiar R square for the model. is actually a biased estimate of the true ; an alternative that is approximately unbiased is given by



where MSE = SSE/DFE is the sample mean square for error and N is the number of observations. The true is related to the true noncentrality parameter NC by the formula



This fact can be employed to transform a confidence interval for NC into one for . Note that some authors (Steiger and Fouladi; 1997; Fidler and Thompson; 2001; Smithson; 2003) have published slightly different confidence intervals for , based on a slightly different formula for the relationship between and NC, apparently due to Cohen (1988). Cohen’s formula appears to be approximately correct for random predictor values (Maxwell, 2000), but the one given previously is correct if the predictor values are assumed fixed, as is standard for the GLM procedure.
Finally, the proportion of total variation accounted for by the effect being tested is again easiest to define by its natural sample estimate, which is known as the (semipartial) statistic,



where is the total sample (corrected) sum of squares, and SS is the observed sum of squares due to the effect being tested. As with , is actually a biased estimate of the true ; an alternative that is approximately unbiased is the (semipartial) statistic



where MSE = SSE/DFE is the sample mean square for error. Whereas depends only on the noncentrality for its associated F test, the presence of the total sum of squares in the previous formulas indicates that depends on the noncentralities for all effects in the model. An exact confidence interval is not available, but if you write the formula for as



then a conservative confidence interval can be constructed as for , treating as the SSE and N – DF – 1 as the DFE (Smithson, 2004). This confidence interval is conservative in the sense that it implies values of the true that are smaller than they should be.
Estimates and confidence intervals for effect sizes require some care in interpretation. For example, while the true proportions of total and partial variation accounted for are nonnegative quantities, their estimates might be less than zero. Also, confidence intervals for effect sizes are not directly related to the corresponding estimates. In particular, it is possible for the estimate to lie outside the confidence interval.
As for interpreting the actual values of effect size measures, the approximately unbiased estimates are usually preferred for point estimates. Some authors have proposed certain ranges as indicating “small,” “medium,” and “large” effects (Cohen, 1988), but general benchmarks like this depend on the nature of the data and the typical signaltonoise ratio; they should not be expected to apply across various disciplines. For example, while an value of 10% might be viewed as “large” for psychometric data, it can be a relatively small effect for industrial experimentation. Whatever the standard, confidence intervals for true effect sizes typically span more than one category, indicating that in small experiments, it can be difficult to make firm statements about the size of effects.
The data for this example are similar to data analyzed in Steiger and Fouladi (1997); Fidler and Thompson (2001); Smithson (2003). Consider the following hypothetical design, testing 28 men and 28 women on seven different tasks.
data Test; do Task = 1 to 7; do Gender = 'M','F'; do i = 1 to 4; input Response @@; output; end; end; end; datalines; 7.1 2.8 3.9 3.7 6.5 6.5 6.5 6.6 7.1 5.5 4.8 2.6 3.6 5.4 5.6 4.5 7.2 4.6 4.9 4.6 3.3 5.4 2.8 1.5 5.6 6.2 5.4 6.5 5.6 2.7 3.8 2.3 2.2 5.4 5.6 8.4 1.2 2.0 4.3 4.6 9.1 4.5 7.6 4.9 4.3 7.7 6.5 7.7 4.5 3.8 5.9 6.1 1.7 2.5 4.3 2.7 ;
This is a balanced twoway design with four replicates per cell. The following statements analyze this data. Since this is a balanced design, you can use the SS1 option in the MODEL statement to display only the Type I sums of squares.
proc glm data=Test; class Gender Task; model Response = GenderTask / ss1; run;
The analysis of variance results are shown in Figure 42.15.
Figure 42.15: TwoWay Analysis of Variance
Source  DF  Type I SS  Mean Square  F Value  Pr > F 

Gender  1  14.40285714  14.40285714  6.00  0.0185 
Task  6  38.15964286  6.35994048  2.65  0.0285 
Gender*Task  6  35.99964286  5.99994048  2.50  0.0369 
You can see that the two main effects as well as their interaction are all significant. Suppose you want to compare the main effect of Gender with the interaction between Gender and Task. The sums of squares for the interaction are more than twice as large, but it’s not clear how experimental variability might affect this. The following statements perform the same analysis as before, but add the EFFECTSIZE option to the MODEL statement; also, with ALPHA=0.1 option displays 90% confidence intervals, ensuring that inferences based on the pvalues at the 0.05 levels will agree with the lower confidence limit.
proc glm data=Test; class Gender Task; model Response = GenderTask / ss1 effectsize alpha=0.1; run;
The Type I analysis of variance results with added effect size information are shown in Figure 42.16.
Figure 42.16: TwoWay Analysis of Variance with Effect Sizes
Source  DF  Type I SS  Mean Square  F Value  Pr > F  Noncentrality Parameter  Total Variation Accounted For  Partial Variation Accounted For  

Min Var Unbiased Estimate 
Low MSE Estimate  90% Confidence Limits  Semipartial EtaSquare  Semipartial OmegaSquare  Conservative 90% Confidence Limits 
Partial EtaSquare  Partial OmegaSquare  90% Confidence Limits  
Gender  1  14.40285714  14.40285714  6.00  0.0185  4.72  4.48  0.521  17.1  0.0761  0.0626  0.0019  0.2030  0.1250  0.0820  0.0092  0.2342 
Task  6  38.15964286  6.35994048  2.65  0.0285  9.14  8.69  0.870  27.3  0.2015  0.1239  0.0000  0.2772  0.2746  0.1502  0.0153  0.3277 
Gender*Task  6  35.99964286  5.99994048  2.50  0.0369  8.29  7.87  0.463  25.9  0.1901  0.1126  0.0000  0.2639  0.2632  0.1385  0.0082  0.3160 
The estimated effect sizes for Gender and the interaction all tell pretty much the same story: the effect of the interaction is appreciably greater than the effect of Gender. However, the confidence intervals suggest that this inference should be treated with some caution, since the lower confidence bound for the Gender effect is greater than the lower confidence bound for the interaction in all three cases. Followup testing is probably in order, using the estimated effect sizes in this preliminary study to design a large enough sample to distinguish the sizes of the effects.