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Re: st: Using ksmirnov

From   Maarten Buis <>
Subject   Re: st: Using ksmirnov
Date   Wed, 5 Sep 2012 17:14:21 +0200

On Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 4:41 PM, Morrison Hodges wrote:
> I'm trying to use ksmirnov to compare 2 distributions to determine if there are any differences in the distribution of the variables.
> I have a .dta file with 179 patients. Each patient is classified as being in one of 7 groups from 1 to 7, i.e., group==1, group==2, etc. I want to compare the same variable between 2 groups. All variables are already sorted, from lowest to highest.

For such a small sample size like that I would use Nick Cox's
-stripplot- (see: -ssc desc stripplot-). The power of tests like
-ksmirnov- is usually pretty bad, so in small sample sizes you are not
going to find anything that is not glaringly obvious if you just
looked at the data. On the other hand you will in all likelihood miss
lots of real an interesting patterns if you focus on such low power
tests. So, there is no added value to be got from these tests and a
real chance of a loss.

-- Maarten

Maarten L. Buis
Reichpietschufer 50
10785 Berlin
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