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CHAPTER 14

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Nonparametric Methods

- 1.Distinguish between:
- a.parametric and nonparametric methods
- b.rank-sum tests and signed-rank tests
- c.Pearson and Spearman correlation coefficients

- 2.List the advantages and disadvantages of nonparametric methods
- 3.Give the equation for the sum of the first n integers
- 4.List the assumptions necessary to perform hypothesis tests by
nonparametric methods

- 5.Be able to apply the sign test to paired data
- 6.Know when and how to use Fisher’s exact test

- A.Parametric methods – statistical techniques enabling us to determine if there is a significant difference between to sample means with underlying assumptions of normality, homogeneity of variances, and linearity
- B.Nonparametric methods
- 1.developed for conditions in which assumptions necessary for using parametric methods cannot be made
- 2.sometimes called distribution-free method because it is not necessary to assume that the observations are normally distributed
- 3.appropriate for dealing with data that are measured on a nominal or ordinal scale and whose distribution is unknown

A.Nonparametric advantages

- 1.They do not have restrictive assumptions such as normality of the observations. In practice, data are often nonormal or the sample size is not large enough to gain the benefit of the central limit theorem. At most, the distribution should be somewhat symmetrical.
- 2.Computations can be performed speedily and easily – a prime advantage when quick preliminary indication of results is needed
- 3.They are well suited to experiments of surveys that yield outcomes that are difficult to quantify. In such cases, the parametric methods, although statistically more powerful, may yield less reliable results than the nonparametric methods, which tend to be less sensitive to the errors inherent in ordinal measures

- B.Nonparametric disadvantages
- 1.They are less efficient (i.e. they require a larger sample size to reject a false hypothesis) than comparable parametric tests.
- 2.Hypotheses tested with nonparametric methods are less specific than those tested comparably with parametric methods
- 3.They do not take advantage of all the special characteristics of a distribution. Consequently, these methods do not fully utilize the information known about the distribution

- C.Should be viewed as complementary statistical methods rather than attractive alternatives. An inherent characteristic is that they deal with ranks rather than values of observations.

Parametric TestNonparametric Test

One SampleOne Sample t-test One sample sign test

Two independentTwo-sample independentWilcoxson rank-sum test Samples testMann-Whitney U test

Two dependentTwo-paired t-testWilcoxson signed-rank test SamplesSign test

CorrelationPearson rSpearman (rho) rank-order correlation

Multiple GroupsOne-way ANOVAKruskal-Wallis one-way One Factor ANOVA

- A.Both are mathematically equivalent procedures
- B.Both are used to test the null hypothesis that there is no difference in the two population distributions
- C.Based on ranks from two independent samples, they correspond to the t test for two independent samples, except that no assumptions are necessary regarding normality ore equality or variances
- D.They are excellent alternatives to the t test if your data are significantly skewed

- E.Procedure
- 1.Combine the observations from both samples and arrange them in an array from the smallest to the largest
- 2.Assign ranks to each of the observations
- 3.List the ranks from one sample separately from those of the other
- 4.Separately sum the ranks for the first and second samples

- F.Given the hypothesis that the average of the ranks is approximately equal for both samples, the test statistic
(the sum of the ranks of the first sample) should not differ

significantly from (the expected sum of the ranks).

- Expected sum of ranks
- Standard error, , for s obtained from repeated samples of lists is

- Mothers Bearing Low-Birth-Weight Babies
- No.XR(Rank
- 35.5*
- 01.5*
- 47.5*
- 01.5*
- 13
- 24
- 35.5*

- Mothers Bearing Normal-Birth-Weight Babies
- No.XR(Rank)
- 47.5*
- 59
- 610
- 1115
- 711
- 812
- 1014
- 913

W2 = 91.5

R2 = 11.4

W1 = 28.5

R1 = 4.1

- G.Regardless of the shape of the population distribution, the sampling distribution for the sum of a subset of ranks is approximately normal.
- Test of significance regarding the equality of the distribution
- H.Obtaining the expected rank to compute the Z score

- I.Determining significant difference between observed sum and expected value

- A.Counterpart to the paired t test for matched observations, we assume that we have a series of pairs of dependent observations
- B.We wish tot test the hypothesis that the median of the first sample equals the median of the second – that is, that there is no tendency for the differences between the outcomes before and after some condition to favor either the before or the after condition
- C.Procedure is to obtain the differences between individual pairs of observations. Pairs yielding a difference of zero are eliminated from the computation; the sample size is reduced accordingly

- A.Performing the test
- 1.rank the absolute differences by assigning ranks of 1 for the smallest to n for the largest
- 2.ties are eliminated from the analysis
- 3.signs of original differences are restored to each rank
- 4.sum of positive ranks, , are obtained and serve as the test statistic
- 5.if the null hypothesis is true, we would expect the sum of positive ranks to equal that of the negative ranks

Number of Cigarettes Smoked per Day

SubjectXb: BeforeXa: afterd = xa – xbd rd

185-333(-)

21315+222(+)

32411-13139(-)

41519+444(+)

570-777(-)

61112+111(+)

72015-555(-)

8220-222210(-)

960-666(-)

10156-998(-)

1120200--

n(n + 1)

10(11)

55

=

=

rd =

rd(+) = W1 = 7

2

2

rd

55

rd(-) = W2 = 48

=

=

27.5

We =

2

2

- E.Sum of all ranks is n(n + 1)/2
- F.Under the null hypothesis, we assume that the sum of ranks of the positive d’s is equal to the sum of the ranks of the negative d’s; that is, each will be half of the total sum of ranks

