R Package for effect size visualization and estimation.

This package is designed to help you very quickly estimate and visualize distributional differences by categorical factors (e.g., the effect of treatment by gender and income category). Emphasis is placed on evaluating distributional differences across the entirety of the scale, rather than only by measures of central tendency (e.g., means).

Install directly from CRAN with

```
install.packages("esvis")
```

Or the development version from GitHub with:

```
# install.packages("devtools")
devtools::install_github("datalorax/esvis")
```

There are three primary data visualizations: (a) binned effect size
plots, (b) probability-probability plots, and (c) empirical cumulative
distribution functions. All plots use the
ggplot2 package and are fully
manipulable after creation using standard ggplot commands (e.g.,
changing the theme, labels, etc.). These plots were all produced by
first running `library(ggplot2); theme_set(theme_minimal())`

to produce
the plots with the minimal theme, but no theme structure is imposed on
any of the plots.

At present, the binned effect size plot can only be produced with
Cohen’s *d*, although future development will allow the user to select
the type of effect size. The binned effect size plot splits the
distribution into quantiles specified by the user (defaults to lower,
middle, and upper thirds), calculates the mean difference between groups
within each quantile bin, and produces an effect size for each bin by
dividing by the overall pooled standard deviation (i.e., not by
quantile). For example

```
library(esvis)
binned_plot(benchmarks, math ~ ell)
#> Warning: `cols` is now required.
#> Please use `cols = c(data, q)`
```

Note that in this plot one can clearly see that the magnitude of the differences between the groups depends upon scale location, as evidence by the reversal of the effect (negative to positive) for the Non-ELL (non-English Language Learners) group. We could also change the reference group, change the level of quantile binning, and evaluate the effect within other factors. For example, we can look by season eligibility for free or reduced price lunch, with quantiles binning, and non-ELL students as the reference group with

```
binned_plot(benchmarks,
math ~ ell + frl + season,
ref_group = "Non-ELL",
qtile_groups = 5)
#> Warning: `cols` is now required.
#> Please use `cols = c(data, q)`
```

The `ref_group`

argument can also supplied as a formula.

Probability-probability plot can be produced with a call to `pp_plot`

and an equivalent argument structure. In this case, we’re visualizing
the difference in reading achievement by race/ethnicity by season.

```
pp_plot(benchmarks, reading ~ ethnicity + season)
```

Essentially, the empirical cummulative distribution function (ECDF) for the reference group (by default, the highest performing group) is mapped against the ECDF for each corresponding group. The magnitude of the achievement gap is then displayed by the distance from the diagonal reference line, representing, essentially, the ECDF for the reference group.

By default, the area under the curve is shaded, which itself is an effect-size like measure, but this is also manipulable.

Finally, the `ecdf_plot`

function essentially dresses up the base
`plot.ecdf`

function, but also adds some nice referencing features
through additional, optional arguments. Below, I have included the
optional `hor_ref = TRUE`

argument such that horizontal reference lines
appear, relative to the cuts provided.

```
ecdf_plot(benchmarks, math ~ season,
cuts = c(190, 200, 215))
```

These are the curves that go into the PP-Plot, but occasionally can be useful on their own.

Compute effect sizes for all possible pairwise comparisons.

```
coh_d(benchmarks, math ~ season + frl)
#> `mutate_if()` ignored the following grouping variables:
#> Column `season`
#> # A tibble: 30 x 6
#> season_ref frl_ref season_foc frl_foc coh_d coh_se
#> <chr> <chr> <chr> <chr> <dbl> <dbl>
#> 1 Fall FRL Fall Non-FRL 0.7443868 0.07055679
#> 2 Fall FRL Spring FRL 1.321191 0.04957348
#> 3 Fall FRL Spring Non-FRL 2.008066 0.07873488
#> 4 Fall FRL Winter FRL 0.6246112 0.04716189
#> 5 Fall FRL Winter Non-FRL 1.300031 0.07326622
#> 6 Fall Non-FRL Fall FRL -0.7443868 0.07055679
#> 7 Fall Non-FRL Spring FRL 0.5498306 0.06939873
#> 8 Fall Non-FRL Spring Non-FRL 1.140492 0.09189070
#> 9 Fall Non-FRL Winter FRL -0.1269229 0.06934576
#> 10 Fall Non-FRL Winter Non-FRL 0.5009081 0.08716735
#> # … with 20 more rows
```

Or specify a reference group. In this case, I’ve used the formula-based interface, but a string vector specifying the specific reference group could also be supplied.

```
coh_d(benchmarks,
math ~ season + frl,
ref_group = ~Fall + `Non-FRL`)
#> `mutate_if()` ignored the following grouping variables:
#> Column `season`
#> # A tibble: 5 x 6
#> season_ref frl_ref season_foc frl_foc coh_d coh_se
#> <chr> <chr> <chr> <chr> <dbl> <dbl>
#> 1 Fall Non-FRL Fall FRL -0.7443868 0.07055679
#> 2 Fall Non-FRL Spring FRL 0.5498306 0.06939873
#> 3 Fall Non-FRL Spring Non-FRL 1.140492 0.09189070
#> 4 Fall Non-FRL Winter FRL -0.1269229 0.06934576
#> 5 Fall Non-FRL Winter Non-FRL 0.5009081 0.08716735
```

Notice that the reference to Non-FRL is wrapped in back-ticks, which should be used anytime there are spaces or other non-standard characters.

Other effect sizes are estimated equivalently. For example, compute *V*
(Ho, 2009)
can be estimated with

```
v(benchmarks,
math ~ season + frl,
ref_group = ~Fall + `Non-FRL`)
#> # A tibble: 5 x 5
#> # Groups: frl, season [1]
#> frl_ref season_ref frl_foc season_foc v
#> <chr> <chr> <chr> <chr> <dbl>
#> 1 Non-FRL Fall Non-FRL Winter 0.5070737
#> 2 Non-FRL Fall FRL Spring 0.5454666
#> 3 Non-FRL Fall FRL Winter -0.1117226
#> 4 Non-FRL Fall Non-FRL Spring 1.139235
#> 5 Non-FRL Fall FRL Fall -0.7051069
```

or *AUC* with

```
auc(benchmarks,
math ~ season + frl,
ref_group = ~Fall + `Non-FRL`)
#> # A tibble: 5 x 5
#> # Groups: frl, season [1]
#> frl_ref season_ref frl_foc season_foc auc
#> <chr> <chr> <chr> <chr> <dbl>
#> 1 Non-FRL Fall Non-FRL Winter 0.6400361
#> 2 Non-FRL Fall FRL Spring 0.6501417
#> 3 Non-FRL Fall FRL Winter 0.4685164
#> 4 Non-FRL Fall Non-FRL Spring 0.7897519
#> 5 Non-FRL Fall FRL Fall 0.3090356
```

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