NonparametricStats - Questions: How do you know if your...

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Parametric vs. Non-parametric statistical  tests Parametric Non-parametric 2-sample t-test Mann-Whitney test Paired t-test Wilcoxon Signed-ranks or Sign test One-way ANOVA Kruskal-Wallis test (2 or  3 independent  variables) Repeated-measures  ANOVA Friedman test Pearson’s Correlation Spearman Rank  Correlation Parametric tests assume data are normally distributed (bell curve);  have similar variance among groups are measured on continuous scale with equal  intervals;  and 
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Parametric vs. Non-parametric statistical  tests are randomly and independently taken from  source population. Use parametric tests when possible; they are  more powerful than nonparametric tests. Use nonparametric tests when: Data are skewed and cannot be transformed. Sample size is too small. Data are ranked.
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Unformatted text preview: Questions: How do you know if your data are skewed? Parametric vs. Non-parametric statistical tests o Make a frequency distribution (histogram) of data. o If skewed: Try transforming data 1) Right-skewed data (common in biology): square root(x), log(x) or ln(x), negative reciprocal (-1/x) Note: Dont log-transform data with zeroes; first add a number to all values. 2) Left-skewed data: power functions (x 2 , x 3 , x 4 ,x n ) 3) Proportion data (values between 0 and 1): arcsine(square root(x)) Parametric vs. Non-parametric statistical tests How small is too small a sample size? o Refer to power analysis for individual tests What are ranked data? o Data on ordinal scale o Ratings...
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This note was uploaded on 03/09/2010 for the course BIOL 406 taught by Professor Brandivanroo during the Spring '10 term at Framingham State College.

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