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Editors: Julian PT Higgins, Jonathan J Deeks and Douglas G Altman on behalf of the Cochrane Statistical Methods Group.

This chapter should be cited as: Higgins JPT, Deeks JJ, Altman DG (editors). Chapter 16: Special topics in statistics. In: Higgins JPT, Green S (editors), Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions Version 5.1.0 (updated March 2011). The Cochrane Collaboration, 2011. Available from

Contributing authors: Doug Altman, Deborah Ashby, Ralf Bender, Catey Bunce, Marion Campbell, Mike Clarke, Jon Deeks, Simon Gates, Julian Higgins, Nathan Pace and Simon Thompson.

Acknowledgements: We particularly thank Joseph Beyene, Peter G√łtzsche, Steff Lewis, Georgia Salanti, Stephen Senn and Ian White for helpful comments on earlier drafts. For details of the Cochrane Statistical Methods Group, see Chapter 9 (Box 9.8.a).