[R] Problem applying McNemar's - Different values in SPSS and R

Johannes Huesing johannes at huesing.name
Wed Dec 29 15:58:49 CET 2010

Marc Schwartz <marc_schwartz at me.com> [Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 03:28:56PM CET]:
> On Dec 29, 2010, at 6:48 AM, Manoj Aravind wrote:
> > Thank you Marc :)
> > It Certainly helped me to get the exact value of P. 
> > How to understand when to apply mcnemar.exact or just mcnemar.test?

> Generally speaking, exact tests are used for "small-ish" sample
  sizes. Frequently when n <100 and in many cases, much lower (eg. <50
  or <30). The methods tend to become computationally impractical on
  "larger" data sets.

Sorry for chiming in again here, but binomial tests are computationally

> system.time(binom.test(48000, 100000))
       User      System verstrichen 
      0.072       0.000       0.077 

You are certainly correct on Fisher's Exact Test with larger tables
or Wilcoxon's Signed Rank test.

> One exception to the above comment, is the use of Fisher's Exact Test (FET), which is typically advocated by folks as an alternative to a chi-square test when **expected** cell counts are <5. However, much has been written in recent times relative to just how conservative the FET is. One resource is:
>   http://www.iancampbell.co.uk/twobytwo/twobytwo.htm

That's only because people shy away from the randomized version :-)

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