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(What is the Box-Cox Power Transformation?)
- a procedure to identify an appropriate exponent (Lambda = l) to use to transform data into a “normal shape.”
- The Lambda value indicates the power to which all data should be raised.
- Many statistical tests and intervals are based on the assumption of normality.
- The assumption of normality often leads to tests that are simple, mathematically tractable, and powerful compared to tests that do not make the normality assumption.
- Unfortunately, many real data sets are in fact not approximately normal.
- However, an appropriate transformation of a data set can often yield a data set that does follow approximately a normal distribution.
- This increases the applicability and usefulness of statistical techniques based on the normality assumption.
IMPORTANT:!! After a transformation (c), we need to measure the normality of the resulting transformation (d) .
- The correlation is computed between the vertical and horizontal axis variables of the probability plot and is a convenient measure of the linearity of the probability plot
- In other words: the more linear the probability plot, the better a normal distribution fits the data!
- This is because it actually does not really check for normality;
- the method checks for the smallest standard deviation.
- The assumption is that among all transformations with Lambda values between -5 and +5, transformed data has the highest likelihood – but not a guarantee – to be normally distributed when standard deviation is the smallest.
- it is absolutely necessary to always check the transformed data for normality using a probability plot. (d)
+ Additionally, the Box-Cox Power transformation only works if all the data is positive and greater than 0.
+ achieved easily by adding a constant ‘c’ to all data such that it all becomes positive before it is transformed. The transformation equation is then:
Finally: An awesome tutorial (dead), here is a new one in python with code examples, there is also another code example here “Simply pass a 1-D array into the function and it will return the Box-Cox transformed array and the optimal value for lambda. You can also specify a number, alpha, which calculates the confidence interval for that value. (For example, alpha = 0.05 gives the 95% confidence interval).”
In other words: This test can be used to determine whether two independent samples were selected from populations having the same distribution.
- 2.Analytics vidhya
- 3.Anova analysis of variance, one way, two way, manova
- 1.if the means of two or more groups are significantly different from each other. ANOVA checks the impact of one or more factors by comparing the means of different samples.
- 2.A one-way ANOVA tells us that at least two groups are different from each other. But it won’t tell us which groups are different.
- 3.For such cases, when the outcome or dependent variable (in our case the test scores) is affected by two independent variables/factors we use a slightly modified technique called two-way ANOVA.
- 3.multivariate case and the technique we will use to solve it is known as MANOVA.