Applied Nonparametric Statistical Methods by Peter Sprent

By Peter Sprent

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2001 CRC Press LLC Formulation and assumptions. We arrange the deviations from 15 in ascending order of magnitude and rank these, associating with each rank the sign of the corresponding deviation. We calculate the lesser of the sum of positive and negative signed ranks and, if available, use appropriate computer software to determine P. Procedure. Subtracting 15 from each sample value gives the deviations –17, –11, –7 , 10, –20, 1, –12, –14, –3, 2, 5, –6. e. 1, 2, –3, 5, –6, –7, 10, –11, –12, –14, –17, –20, whence the signed ranks are 1, 2, –3, 4, –5, –6, 7, –8, –9, –10, –11, –12.

In this chapter the initial data are usually measurements but some of the methods are directly applicable to other kinds of data such as ranks, or various types of counts. 2 we wanted to make inferences about average survival time, but there was the complication that the precise survival time was not known for one patient. The sign test let us use the partial information we had for that patient but the test used only a small part of the total information available; namely, whether or not each observation was above or below 200.

Some statisticians are firm adherents of one or other of these schools, but a widely accepted view is that each has strengths and weaknesses and that one or the other may be preferred in certain contexts. However, for the procedures we describe sensible use of either approach will usually lead to similar conclusions despite the different logical foundations, so for consistency we use the frequentialist approach throughout. 5 ETHICAL ISSUES Ethical considerations are important both in general working practices (Gillon, 1986) and in the planning and conduct of investigations (Hutton, 1995).

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