The Cochran-Mantel-Haenszel Chi-square Test

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Description

This function performs the Cochran-Mantel-Haenszel (CMH) procedure. The CMH procedure tests homogeneity of population proportions after taking into account other factors. This procedure is widely used in various law cases, in particular, on equal employment and discrimination, as well in biological and phamaceutical studies.

Usage

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Arguments

x

a numeric 2 x 2 x k array of data values.

Details

The test is based on the CMH procedure discussed by Gastwirth, 1984. The data should be input in a array of 2 rows x 2 columns x k levels. The output includes the Mantel-Haenszel Estimate, the pooled Odd Ratio, and the Odd Ratio between the rows and columns at each level. The Chi-square Test of Significance tests if there is an interaction or association between rows and columns.

The null hypothesis is that the pooled Odd Ratio is equal to 1, i.e., there is no interaction between rows and columns. For more details see Gastwirth (1984).

Notice that cmh.test can be viewed as a subset of mantelhaen.test, in the sense that cmh.test is for a 2 by 2 by k table without continuity correction whereas mantelhaen.test allows for a larger table, and for a 2 by 2 by k table, it has an option of performing continuity correction or not. However, in view of Gastwirth (1984), continuity correction is not recommended as it tends to overestimate the p-value.

Value

A list with class htest containing the following components:

MH.ESTIMATE

the value of the Cochran-Mantel-Haenszel Estimate.

OR

Pooled Odd Ratio of the data.

ORK

vector of Odd Ratio of each level

cmh

the test statistic.

df

degrees of freedom.

p.value

the p-value of the test.

method

type of test was performed.

data.name

a character string giving the name of the data.

Author(s)

Min Qin, Wallace W. Hui, Yulia R. Gel, Joseph L. Gastwirth

References

Gastwirth, J. L.(1984) Statistical Methods for Analyzing Claims of Employment Discrimination, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Vol. 38, No. 1. (October 1984), pp. 75-86.

See Also

mantelhaen.test

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## Sample Salary Data

data(blackhire)
cmh.test(blackhire)


## Sample Output
##
##        Mantel-Haenszel Chi-square Test
##
## data:  blackhire 
## Mantel-Haenszel Estimate = 0.477, Chi-squared = 145.840, df = 1.000, p-value = 0.000,
## Pooled Odd Ratio = 0.639, Odd Ratio of level 1 = 1.329, Odd Ratio of level 2 = 0.378, Odd
## Ratio of level 3 = 0.508, Odd Ratio of level 4 = 0.357, Odd Ratio of level 5 = 0.209, Odd
## Ratio of level 6 = 0.412, Odd Ratio of level 7 = 0.250, Odd Ratio of level 8 = 0.820
## 
## Note: P-value is significant and we should reject the null hypothesis.

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