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their positions between their start date and the date of administration of the
survey. The years in presidency were grouped into three different variables:
a. A continuous dependent variable was created using the basic number of
years in the president's current position calculated from their start date to
the date of the survey. Years were rounded to whole numbers and those
with less than one year were recorded as having zero years in their
positions. When compared with the categorical independent variable of
selection process, t-tests or ANOVAs were used for analysis as needed
and a generalized linear model was used for the relationship between
selection processes for current presidents and logevitiy which was the
only relationship that proved significant.
b. A categorical dependent variable was created by grouping the number of
years in the current presidential position calculated from the continuous
variable into periods of time with the first group representing less than one
year and each subsequent group representing 10 years. Using this
variable, a Chi Square was planned to be used, if judged necessary.
c. A second categorical dependent variable was created by grouping the
number of years in the current presidential position calculated from the
continuous variable into periods of time with the first group representing
less than one year of service and each subsequent group representing 10
years of service.
3. A subgroup was created for those responding "President" to Question 12 which
requested "Title you held in your immediately past position." For those in that
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