Cross-hairs: a scatterplot for meta-analysis in R

Brannick M. T., GÜLTAŞ M.

RESEARCH SYNTHESIS METHODS, vol.8, no.1, pp.53-63, 2017 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 8 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/jrsm.1220
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.53-63
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


We describe a meta-analytic scatterplot that indicates precision of points for two variables paired within studies; this is equivalent in form to a 'cross-hairs' plot used to portray specificity and sensitivity in diagnostic testing. At the user's discretion, the plot also displays boxplots for each of the X and Y variable distributions, means for each of the variables, and the correlation between the two. The cross-hairs may be suppressed for dense point clouds. The program is written in R, so it can be modified by the user and can serve as a companion to existing meta-analysis programs. Some of the program's novel uses are described and illustrated with (1) independent effect sizes, (2) dependent effect sizes, and (3) shrunken estimates. Copyright (C) 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.