[R] Kruskal-Wallace power calculations.

Collin Lynch cflynch at ncsu.edu
Fri Apr 3 04:19:17 CEST 2015

Thank you Jim, I did see those (though not my typo :) and am still
pondering the warning about post-hoc analyses.

The situation that I am in is that I have a set of individuals who
have been assigned a course grade.  We have then clustered these
individuals into about 50 communities using standard community
detection algorithms with the goal of determining whether community
membership affects one of their grades.  We are using the KW test as
the grade data is strongly non-normal and my coauthors preferred KW as
an alternative.

The two issues that I am struggling with are: 1) whether the post-hoc
power analysis would be useful; and 2) how to code the simulation
studies that are described in:

Problem #1 is of course beyond the scope of this e-mail list though I
would welcome anyone's suggestions on that point.  I am not sure that
I buy the arguments against it offered here:


It seems that the rationale boils down to "you didn't find it so you
couldn't find it" but that does not tell me how far off I was from the
goal.  I am still perusing the articles the author cites however.

With respect to question #2 I am trying to lay my hands on the article
and did find this old r-help discussion:
however I am not sure how to adapt the simulation studies that it
links to to my current problem.  The links it leads to focus on
mixed-effects models.  This may be more of a pure stats question and
not suited for this list but I thought I'd ask in the hopes that
anyone had any more specific KW code or knew of a good tutorial for
the right kinds of simulation studies.

    Thank you,

On Thu, Apr 2, 2015 at 6:35 PM, Jim Lemon <drjimlemon at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Collin,
> Have a look at this:
> http://stats.stackexchange.com/questions/70643/power-analysis-for-kruskal-wallis-or-mann-whitney-u-test-using-r
> Although, thinking about it, this might have constituted your "perusal of
> the literature".
> Plus it always looks better when you spell the names properly
> Jim
> On Fri, Apr 3, 2015 at 2:23 AM, Jeff Newmiller <jdnewmil at dcn.davis.ca.us>
> wrote:
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>> On April 2, 2015 7:25:20 AM PDT, Collin Lynch <cflynch at ncsu.edu> wrote:
>> >Greetings, I am working on a project where we are applying the
>> >Kruskal-Wallace test to some factor data to evaluate their correlation
>> >with
>> >existing grade data.  I know that the grade data is nonnormal therefore
>> >we
>> >cannot rely on ANOVA or a similar parametric test.  What I would like
>> >to
>> >find is a mechanism for making power calculations for the KW test given
>> >the
>> >nonparametric assumptions.  My perusal of the literature has suggested
>> >that
>> >a simulation would be the best method.
>> >
>> >Can anyone point me to good examples of such simulations for KW in R?
>> >And
>> >does anyone have a favourite package for generating simulated data or
>> >conducting such tests?
>> >
>> >    Thank you,
>> >    Collin.
>> >
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