`R/two_arm_covariate_designer.R`

`two_arm_covariate_designer.Rd`

Builds a design with one treatment and one control arm.
Treatment effects can be specified either by providing `control_mean`

and `treatment_mean`

or by specifying a `control_mean`

and `ate`

.
Non random assignment is specified by a possible correlation, `rho_WZ`

, between `W`

and a latent variable that determines the probability of `Z`

.
Nonignorability is specified by a possible correlation, `rho_WY`

, between `W`

and outcome `Y`

.

```
two_arm_covariate_designer(
N = 100,
prob = 0.5,
control_mean = 0,
sd = 1,
ate = 1,
h = 0,
treatment_mean = control_mean + ate,
rho_WY = 0,
rho_WZ = 0,
args_to_fix = NULL
)
```

- N
An integer. Sample size.

- prob
A number in [0,1]. Probability of assignment to treatment.

- control_mean
A number. Average outcome in control.

- sd
A positive number. Standard deviation of shock on Y.

- ate
A number. Average treatment effect.

- h
A number. Controls heterogeneous treatment effects by W. Defaults to 0.

- treatment_mean
A number. Average outcome in treatment. Overrides

`ate`

if both specified.- rho_WY
A number in [-1,1]. Correlation between W and Y.

- rho_WZ
A number in [-1,1]. Correlation between W and Z.

- args_to_fix
A character vector. Names of arguments to be args_to_fix in design.

A simple two-arm design with covariate W.

Units are assigned to treatment using complete random assignment. Potential outcomes are normally distributed according to the mean and sd arguments.

See vignette online.

```
#Generate a simple two-arm design using default arguments
two_arm_covariate_design <- two_arm_covariate_designer()
# Design with no confounding but a prognostic covariate
prognostic <- two_arm_covariate_designer(N = 40, ate = .2, rho_WY = .9, h = .5)
if (FALSE) {
diagnose_design(prognostic)
}
# Design with confounding
confounding <- two_arm_covariate_designer(N = 40, ate = 0, rho_WZ = .9, rho_WY = .9, h = .5)
if (FALSE) {
diagnose_design(confounding, sims = 2000)
}
# Curse of power: A biased design may be more likely to mislead the larger it is
curses <- expand_design(two_arm_covariate_designer,
N = c(50, 500, 5000), ate = 0, rho_WZ = .2, rho_WY = .2)
if (FALSE) {
diagnoses <- diagnose_design(curses)
subset(diagnoses$diagnosands_df, estimator == "No controls")[,c("N", "power")]
}
```