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Meta-analysis provides a means of generating an average effect for an association between two variables. The focus of this entry involves the ability to examine how to test more complex models using data derived from a meta-analysis. Essentially, a meta-analysis (or meta-analyses) can serve as the basis for generating data capable of use in a path analysis (structural equation model), analysis of variance (ANOVA), multiple regression, or essentially any other more complex data analysis. While the particulars of the mathematical properties may provide some differences or requirements for consideration, the essential conclusion should be that any analysis that can be conducted on a primary data set is possible on data derived from a meta-analysis. This is an important consideration in communication research, because the possibility ...

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