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Basics of ANOVA

  • Why ANOVA

  • Assumptions used in ANOVA

  • Various forms of ANOVA

  • Simple ANOVA tables

  • Interpretation of values in the table

  • Exercises

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If we have two samples then under mild conditions we can use t-test to test if difference between means is significant. When there are more than two sample then using t-test might become unreliable.

ANalysis Of VAriances – ANOVA is designed to test differences between means in many sample cases.

Examples of ANOVA: Suppose that we want test effect of various exercises on weight loss. We want to test 5 different exercises. We recruit 20 men and assign for each exercises four of them. After few weeks we record weight loss. Let us denote i=1,2,3,4,5 as exercise number and j=1,2,3,4 person’s number. Then Yij is weight loss for jth person on the ith exercise programme. It is one-way balanced ANOVA. One way because we have only one category (exercise programme). Balanced because we have exactly same number of men on each exercise programme.

Another example: Now we want to subdivide each exercises into 4 subcategories. For each subcategory of the exercise we recruit four men. We measure weight loss after few weeks. i – exercise category

j – exercise subcategory

k – kth men.

Then Yijkis weight loss for kth men in the jth subcategory of ith category. Number of observations is 5x4x4 = 80. It is two-fold nested ANOVA.

We want to test: a) There is no significant differences between categories; b) there is no significant difference between different subcategories

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Examples of ANOVA

One more example: We have 5 categories of exercises and 4 categories of diets. We hire for each exercise and category 4 persons. There will be 5x4x4=80 men. It is two way crossed ANOVA. Two-way because we have categorised men in two ways: exercises and diets. This model is also balanced: we have exactly same number of men for each exercise-diet.

i – exercise number

j – diet number

k – kth person

Yijk – kth person in the ith exercise and jth diet.

In this case we can have two different type of hypothesis testing. Assume that mean for each exercise-diet combination is ij. If we assume that model is additive, i.e. effect of exercise and diet adds up then we have: ij = i+j. iis the effect of ith exercise and jthe effect if diet. Then we want to test following hypotheses: a) ij does not depend on exercise and b) ij does not depend on diet.

Sometimes we do not want to assume additivity. Then we want to test one more hypothesis: model is additive. If model is not additive then there might be some problems of interpretations with other hypotheses. In this case it might be useful to use transformation to make the model additive.

Models used for ANOVA can be made more and more complicated. We can design three, four ways crossed models or nested models. We can combine nested and crossed models together. Number of possible ANOVA models is very large.

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ANOVA models are special cases of the linear models. We can write the model as:

Where Y is the observation vector,  -is vector of the means composed of the treatement means and  is the error vector. Basic assumptions in ANOVA models are:

  • Expected values of the errors are 0

  • Variance of all errors are equal to each other

  • Errors are independent

  • Errors are normally distributed

    All ANOVA treatments are very sensitive to assumptions 1)-3). F-tests meant to be robust against the assumption 4). If assumptions 1)-3) are valid then 4) will always be valid at least asymptotically. I.e. for large number of the observations

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ANOVA tables

Standard ANOVA tables look like

Where v1,,,vp are values we want to test if they are 0. df is degrees of freedom corresponding to this value. SSh is sum of the squares corresponding to this value (h denotes hypothesis). F is F-value we want to test. Its degrees of freedom is (di,de). Prob is corresponding probability. If probability is very low then we reject hypothesis that this value is 0. If the value for prob is high enough then we do not reject null-hypothesis that this value is 0.

These values are calculated using likelihood ratio test. Let us say we want to test hypothesis:

H0: vi=0 vs H1:vi0

Then we maximise likelihood under null hypothesis find corresponding variance then we maximise the likelihood under alternative hypothesis and find corresponding variance. Then we calculate sum of the squares for null and alternative hypothesis find F-statistics

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LR test for ANOVA

Suppose variances are:

Then mean sum of the squares for the null and alternative hypotheses as:

Since first sum of squares is 2 with degrees of freedom dfh and the second sum of squares is 2 with degrees of freedom dfe and they are independent then their ratio has F-distribution with degrees of freedom (dfh,dfe). Degrees of freedom of hypothesis is found using number of elements in the category-1 in the simplest case.

