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The GLIMMPSE Software

GLIMMPSE 2.0.0 is an open-source online tool for calculating power and sample size. GLIMMPSE has been
designed so that researchers and scientists with varying levels of statistical training can have access to reliable
power and sample size calculations. For optimum usability, GLIMMPSE provides two different modes. In Guided
Mode users receive step-by-step guided instructions for entering data in order to obtain power and sample size
outputs. In Matrix Mode users receive less guidance and are assumed to possess in-depth statistical training.

Click here to run GLIMMPSE.

By using GLIMMPSE, researchers and scientists can calculate reliable values for power and sample size for designs with normally distributed outcomes.  GLIMMPSE supports a variety of multilevel and longitudinal studies. GLIMMPSE can calculate power and sample size for common statistical tests and models including:

  • One sample t-test
  • Paired t-test
  • Two sample t-test
  • Analysis of variance (ANOVA)
  • Analysis of covariance (ANCOVA)
  • Repeated measures analysis of variance
  • Multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA)
  • Multivariate analysis of covariance (MANCOVA)

Development Team

GLIMMPSE was developed by Dr. Sarah Kreidler at the University of Colorado Denver.  Dr. Sarah Kreidler leads a team of software engineers including Dr. Aarti Munjal and Ms. Uttara Sakhadeo.   Dr. Munjal and  Ms. Sakhadeo have been instrumental in the extension of GLIMMPSE to mobile platforms.

Statistical support and technical writing was provided by Dr. Keith Muller, Dr. Deb Glueck, Dr. Anna Barón, Mr. Zacc Coker-Dukowitz, and Brandy Ringham.


GLIMMPSE extends an existing program called POWERLIB. Bercedis Peterson and Keith Muller wrote POWERLIB for SAS PROC MATRIX (Version 0) in 1983. In 1992, Lynette Keyes and Keith Muller converted POWERLIB to SAS/IML (Version 1). Keyes also created a new manual, based on the PROC MATRIX manual. Douglas Taylor wrote code for creating confidence limits for power values based on random estimates in 2001, which Keith Muller then used to enhance POWERLIB. In 2003, Jacqueline Johnson and Keith Muller created Version 2 of POWERLIB (Johnson et al. 2009). Additionally, James Slaughter greatly improved the _PROBF module, and Matthew Gurka conducted extensive tests. At the same time, the related manual was significantly revised from the previous version.

GLIMMPSE 2.0.0 extends POWERLIB to include the work of Glueck and Muller (2003). Development of GLIMMPSE 1.0.0 was funded by an American Recovery and Re-investment Act supplement (3K07CA088811-06S) for NCI grant K07CA088811. Both the parent grant and supplement were awarded to the University of Colorado Denver, (Deborah Glueck, PI).

Additional funding was provided by NIDCR 1 R01 DE020832-01A1 to the University of Florida (Keith Muller, PI; Deborah Glueck, University of Colorado site PI). The funding from NCI allowed the development of the GLIMMPSE software. The additional funding from NIDCR permitted extensive architecture changes, which will eventually support power for the general linear mixed model as well as beta testing and nal software release activities.
Additional support for Dr. Muller was provided in part by NIHNIDCR grants U54-DE019261, NIHNCRR grant K30-RR022258, NIHNHLBI grant R01-HL091005 and NIHNIAAA grant R01-AA013458-01.