Dataset for: Simulation and data-generation for random-effects network meta-analysis of binary outcome

The performance of statistical methods is frequently evaluated by means of simulation studies. In case of network meta-analysis of binary data, however, available data- generating models are restricted to either inclusion of two-armed trials or the fixed-effect model. Based on data-generation in the pairwise case, we propose a framework for the simulation of random-effect network meta-analyses including multi-arm trials with binary outcome. The only of the common data-generating models which is directly applicable to a random-effects network setting uses strongly restrictive assumptions. To overcome these limitations, we modify this approach and derive a related simulation procedure using odds ratios as effect measure. The performance of this procedure is evaluated with synthetic data and in an empirical example.