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Background to the Girls' Growth Curves Data
Data analysed in: Kroonenberg, P. M. (2008). Applied multiway data analysis. Hoboken NJ: Wiley.
The original study from which the present data were taken was initiated in order to get
insight into the physical growth patterns of children from ages four to fifteen. Details about
the study together with several analyses of the data for 30 normal French girls can be found in
the volume Data analysis. The ins and outs of solving real problems. (Janssen et al.,
1987).
References

Sempe, M. et al. (1987). Multivariate and longitudinal data on growing children: Presentation of the French
auxiological survey. In J.Janssen et al. Data analysis. The Ins and Outs of solving real problems (pp.
36). New York: Plenum Press.


Analyses of the same data in the same book
 Presentation of the French auxiological survey (pp. 36)
M. Sempé and Groupe d'Auxiologie MédicoSociale
 Introduction to the proposed solutions (pp. 712)
P.M. Kroonenberg
 Solution using STATIS (pp. 1330)
Ch. Lavit and M.O. Pernin
 Solution using SPECTRAMAP (pp. 3148)
P.J. Lewi, G. Calomme and J. van Hoof
 Solution using LONGI (pp. 4966)
J. Pontier and M.O. Pernin
 Solution using clustering method (pp.6788) A. Mineo
 Solutions using threemode principal component analysis and some comparison results with the other
approaches (pp. 89112)
P.M. Kroonenberg
Data description
Rows (1st mode): Girls
30 French girls
Columns (2nd mode): Variables
No.  Abbreviation  Description 
1.  weight  Weight 
2.  length  Length 
3.  crrump  Crownrump length 
4.  head  Head circumference 
5.  chest  Chest circumference 
6.  arm  Arm 
7.  calf  Calf 
8.  pelvis  Pelvis 
Slices (3rd mode): Age
Ages from 4 until 15 inclusive.
Data arrangement
A threeway data array X = (x(i,j,k)) has the following form
i=1
 i=2
  ..
   ..
  ____i=I=30 k=K=12
 ____ k=2
_____ k=1
j=1,.,J=8
The actual data file has the following form:
j=1,.,J=8
i=1
 i=2
 .. k= 1
 ..
_____i=I=30
i=1
 i=2
 .. k= 2
 ..
_____i=I=30
i=1
 i=2
 .. k=12
 ..
_____i=I=30
Thus the first mode (i) is nested in the third mode (k) and
there are 30 (Girls) times 12 (Age) rows and 8 (Variables) columns.
Data handling
Preprocessing
The data are generally preprocessed as standard multiway profile data.
For details see Kroonenberg (2008). Applied multiway data analysis. Hoboken NJ: Wiley (Chapters 6 and 15).
Permissions
These data have kindly been made available for bonafide researchers by Prof. Michel Sempé,
Le Group Français d' Auxologie, Clinique du Val D'Ouest, 69130  Ecully. Please be sure to quote the papers mentioned
above and this website when using these data in a publication.
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Created: 872009
Last Updated: 972009