[R] ss's are incorrect from aov with multiple factors (EXAMPLE!)

John Christie jc at or.psychology.dal.ca
Sat Jul 12 04:33:14 CEST 2003

OK, I do see that there is a problem in my first email.  I have noticed 
this with repeated measures designs.  Otherwise, of course, there is 
only one error term for all factors.  But, with repeated measures 
designs this is not the case.

On Friday, July 11, 2003, at 10:00  PM, Spencer Graves wrote:

> 	  People tend to get the quickest and most helpful responses when 
> they provide a toy problem that produces what they think are anamolous 
> results

here is an admittedly poor example with factors a and b and s subjects.

s<- factor(rep(1:6,each=4))
  x <- c(49.5, 62.8, 46.8, 57, 59.8, 58.5, 55.5, 56, 62.8, 55.8, 69.5, 
55, 62, 48.8, 45.5, 44.2, 52, 51.5, 49.8, 48.8, 57.2, 59, 53.2, 56)



gives a table of results
but, if one wanted to generate a confidence interval for factor b one 
needs to reanalyze the results thusly

ss<-aggregate(x, list(s=s, b=b), mean)
summary(aov(x~b+Error(s/b), data=ss))

This yields an error term half the size as that reported for b in the 
combined ANOVA.  I would suggest that the way the ss and MSE are 
reported is erroneous since they should be able to be used to directly 
calculate confidence intervals or make mean comparisons without having 
to collapse and reanalyze for every effect.

Furthermore, I am guessing that this problem makes it impossible to get 
a correct average MSE that includes the interaction term.  OK, far from 
impossible, but very difficult to verify that the term is correct.

NOTE  F for b is the same in the first ANOVA and the second.

More information about the R-help mailing list