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Viewing the entire 30-data point series makes the random nature of this variation about the constant level of 30 more apparent. 18 A 30-data point time series, with a small local section marked out. 18, with linear trend line drawn in. 18, were observed as a baseline time series without the data analyst knowing the nature of the longer time series from which these four data points are extracted. 19 with an ordinary least squares trend line added. The apparent trend in an increasing direction is obvious, and using Parsonson and Baer’s (1986) comments quoted previously as a guide, this apparent increasing trend would be an important basis against which to compare and contrast treatment phase data patterns.

The flat dashed lines in baseline and treatment phases in this figure show the mean level of the dependent variable. Also shown in this figure is the difference between the phase means, or the change in mean from baseline to treatment phase. The change in means between phases is a second form (and special case) of change in level between phases. Immediacy of Change Another pattern that can be used to assess the change from a baseline to a treatment phase, or between two different but adjacent treatment phases, is the latency of change (Kazdin, 1982).

Another form of test is that of individual autocorrelations in an ACF. This is typically done by viewing the ACF and determining whether an 49 50 Analyzing Single System Design Data autocorrelation is of sufficient magnitude to exceed the confidence interval bounds plotted on the ACF, as can be seen in earlier and subsequent figures (McCain & McCleary, 1979). These bounds are approximate 95% confidence interval bounds, and any autocorrelation that exceeds these can be considered to be statistically significant.

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