Sample size required to test means dependent samples

The $ES$ is defined as $$ ES=\frac{|\mu_d|}{\sigma_d} $$


  • $\mu_d$ is the mean of the difference,
  • $\sigma_d$ is the standard deviation of the difference.

The formula for determining the sample size required in each group to ensure that the test has a specified power is

$$ n =\bigg(\frac{Z_{1-\alpha/2}+Z_{1-\beta}}{ES}\bigg)^2 $$


  • $\alpha$ is the selected level of significance,
  • $1-\beta$ is the selected power and
  • $ES$ is the effect size.

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