Reliability of anthropometric methods and replicate measurements

John H. Himes

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The Spearman‐Brown Prophesy formula, derived from psychometrics, may be used in anthropometric studies to describe the relationship between the intraclass reliability coefficient for a single measurement and the reliability resulting from the mean of replicate measurements. This theory may be applied to determine expected reliabilities of anthropometric protocols using replicate measurements and to determine the numbers of replicate measurements necessary to achieve desired levels of reliability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-80
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Anthropology
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 1989
Externally publishedYes


  • Anthropometry
  • Measurement
  • Reliability


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