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That is, the Wang and Tsiatis family can be used to reduce both, the maximum sample size and the average sample size under H1 . Nevertheless, it is not guaranteed that the average sample size is still smallest if some other value in the alternative is true. 6 can be used for planning a trial with minimum ASNH1 if a standardized effect ı can be defined which explicitly refers to the minimum clinically relevant different and the assumed true state of nature. 6 is questionable. It is also possible to use an alternative optimality criterion.

The average sample size under H1 , ASNH1 , given K, ˛, and 1 ˇ, is inversely proportional to ı 2 , too. This easily follows from the representation ASNH1 0 K k 1 # 2 X # 2 @\ D 2 C P fZkQ 2 CkQ ı ı2 kD2 # p 1 Q A : kg kQD1 That is, it suffices to calculate the average sample size for a specific value of ı, for example, ı D 1. For ı 6D 1, ASNH1 is obtained by dividing the average sample size calculated for ı D 1 by ı 2 . 664) design under the assumption that H1 is true. 6) are provided for O’Brien & Fleming’s and Pocock’s design for K D 1; : : : ; 15; 20, ˛ D 0:01; 0:05, and 1 ˇ D 0:80; 0:90.

4 for a number of values , ˛, and K. Values for K > 10 were omitted since from the above discussion it follows that even K > 5 will hardly occur in practice. 4 slightly differ from the constants provided in Table 1 of Wang and Tsiatis (1987). Nevertheless, we feel confident that our figures are correct up to the stated decimal places (Wassmer and Bock 1999). K; ˛; / for the Wang and Tsiatis design D 0:10 D 0:25 D 0:40 D 0:70 K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 ˛ D 0:001 3:2905 4:3447 5:1276 5:7743 6:3341 6:8327 7:2851 7:7012 8:0878 8:4500 3:2905 3:9331 4:3860 4:7420 5:0385 5:2943 5:5204 5:7237 5:9089 6:0792 3:2905 3:6115 3:8146 3:9642 4:0829 4:1813 4:2655 4:3391 4:4045 4:4634 3:2905 3:3203 3:3260 3:3277 3:3282 3:3285 3:3286 3:3286 3:3286 3:3286 ˛ D 0:01 2:5758 3:4136 4:0496 4:5752 5:0304 5:4356 5:8034 6:1415 6:4557 6:7500 2:5758 3:1131 3:4906 3:7873 4:0341 4:2468 4:4344 4:6030 4:7564 4:8975 2:5758 2:8837 3:0709 3:2062 3:3124 3:4000 3:4745 3:5393 3:5968 3:6484 2:5758 2:6364 2:6529 2:6592 2:6622 2:6637 2:6645 2:6650 2:6653 2:6655 ˛ D 0:05 1:9600 2:6314 3:1442 3:5692 3:9371 4:2645 4:5614 4:8344 5:0879 5:3253 1:9600 2:4239 2:7411 2:9887 3:1941 3:3708 3:5265 3:6662 3:7932 3:9099 1:9600 2:2625 2:4395 2:5651 2:6624 2:7420 2:8093 2:8676 2:9191 2:9651 1:9600 2:0590 2:0917 2:1068 2:1149 2:1198 2:1229 2:1250 2:1265 2:1275 ˛ D 0:10 1:6449 2:2425 2:6943 3:0690 3:3936 3:6823 3:9442 4:1848 4:4082 4:6174 1:6449 2:0777 2:3674 2:5915 2:7767 2:9357 3:0756 3:2011 3:3151 3:4198 1:6449 1:9465 2:1197 2:2412 2:3349 2:4110 2:4752 2:5306 2:5794 2:6230 1:6449 1:7676 1:8113 1:8327 1:8449 1:8526 1:8578 1:8615 1:8641 1:8661 38 2 Procedures with Equally Sized Stages Fig.