- G.Z test for the difference between sums of matched ranks
- H.The test has a power efficiency of 92% as compared with paired t tests, which satisfies the assumption of normality
- I.Assumption of normality requires at least eight pairs. For smaller sample size, an exact test is required

- A.A nonparametric equivalent of the one-way ANOVA used for making comparisons of more than two groups
- B.The groups are independent
- C.The populations from which the samples are selected are not normally distributed or the samples do not have equal variances
- D.Can also be used when ordered outcomes exist – ordinal data rather than interval or ratio data necessary to use an ANOVA

- E.Procedure
- 1.combine the observations of the various groups
- 2.arrange them in order of magnitude from lowest to highest
- 3.assign ranks to each of the observations and replace them in each of the groups
- 4.original ratio data has therefore been converted into ordinal or ranked data
- 5.ranks are summed in each group and the test statistic, H is computed
- 6.ranks assigned to observations in each of the k groups are added separately to give k rank sums

- F.Test statistic equation
- In this equation
the number of groups

=the number of observations in the jth group

N =the number of observations in all the groups combined

=the sum of the ranks in the jth group

ABC

427

9813

31014

11112

56--

R1=22 R2=37 R3=46

- G.Calculation for statistic H:

A B C

96 68 115

128 124 149

83 132 166

61 135 147

101 109 --

- A.When two scores are tied, each score is given the mean of ranks for which it is tied.
- B.Because H is somewhat influenced by ties, you may wish to correct for ties in computing H
where T is the number of tied observations in a tied group of scores

- C.The result of correcting for ties is to increase the value of H and thus make the results more significant than it would be if H remained uncorrected

- A.One of the simplest of statistical test, it focuses on the median rather than the mean as a measure of central tendency
- B.Only assumption made in performing the test is that the variables come from a continuous distribution
- C.It is called the sign test because we use pluses and minuses as the new data in performing the calculations
- D.We illustrate its use with a single sample and a paired sample
- E.It is useful when we are not able to use the t test because the assumption of normality has been violated

- A.We wish to test the that the sample mean is equal to the population median m
- B.We assign + to observations that fall above the population median and – to those that fall below
- C.A tie is given a 0 and is not counted
- D.If the is true – the medians are the same – we expect an equal number: 50% pluses and 50% minuses
- E.We can use the binomial distribution to determine if the number of positive signs deviates significantly from some expected number
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- A.The sign test is also suitable for experiments with paired data such as before and after, or treatment and control
- B.Only one assumption must be satisfied – the different pairs must be independent; that is, only the direction of change in each pair is recorded as a plus or minus sign
- C.An equal number of pluses and minuses if there is no treatment effect
- D.The tested by the paired samples sign test is that the median of the observations listed first is the same as that of the observations listed second in each pair
Page 268 Example 2>>>>>>>>

n Binomial Coefficient Denominator of p

n Binomial Coefficient Denominator of p

- Matched Pairs (Before and After)
- Does not require that the underlying population be normally distributed.
- Based on Median Difference of zero.
- A binomial distribution.

- nLeft SpRight S
- 0.000020
- 1.000019
- 2.000218
- 3.001317
- 4.005916
- 5.020715
- 6.057714
- 7.131613
- 8.251712
- 9.411911
- 10.588110

- A.We obtain perfect correlation if the ranks for variables x and y are equal for each individual
- B.Conversely, lack of association is measured by examining the differences in the ordered ranks,
- C.The Spearman rank-order correlation coefficient, rs, can be derived from the Pearson correlation coefficient, r
- D.Like the Pearson correlation coefficient, the Spearman rank-order correlation coefficient may take on values of –1 to +1
- E.Values close to + or –1 indicate high correlation
- F.Values close to zero indicate a lack of association
- G.+ and – signs indicate whether the correlation coefficient is positive or negative

- H.Ties in rank are handled by averaging the ranks
- I.Test statistic
with n – 2 df

- J.Use it whenever you are unable to meet the assumptions for Pearson r
- K.It is preferable to the Spearman rs because the power of the latter is not as great as that of r
- L.The Spearman rs is most appropriate when you have either ordinal data or data that are sufficiently skewed that the Pearson r assumptions are not met

No. of Cigs

Smoked/day

Severity

of Illness

Difference

In Ranks

24

rrho = 1 – [(df D2) / n(n2 – 1)]

rrho = 1 – [6 (24)] / [8(64 – 1)]

= .71

t = rho n - 2 / 1-rho2

t = .71 6 / 1-.712

= 1.74 / .7

= 2.49

- A.For use with a small sample size
- B.Computes directly the probability of observing a particular set of frequencies in a 2 x 2 table
where a, b, c, and d are the frequencies of a 2 X 2 table and N is the sample size

- C.There has been some controversy as to whether it is appropriate to use Fisher’s exact test in the health sciences because the model required that the marginal totals in the 2 x 2 table be fixed – and they seldom are in actual health science settings
- D.Some statisticians use this test anyway because the test results tend to give conservative values of P; that is, the true P value is actually less than the computed one

These are nonparametric methods that correspond to parametric methods such as the t test, paired t test, and correlation coefficient. The primary advantage of these methods is that they do not involve restrictive assumptions such as normality and homogeneity of variance. Their major disadvantage is that they are less efficient than the corresponding parametric methods of five methods described here – the Wilcoxin signed-rank test, Kruskal-Wallis test, the Mann-Whitney U test, the sign test, the Spearman rank-order correlation coefficient, and Fisher’s exact test. These are the nonparametric methods used most frequently in the health sciences.