nonpartest: Nonparametric Comparison of Multivariate Samples

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View source: R/nonpartest.R


Performs analysis of one-way multivariate data using nonparametric techniques developed since 2008. Allows for small samples and ordinal variables, or even mixture of the different variable types ordinal, quantitative, binary. Using F-approximations for ANOVA Type, Wilks' Lambda Type, Lawley Hotelling Type, and Bartlett Nanda Pillai Type test statics, as well as a permutation test for each, the package compares the multivariate distributions of the different samples. Also computes nonparametric relative effects.





an object of class "formula", with a single explanatory variable and multiple response variables (or one that can be coerced to that class).


an object of class "data.frame", containing the variables in the formula.


logical. If TRUE the p-values for the permutation test are returned


number of replications in permutation test


logical. If TRUE box plots are produced for each response variable versus treatment


vector of zeros and ones which specifies which test statistics are to be calculated. A 1 corresponds to the test statistics which are to be returned


logical. If TRUE the relative effects are returned


Graphical parameters to be passed to the boxplot function.


The nonparametric methods implemented in the code have been developed for complete data with no missing values. The code automatically produces a warning if there is missing data.


Returns a list of 2 data frames if relative effects are turned on, otherwise returns a single data frame. First data frame consist of p-values for test statistics and permutation test (if permutation test is turned on), second data frame consist of relative effects for each response variable.


The nonparametric methods implemented in the code have been developed for complete data with no missing values. The code automatically produces a warning if there is missing data.

Under certain conditions, the matrices H and G are singular (See literature for explanation of H and G), for example when the number of response variables exceeds the sample size. When this happens, only the ANOVA type statistic can be computed. The code automatically produces a warning if H or G are singular.


We define (for simplicity, only the formula for the balanced case is given here, the unbalanced case is given in the literature): \[H=(1/(a-1))*sum_i=1^a n (Rbar_i .-Rbar_..)(Rbar_i.-Rbar_..)' \] \[G=(1/(N-1))*sum_i=1^a sum_j=1^n(R_ij-Rbar_i.)(R_ij-Rbar_i.)'\]

The ANOVA Type statistic is given by: \[T_A= (tr(H)/tr(G))\] The distribution of T_A is approximated by an F distribution with fhat_1 and fhat_2 where: \[fhat_1=(tr(G)^2/tr(G^2)) and fhat_2= (a^2)/((a-1)sum^a_i=1(1)/(n_i-1))* fhat_1

The Lawley Hotelling Type statistic is given by: \[U=tr[(a-1)H((N-a)G)^-1]\] Using the McKeon approximation the distribution of U is approximated by a "stretched" F distribution with degrees freedom K and D where: \[K=p(a-1) and D=4 + (K+2)/(B-1)\] and \[B = ((N-p-2)(N-a-1))/((N-a-p)(N-a-p-n))\]

The Bartlett Nanda Pillai Type statistic is given by: \[V= tr{(a-1)H[(a-1)H+(N-a)G]^-1}\] McKeon approximated the distribution of ((V/gamma)/nu_1)/((1-V/gamma)/nu_2) using an F distribution with degrees freedom nu_1 and nu_2 where: \[ gamma=min(a-1,p)\] \[ nu_1=(p(a-1))/(gamma(N-1))*[(gamma(N-a+gamma-p)(N-1))/((N-a)(N-p))-2]\] \[ nu_2=(N-a+gamma-p)/(N)*[(gamma(N-a+ gamma-p)(N-1))/((N-a)(N-p))-2]\]

The Wilks' Lambda Type Statistic is given by \[ lambda=det(((N-a)*G )/( (N-a)*G+(a-1)*H ) \] The F approximation statistic is given by \[F_lambda=[(1-lambda^1/t)/(lambda^1/t)](df_2/df_1)\] where \[df_1 = p(a - 1) and df_2 = r t - (p(a - 1) - 2)/2\] and \[r=(N-a)-(p-(a-1)+1)/2.\] If \[p(a-1)=2 then t=1, else t=sqrt (p^2(a-1)^2-4)/(p^2+(a-1)^2-5) \] Note that regarding the above formula, there is a typo in the article Liu, Bathke, Harrar (2011).


Woodrow Burchett, Amanda Ellis, Arne Bathke


Arne C. Bathke , Solomon W. Harrar, and Laurence V. Madden. "How to compare small multivariate samples using nonparametric tests," Computational Statistics and Data Analysis 52 (2008) 4951-4965

Brunner E, Domhof S, Langer F (2002), Nonparametric Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Factorial Experiments. Wiley, New York.

Chunxu Liu, Arne C. Bathke, Solomon W. Harrar. "A nonparametric version of Wilks' lambda-Asymptotic results and small sample approximations" Statistics and Probability Letters 81 (2011) 1502-1506

Horst, L.E., Locke, J., Krause, C.R., McMahaon, R.W., Madden, L.V., Hoitink, H.A.J., 2005. Suppression of Botrytis blight of Begonia by Trichoderma hamatum 382 in peat and compost-amended potting mixes. Plant Disease 89, 1195-1200.



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