Using this type of ANOVA tables we can only tell if there is significant differences between means. It does not tell which one is significantly different.

This ratio has F distribution if null-hypothesis is true. Otherwise it has non-central F-distribution.

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Example: Two way ANOVA

Let us consider an example taken from Box, Hunter and Hunter. Experiment was done on animals. Survival times of the animals for various poisons and treatment was tested. Table is:




I 0.31 0.82 0.43 0.45

0.45 1.10 0.45 0.71

0.46 0.88 0.63 0.66

0.43 0.72 0.76 0.62

II 0.36 0.92 0.44 0.56

0.29 0.61 0.35 1.02

0.40 0.49 0.31 0.71

0.23 1.24 0.40 0.38

III 0.22 0.30 0.23 0.30

0.21 0.37 0.25 0.36

0.18 0.38 0.24 0.31

0.23 0.29 0.22 0.33

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ANOVA table

ANOVA table produced by R:

Df Sum Sq Mean Sq F value Pr(>F)

pois 2 1.03828 0.51914 22.5135 4.551e-07 ***

treat 3 0.92569 0.30856 13.3814 5.057e-06 ***

pois:treat 6 0.25580 0.04263 1.8489 0.1170

Residuals 36 0.83013 0.02306

Most important values are F and Pr(>F). In SPSS Pr is replaced by sig.

In this table we have tests for pois. and treat. Moreover we have “interaction” between these two categories. Interaction means that it would be difficult to separate effects of these two categories. They should be considered simultaneously. Pr. for interaction is not very small and it is not large enough to discard interaction effects. In these situations transformation of the variables might help. Let us consider ANOVA table for the transformed observations. Let us use transformation 1/y. Now ANOVA table looks like:

Df Sum Sq Mean Sq F value Pr(>F)

pois 2 34.903 17.452 72.2347 2.501e-13 ***

treat 3 20.449 6.816 28.2131 1.457e-09 ***

pois:treat 6 1.579 0.263 1.0892 0.3874

Residuals 36 8.697 0.242

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ANOVA table

According to this table Pr. corresponding to the interaction term is high. It means that interaction for the transformed variables is not significant. We could reject interaction terms. We can build the ANOVA table without the interactions. It will look like:

Df Sum Sq Mean Sq F value Pr(>F)

pois 2 34.903 17.452 71.326 3.124e-14 ***

treat 3 20.449 6.816 27.858 4.456e-10 ***

Residuals 42 10.276 0.245

Now we can say that there is significant differences between poisons and treatments.

Sometimes it is wise to use transformation to reduce effect of interactions. For this several different transformations (inverse, inverse square, log) could be used. For each of them ANOVA tables could be built. Then by inspection you can decide which transformation gives better results. Following argument could be used to justify transformation. If effects of two different categories is multiplicative then log of them will have additive effect. It is easier to interpret additive effects than others.

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Use of SPSS

Let us use SPSS for one data set taken from Box, Hunter and Hunter.

That is result from randomised block design on penicillum manufacture



blend of corn

steep liquour

1 89 88 97 94

2 84 77 92 79

3 81 87 87 85

4 87 92 89 84

5 79 81 80 88

Book on SPSS: Brace, N., Kemp, R. & Snelgar, R. (2003) SPSS for Psychologists. A Guide to Data Analysis using SPSS for Windows. Second edition.

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Exercise 3.

a) Data on effect of various dietary supplements on chick weights. It is one way ANOVA. Use SPSS or other packages and analyse these data. Take the data from the web page:

What do you think about the differences.

b) Another exercise will be ready by the Wednesday, 5th of November.

Solutions and small reports should be ready by 17th of November.

All questions after 13th of November.

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