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Table 5 Prediction of height from arm span, half arm span, and knee height in Ethiopian adults in Jimma University, March 2016

From: Developing an equation for estimating body height from linear body measurements of Ethiopian adults

Variables B (95% CI)a SE p value
Equation predicting height from arm spanb
 Arm span 0.63 (0.60, 0.68) 0.02 < 0.001
 Sex − 4.33 (− 5.04, − 3.61) 0.36 < 0.001
 Constant 59.30 (52.22, 66.39) 3.61 < 0.001
Equation to predict height from half arm spanc
 Half arm span 1.05 (0.96, 1.13) 0.04 < 0.001
 Sex − 6.12 (− 6.88, − 5.33) 0.40 < 0.001
 Constant 79.93(72.41, 87.44) 3.83 < 0.001
Equation to predict height from Knee heightd
 Knee height 1.63 (1.51, 1.75) 0.06 < 0.001
 Sex − 5.84 (− 6.58, 5.10) 0.38 < 0.001
 Constant 86.79 (80.41, 93.17) 3.25 < 0.001
  1. aB: beta coefficients from linear regression models
  2. bR2 = 0.87; adjusted R2 = 87; standard error of the estimate (SEE) = 2.96 cm
  3. cR2 = 0.83; adjusted R2 = 83; standard error of the estimate (SEE) = 3.41 cm
  4. dR2 = 0.84; adjusted R2 = 0.84; standard error of the estimate (SEE) = 3.26 cm