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Statistical composite that measures changes in the economy or in financial markets, often expressed in percentage changes from a base year or from the previous month. Indexes measure the ups and downs of stock, bond, and some commodities markets, in terms of market prices and weighting of companies in the index.
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A statistical measure of the value of a certain portfolio of securities. The portfolio may be for a certain class of security, a certain industry, or may include the most important securities in a given market, among other options. The value of an index increases when the aggregate value of the underlying securities increases, and decreases when the aggregate value decreases. An index may track stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and any other security or investment vehicle, including other indices. An index's value may be weighted; for example, securities with higher prices or greater market capitalization may affect the index's value more than others. One of the most prominent examples of an index is the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which is weighted for price and tracks 30 stocks important in American markets.
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The relative value of a variable in comparison with itself on a different date. Many security price indicators such as the Standard & Poor's series and the New York Stock Exchange series are constructed as indexes. Also called stock index. See also base period.


To adjust a variable by a selected measure of relative value. For example, it has been proposed that an investor's basis on a security be indexed for changes in consumer prices so that only real increases in value will be taxed. Also called tax indexing. See also subindex.
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An index reports changes up or down, usually expressed as points and as a percentage, in a specific financial market, in a number of related markets, or in an economy as a whole.

Each index -- and there are a large number of them -- measures the market or economy it tracks from a specific starting point. That point might be as recent as the previous day or many years in the past.

For those reasons, indexes are often used as performance benchmarks against which to measure the return of investments that resemble those tracked by the index.

A market index may be calculated arithmetically or geometrically. That's one reason two indexes tracking similar markets may report different results. Further, some indexes are weighted and others are not.

Weighting means giving more significance to some elements in the index than to others. For example, a market capitalization weighted index is more influenced by price changes in the stock of its largest companies than by price changes in the stock of its smaller companies.

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(1) A statistical indicator that measures changes in the economy in general or in particular areas.An example is the cost-of-living index.(2) A reference point against which measurements are taken for purposes of making future adjustments.An adjustable-rate mortgage might begin with an interest rate of 6 percent and provide that it will increase or decrease in a like percentage as the increase or decrease between today's quoted price for 10-year U.S.Treasury bonds and the price on the loan's annual anniversary date.We would say that 10-year T-bonds are the index.

Some leading loan indices include

• Wall Street Journal prime
• Federal discount rate
• Fed funds rate
• 11th District Cost of Funds
• 10-year Treasuries
• One-year LIBOR

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An improved evaluation instrument for substance abuse patients: The Addiction Severity Index. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 168, 26-33.
Reliability and validity of addiction severity index in drug users with methadone maintenance treatment in Guizhou province, China.
Compared to those without high risk behaviours, the subjects with high risk behaviours had higher scores on sensation seeking scale and addiction severity index.
"The Fifth Edition of the Addiction Severity Index." Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 9: 199-213.
Composite scores from the Addiction Severity Index: Manual and computer software.
In fact, when applying the RCI to composite scores of the Addiction Severity Index (ASI) (McLellan, Luborsky, Woody, & O'Brien, 1980), some patients show no need for improvement in certain areas (Bodin & Romelsjo, 2007).
In these conversations, and in my experience consulting with providers to develop and enhance the ASI-MV Connect, a computer program for client self-administration of the Addiction Severity Index, I have observed that agencies benefit most from implementing evidence-based approaches when they are incorporated in a workflow that makes sense for both clinicians and clients.
CI, confidence interval; ASI, Addiction Severity Index. Table 4: Means and Standard Deviations of 9-Month Outcomes by Ethnicity Dependent Variable Hispanic White F (n = 128) (n = 371) Treatment retention 123.59 (98.43) 112.80 (100.24) 0.12 Alcohol ASI score 0.04 (0.10) 0.03 (0.09) 2.78 Drug ASI score 0.02 (0.05) 0.03 (0.06) 1.02 Employment ASI score 0.60 (0.32) 0.52 (0.31) 1.11 Family/social ASI score 0.05 (0.11) 0.09 (0.15) 4.88 * Legal ASI score 0.03 (0.10) 0.03 (0.10) 0.53 Medical ASI score 0.11 (0.27) 0.11 (0.25) 0.68 Psychiatric ASI score 0.11 (0.19) 0.10 (0.18) 2.41 Note.
Items were abstracted and incorporated into a self-report format from the drug and alcohol section of the Addiction Severity Index, 5th Edition developed by McLellan, Urshel, and Blair (1997) and the alcohol and other drug measure developed by Nagoshi and colleagues (1994).
There were no significant differences between these respondents and the total sample on demographics, baseline Addiction Severity Index (ASI) (McLellan, Luborsky, Woody, & O'Brien, 1980) composite scores, or number of hospital days.

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