Distribution-free test procedures in two-way layouts : a concept of rank interaction

J. Kroon, de, P. Laan, van der

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    In this paper the concept of 'rank-interaction' is introduced and a distribution-free method for testing against the presence of 'rank-interaction' is suggested in the case of a two-way layout (classification) with m (> I) observations per cell. Roughly speaking rank-interaction can be understood as the phenomenon at which the ranks of the levels of some relevant variable arc different for different classes of the other factor. TIle exaet null distribution of the test statistic has been computed in some cases. The asymptotic distribution under the null hypothesis has been derived. A test suggested by J.V. BRADLEY in his book 'Distribution-free Statistical Tests' (2] is discussed. In the opinion of the authors it is doubtful whether the asymptotic distribution of the test statistic under the nuU hypothesis,asgiven by BRADLEY, is correct. The test of BRADLEY was intended to be sensitive to the presence of interactions defined in the usual way and hence not only to 'rank-interaction'. The same applies to methods proposed by some other authors. We claim that situations exist where one should test against rank-interaction and not against the usual more general alternative.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)189-213
    Number of pages25
    JournalStatistica Neerlandica
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 1981


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