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Re: st: sign test output

From   Maarten Buis <>
Subject   Re: st: sign test output
Date   Fri, 18 Jan 2013 14:28:05 +0100

On Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at 1:34 PM, Nahla Betelmal wrote:
> This is what initially made me go for the sign test instead of t-test
> as I first thought that if the data is not normally distributed, then
> use non-parametric test, but from previous discussions in statalist ,
> no agreement on that!

I have seen a surprisingly great level of agreement on this list on
this issue: it depends on what you want to do and what your data looks

> So, now I am confused how to interpret the results. Using the sign
> test: there is sufficient evidence that earnings are managed upwardly.
> Using the t-test: earnings are not managed at all!! and this is what I
> meant by irrationality in previous email.

The first step would be to start thinking about whether you want your
results in terms of means or medians. As soon as I see the word
rationality I think expected value, and in that case I would thus tend
to the mean, but it is your theory and your paper so you need to

-- Maarten

Maarten L. Buis
Reichpietschufer 50
10785 Berlin
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