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This calculator is useful when we wish to test whether the means of two groups are equivalent, without concern of which group's mean is larger.
Suppose we collect a sample from a group 'A' and a group 'B'; that is we collect two samples, and will conduct a two-sample test.
For example, we may wish to test whether a new product is equivalent to an existing, industry standard product.
Here, the 'burden of proof', so to speak, falls on the new product;
that is, equivalence is actually represented by the alternative, rather than the null hypothesis.

$H_1:|\mu_A-\mu_B|<\delta$

where $\delta$ is the superiority or non-inferiority margin and the ratio between the sample sizes of the two groups is

This calculator uses the following formulas to compute sample size and power, respectively:
$$
n_A=\kappa n_B \;\text{ and }\;
n_B=\left(1+\frac{1}{\kappa}\right)
\left(\sigma\frac{z_{1-\alpha}+z_{1-\beta/2}}{|\mu_A-\mu_B|-\delta}\right)^2$$

$$1-\beta=
2\left[\Phi\left(z-z_{1-\alpha}\right)+\Phi\left(-z-z_{1-\alpha}\right)\right]-1
\quad ,\quad z=\frac{|\mu_A-\mu_B|-\delta}{\sigma\sqrt{\frac{1}{n_A}+\frac{1}{n_B}}}$$
where

- $\kappa=n_A/n_B$ is the matching ratio
- $\sigma$ is standard deviation
- $\Phi$ is the standard Normal distribution function
- $\Phi^{-1}$ is the standard Normal quantile function
- $\alpha$ is Type I error
- $\beta$ is Type II error, meaning $1-\beta$ is power
- $\delta$ is the testing margin

R code to implement these functions:

muA=5 muB=4 delta=5 kappa=1 sd=10 alpha=0.05 beta=0.20 (nB=(1+1/kappa)*(sd*(qnorm(1-alpha)+qnorm(1-beta/2))/(abs(muA-muB)-delta))^2) ceiling(nB) # 108 z=(abs(muA-muB)-delta)/(sd*sqrt((1+1/kappa)/nB)) (Power=2*(pnorm(z-qnorm(1-alpha))+pnorm(-z-qnorm(1-alpha)))-1)

Chow S, Shao J, Wang H. 2008.Sample Size Calculations in Clinical Research. 2nd Ed. Chapman & Hall/CRC Biostatistics Series.page 62.

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