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Assumptions of the ANOVA. The error terms are randomly, independently, and normally distributed, with a mean of zero and a common variance. There should be no systematic patterns among the residuals The distribution of residuals should be symmetric (not skewed)

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Assumptions of the anova
Assumptions of the ANOVA

  • The error terms are randomly, independently, and normally distributed, with a mean of zero and a common variance.

    • There should be no systematic patterns among the residuals

    • The distribution of residuals should be symmetric (not skewed)

    • there should be no relationship between the size of the error variance and the mean for different treatments or blocks

    • The error variances for different treatment levels or different blocks should be homogeneous (of similar magnitude)

  • The main effects are additive

    • the magnitude of differences among treatments in one block should be similar in all other blocks

    • i.e., there is no interaction between treatments and blocks

If the anova assumptions are violated
If the ANOVA assumptions are violated:

  • Affects sensitivity of the F test

  • Significance level of mean comparisons may be much different than they appear to be

  • Can lead to invalid conclusions


  • Use descriptive statistics to test assumptions before you analyze the data

    • Means, medians and quartiles for each group (histograms, box plots)

    • Tests for normality, additivity

    • Compare variances for each group

  • Examine residuals after fitting the model in your analysis

    • Descriptive statistics of residuals

    • Normal plot of residuals

    • Plots of residuals in order of observation

    • Relationship between residuals and predicted values (fitted values)

Sas box plots
SAS Box Plots

  • Look For

  • Outliers

  • Skewness

  • Common Variance


Outlier (>1.5*IQR)

  • Caution

  • Not many observations per group



Quartile (25%)



  • Linear additive model for each experimental design

Yij=  + i + ij CRD

Yij =  + i + j+ ijRBD

  • Implies that a treatment effect is the same for all blocks and that the block effect is the same for all treatments

When the assumption would not be correct

Water Table

When the assumption would not be correct...

  • When there is an interaction between blocks and treatments - the model is no longer additive

    • may be multiplicative; for example, when one treatment always exceeds another by a certain percentage

Two nitrogen treatments applied to 3 blocks

1 2 3

Differences between treatments might be greater in block 3

Testing additivity tukey s test
Testing Additivity --- Tukey’s test

  • Test is applicable to any two-way classification such as RBD classified by blocks and treatments

  • Compute a table with raw data, treatment means, treatment effects ( ), block meansand block effects ( )

  • Compute SS for nonadditivity =

    (Q2*N)/(SST*SSB) with 1 df

  • The error term is partitioned into nonadditivity and residual and can be tested with F

N = t*r

Test can also be done with SAS


  • Residuals are the error terms – what is left over after accounting for all of the effects in the model

Yij=  + i + ij CRD

Yij=  + i + ij CRD

Yij =  + i + j+ ijRBD


  • Independence implies that the error (residual) for one observation is unrelated to the error for another

    • Adjacent plots are more similar than randomly scattered plots

    • So the best insurance is randomization

    • In some cases it may be better to throw out a randomization that could lead to biased estimates of treatment effects

    • Observations in a time series may be correlated (and randomization may not be possible)


  • Look at stem leaf plots, boxplots of residuals

  • Normal probability plots

  • Minor deviations from normality are not generally a problem for the ANOVA

Homogeneity of variances


Treatment 1 2 3 4 5 Total Mean s2

A 3 1 5 4 2 15 3 2.5

B 6 8 7 4 5 30 6 2.5

C 12 6 9 3 15 45 9 22.5

D 20 14 11 17 8 70 14 22.5

Homogeneity of Variances

  • Logic would tell us that differences required for significance would be greater for the two highly variable treatments

Assumptions of the anova

If we analyzed together:

Source df SS MS F

Treatments 3 330 110 8.8**

Error 16 200 12.5


Analysis for A and B

Source df SS MS F

Treatments 1 22.5 22.5 9*

Error 8 20.0 2.5

Conclusions would be different if we analyzed the two groups separately:

Source df SS MS F

Treatments 1 62.5 62.5 2.78

Error 8 180 22.5

Analysis for C and D

Relationships of means and variances

What the ANOVA assumes

Relationships of Means and Variances

  • Most common cause of heterogeneity of variance

Test the effect of a new vitamin on the weights of animals.

