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Receiver Operating Characteristic (aka ROC) Party, hosted at University of North Carolina

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The bulk of the work happens in between our weekly calls, and there are several things that should happen in the coming weeks to get the most out of the party.

Following these steps makes it more likely than not that you’ll have both a deeper understanding of the concepts, and also a manuscript with at least the Methods, Results, tables and figures ready to go as soon as possible.

Google Doc



Project Idea Collaborators Canvas Link AARF MONS Code Final Code MONS Lit Review Team Deadline for Submission

Suggested timeline

Schedule Goal for week Logistics Activities Readings/Resources
Week 1


Conceptual Grounding in ROC


How is it different from t-test and other traditional statistical methods in the social sciences?

  • Dropbox
  • Peerwise

If unable to register, please contact Mian-Li Ong at mian@med.unc.edu

  • Youngstrom (2014) “Ready to ROC” primer


Fill out ROC Planning Canvas

  • Criterion definition (who counts as a hit, who counts as a false positive)
  • Distractor variables (what variables will likely create false positives)
  • Predictor variables (name of the scales)
  • Moderator variables (anything that might change accuracy of the test)
  • Confounds (things that we should adjust for in addition to the moderator variables)

Alert areas

  • Writing part of measures section that describes the interview. Eric has already written this so we need to reword it

Fill out Author Agreement Registration Form ("AARF")

  • Get data use agreements for every ROC participant

Write IRB Proposal

Week 2 (2/20)

Introduction to Your Dataset


What is your dataset, and what is your research question?

Post open-ended questions and logistical questions to the Talk page Assignments:
  • Discuss ROC Planning Canvas
  • Read each other's group canvas,
  • Practice with sample data from Ready to ROC Care Package
  • Read Introduction and Discussion section of meta-analysis paper
  • Start article search along with data analysis
    • References within last 2 years (something new)
    • Discuss similar scales and their psychometrics/meta analysis (something borrowed)
    • Cite something from Carolina - something our group has done (something blue)
    • Target is to have ~8 articles for introduction
Week 3

Finalizing Dataset and Team Building


Who is in your team? Which dataset are you using?

Each team should have:
  • 1 experienced ROCStar
  • 1 content expert
  • 1 person familiar with dataset
  • 1 understudy, aka. "wingman"


  • Deidentify data set
  • Local data use agreement
  • Any other permissions
  • Complete ROC planning canvas
  • Get feedback from experienced ROCStar
  • Finalize dataset choice and team
Week 4

We Are Ready to ROC


All of your team should have met, and everyone should have the data!

  • Complete at least one pre-meeting for "meet and greet" of your team
  • Make sure everyone has data and appropriate permissions

Schedule large meeting call

Sample ROC code


Other resources


Suggested timeline


Meeting times are 6.00pm to 8.00pm. Items should be completed before meeting.

Previous ROC parties

  1. Inaugural ROC Party - Summer 2015
  2. Second ROC Party - Summer 2016
  3. ROCParty@Carolina (2-13-2017 to 5-31-2017)

Example ROC papers