Interim analysis is the practice of performing a statistical analysis when the data have only been partially collected, for example, to save resources or to handle the uncertainty of the true effect size. Most statistical designs featuring interim analysis have been developed either in a general statistical setting or for application in clinical trials. As a result, most of them make assumptions and have conditions that in a preclinical setting are usually not met. In this paper, we present necessary changes to the most common forms of interim analysis enhanced for animal experiments, specifically for the t-test and the one-way ANOVA. Finally, we present software that allows freeware use to serve the research community to facilitate the design of experiments featuring interim analyses. The app can be found at icds.be/gsdesigner. It is in the public domain and its code can be found on github.com/ICDS-vubUZ/gsd-designer. In this GitHub folder, one can also find a tutorial for the app.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)248-254
Number of pages7
JournalResearch in Veterinary Science
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022

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  • Analysis of Variance
  • Animals
  • Research Design
  • Uncertainty


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