What you see

Examining the error terms
Examining the error terms

  • Take each observation and remove the general mean, the treatment effects and the block effects; what is left will be the error term for that observation

    The model =

    Block effect =

    Treatment effect =

    so ...

    then ...

    Finally ...

Looking at the error components
Looking at the error components

Trt. I II III IV Mean

A 47 52 62 51 53

B 50 54 67 57 57

C 57 53 69 57 59

D 54 65 74 59 63

Mean 52 56 68 56 58

Trt. I II III IV Mean

A 0 1 -1 0 0

B -1 -1 0 2 0

C 4 -4 0 0 0

D -3 4 1 -2 0

Mean 0 0 0 0 0

e11 = 47 – 52 – 53 + 58 = 0

Looking at the error components1
Looking at the error components

Trt. I II III IV Mean

A .18 .30 .28 .44 0.3

B .32 .4 .42 .46 0.4

C 2.0 3.0 1.8 2.8 2.4

D 2.5 3.3 2.5 3.3 2.9

E 108 140 135 165 137

F 127 153 148 176 151

Mean 40 50 48 58 49


A 8.88 -1.00 0.98 -8.86

B 8.92 -1.00 1.02 -8.94

C 8.60 -0.40 0.40 -8.60

D 8.60 -0.60 0.60 -8.60

E -20.00 2.00 -1.00 19.00

F -15.00 1.00 2.00 16.00

e11 = 0.18 – 40 - 0.3 + 49 = 8.88

Residual plots
Residual Plots

  • A valuable tool for examining the validity of assumptions for ANOVA – should see a random scattering of points on the plot

  • For simple models, there may be a limited number of groups on the Predicted axis

  • Look for random dispersion of residuals above and below zero

Residual plots outlier detection
Residual Plots – Outlier Detection

  • Recheck data input and correct obvious errors

  • If an outlier is suspected, could look at studentized residuals (ij)

Residuals (eij)

For a CRD

  • Treat as a missing plot if too extreme (e.g. ij> 3 or 4)


Predicted Values

Visual scores
Visual Scores

  • Values are discrete

    • Do not follow a normal distribution

    • Range of possible values is limited

  • Alternatives?

Residual Plot of Stand Ratings

Predicted Values

Are the errors randomly distributed
Are the errors randomly distributed?

  • Residuals are not randomly distributed around zero

    • they follow a pattern

  • Model may not be adequate

    • e.g., fitting a straight regression line when response is curvilinear

Are variances homogeneous
Are variances homogeneous?

  • In this example the variance of the errors increases with the mean (note fan shape)

  • Cannot assume a common variance for all treatments

Homogeneity quick test f max test

Where t = number of independent variances (mean squares) that you are comparing

v = degrees of freedom associated with each mean square

Homogeneity Quick Test (F Max Test)

  • By examining the ratio of the largest variance to the smallest and comparing with a probability table of ratios, you can get a quick test.

  • The null hypothesis is that variances are equal, so if your computed ratio is greater than the table value (Kuehl, Table VIII), you reject the null hypothesis.

An example
An Example

An RBD experiment with four blocks to determine the effect of salinity on the application of N and P on sorghum

5437.99/9.03 = 602.21

Table value (t=7, v=r-1=3) = 72.9


Reject null hypothesis and conclude that variances are NOT homogeneous (equal)

Other hov tests are more sensitive
Other HOV tests are more sensitive

  • If the quick test indicates that variances are not equal (homogeneous), no need to test further

  • But if quick test indicates that variances ARE homogeneous, you may want to go further with a Levene (Med) test or Bartlett’s test which are more sensitive.

  • This is especially true for values of t and v that are relatively small.

  • F max, Levene (Med), and Bartlett’s tests can be adapted to evaluate homogeneity of error variances from different sites in multilocational trials.

Homogeneity of variances tests
Homogeneity of Variances - Tests

  • Johnson (1981) compared 56 tests for homogeneity of variance and found the Levene (Med) test to be one of the best.

    • Based on deviations of observations from the median for each treatment group. Test statistic is compared to a critical F,t-1,N-t value.

    • This is now the default homogeneity of variance test in SAS (HOVTEST).

  • Bartlett’s test is also common

    • Based on a chi-square test with t-1 df

    • If calculated value is greater than tabular value, then variances are heterogeneous

What to do if assumptions are violated
What to do if assumptions are violated?

