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‘Compositional data analysis’ by Barabesi and Sartorelli: Authors’ response
  1. Riitta Kaarteenaho1,
  2. Eerika Keskitalo2
  1. 1 Research Unit of Internal Medicine & Medical Research Center Oulu, University of Oulu and Oulu University Hospital, Oulu, Finland
  2. 2 Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
  1. Correspondence to Professor Riitta Kaarteenaho, University of Oulu, Oulu 90029, Finland; Riitta.Kaarteenaho{at}

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We thank Dr Barabesi and Dr Sartorelli1 for their interest in our article ‘Bronchoalveolar cell differential count and the number of asbestos bodies correlate with survival in patients with asbestosis’, which was published in 2019 in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.2 They have claimed that the use of Cox regression analysis may lead to …

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  • Contributors Both authors contributed equally.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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