Welcome to Method Comparison, Reliability and Agreement


The course will focus on the importance of method comparison studies when evaluating new clinical and experimental methods. The course will describe how method comparison studies are designed and how obtained results are analysed and described. Application of analytical measures such as Coefficient of Variance, Intra-Class Correlation, differences in means, and Bland-Altman’s limits of agreement, inter-rater reliability, test accuracy and sample size estimation will be discussed. The aim of the course is to provide the participants with a toolbox that enables them to perform and analyse method comparison studies. This advanced course in biostatistics assumes knowledge of basic methods in biostatistics, including the concepts of hypothesis testing, and basic study designs. The course is designed for researchers working in both clinical and experimental settings.


Atkinson G, Nevill A. Statistical methods for assessing measurement error (reliability) in variables relevant to sports medicine.  Sports Med 1998; 26: 217-238

Weir JP. Quantifying test-retest reliability using the intraclass correlation coefficient and the SEM. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 2005; 19: 231–240

Bland JM, Altman DG. Measuring agreement in method comparison studies. Statistical Methods in Medical Research 1999; 8: 135 – 160

and links, datasets and handouts distributes prior to and during the course.


Basic knowledge on statistics (e.g. Biostatistics I)


Short project/assignment

Organizer: Associate Professor Carsten Dahl Mørch, email: cdahl@hst.aau.dk

Lecturers: Assistant Professor Federico Gabriel Arguissain, Associate Professor Carsten Dahl Mørch, Aalborg University

ECTS: 1.5

Time: 15 and 16 October 2019 (8.15 - 14.15)

Place: Aalborg University, Fredrik Bajers Vej 7E, room E3-209

Zip code: 

Aalborg Øst 

Number of seats:

Deadline: 24 September 2019 

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.