  • Divide your experiment into subsets of blocks or treatments that meet the assumptions and conduct separate analyses

  • Transform the data and repeat the analysis

    • residuals follow another distribution (e.g., binomial, Poisson)

    • there is a specific relationship between means and variances

    • residuals of transformed data must meet the ANOVA assumptions

  • Use a nonparametric test

    • no assumptions are made about the distribution of the residuals

    • most are based on ranks – some information is lost

    • generally less powerful than parametric tests

  • Use a Generalized Linear Model (PROC GLIMMIX in SAS)

    • make the model fit the data, rather than changing the data to fit the model

Relationships between means and variances
Relationships between means and variances...

  • Can usually tell just by looking. Do the variances increase as the means increase?

  • If so, construct a table of ratios of variance to means and standard deviation to means

  • Determine which is more nearly proportional - the ratio that remains more constant will be the one more nearly proportional

  • This information is necessary to know which transformation to use – the idea is to convert a known probability distribution to a normal distribution

Comparing ratios which transformation
Comparing Ratios - Which Transformation?

Trt Mean Var SDev Var/M SDev/M

M-C 0.3 0.01147 0.107 0.04 0.36

M-V 0.4 0.00347 0.059 0.01 0.15

C-C 2.4 0.3467 0.589 0.14 0.24

C-V 2.9 0.2133 0.462 0.07 0.16

S-C 137.0 546.0 23.367 3.98 0.17

S-V 151.0 425.3 20.624 2.82 0.14

SDev roughly proportional to the means

The log transformation
The Log Transformation

  • When the standard deviations (not the variances) of samples are roughly proportional to the means, the log transformation is most effective

  • Common for counts that vary across a wide range of values

    • numbers of insects

    • number of diseased plants/plot

  • Also applicable if there is evidence of multiplicative rather than additive main effects

    • e.g., an insecticide reduces numbers of insects by 50%

    • e.g., early growth of seedlings may be proportional to current size of plants

General remarks
General remarks...

  • Data with negative values cannot be transformed with logs

  • Zeros present a special problem

  • If negative values or zeros are present, add 1 to all data points before transforming

  • You can multiply all data points by a constant without violating any rules

  • Do this if any of the data points are less than 1 (to avoid negative logs)


  • After transformation, rerun the ANOVA on the transformed data

  • Recheck the transformed data against the assumptions for the ANOVA

    • Look at residual plots, normal plots

    • Carry out Levene’s test or Bartlett’s for homogeneity of variance

    • Apply Tukey’s test for additivity

  • Beware that a transformation that corrects one violation in assumptions may introduce another

Square root transformation
Square Root Transformation

  • One of a family of power transformations

  • The variance tends to be proportional to the mean

    • e.g., if leaf length is normally distributed, then leaf area may require a square root transformation

  • Use when you have counts of rare events in time or space

    • number of insects caught in a trap

  • May follow a Poisson distribution (for discrete variables)

  • If there are counts under 10, it is best to use square root of Y + 0.5

  • Will be easier to declare significant differences in mean separation

  • When reporting, “detransform” the means – present summary mean tables on original scale

Arcsin or angular transformation
Arcsin or Angular Transformation

  • Counts expressed as percentages or proportions of the total sample may require transformation

  • Follow a binomial distribution - variances tend to be small at both ends of the range of values ( close to 0 and 100%)

  • Not all percentage data are binomial in nature

    • e.g., grain protein is a continuous, quantitative variable that would tend to follow a normal distribution

  • If appropriate, it usually helps in mean separation

Arcsin or angular transformation1
Arcsin or Angular Transformation

  • Data should be transformed if the range of percentages is greater than 40

  • May not be necessary for percentages in the range of 30-70%

  • If percentages are in the range of 0-30% or 70-100%, a square root transformation may be better

  • Do not include treatments that are fixed at 0% or at 100%

  • Percentages are converted to an angle expressed in degrees or in radians

    • express Yij as a decimal fraction – gives results in radians

    • 1 radian = 57.296 degrees

Reasons for transformation
Reasons for Transformation

  • We don’t use transformation just to give us results more to our liking

  • We transform data so that the analysis will be valid and the conclusions correct

  • Remember ....

    • all tests of significance and mean separation should be carried out on the transformed data

    • calculate means of the transformed data before “detransforming”