tests whether the variance of data is 1.


tests whether the variances of data1, data2, are equal.


tests a dispersion measure against .


returns the value of "property".

Details and Options

  • BrownForsytheTest tests the null hypothesis against the alternative hypothesis :
  • data
    {data1,data2,}not all equal
  • where σi2 is the population variance for datai.
  • By default, a probability value or -value is returned.
  • A small -value suggests that it is unlikely that is true.
  • The data in dspec must be univariate {x1,x2,}.
  • The argument can be any positive real number. The default value of is 1 if not specified, and ignored if the number of groups in dspec is more than 2.
  • The BrownForsytheTest assumes that the data is normally distributed.
  • The BrownForsytheTest is less sensitive to the assumption of normality than the LeveneTest.
  • BrownForsytheTest[data,,"HypothesisTestData"] returns a HypothesisTestData object htd that can be used to extract additional test results and properties using the form htd["property"].
  • BrownForsytheTest[data,,"property"] can be used to directly give the value of "property".
  • Properties related to the reporting of test results include:
  • "DegreesOfFreedom"the degrees of freedom used in a test
    "PValue"list of -values
    "PValueTable"formatted table of -values
    "ShortTestConclusion"a short description of the conclusion of a test
    "TestConclusion"a description of the conclusion of a test
    "TestData"list of pairs of test statistics and -values
    "TestDataTable"formatted table of -values and test statistics
    "TestStatistic"list of test statistics
    "TestStatisticTable"formatted table of test statistics
  • When one sample of size is given, the BrownForsytheTest is equivalent to the FisherRatioTest.
  • For the -sample case, the BrownForsytheTest is a modification of the LeveneTest that replaces the Mean in Abs[dataij-Mean[dataij]] with a function fn. The function fn is generally chosen to be Median, but TrimmedMean[#,1/10]& is used if the data is heavy tailed.
  • The following options can be used:
  • AlternativeHypothesis"Unequal"the inequality for the alternative hypothesis
    SignificanceLevel0.05cutoff for diagnostics and reporting
    VerifyTestAssumptionsAutomaticset which diagnostic tests to run
  • For the BrownForsytheTest, a cutoff is chosen such that is rejected only if . The value of used for the "TestConclusion" and "ShortTestConclusion" properties is controlled by the SignificanceLevel option. This value is also used in diagnostic tests of assumptions, including tests for normality and symmetry. By default, is set to 0.05.
  • Named settings for VerifyTestAssumptions in BrownForsytheTest include:
  • "Normality"verify that all data is normally distributed


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Basic Examples  (2)

Test variances from two populations for equality:

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Create a HypothesisTestData object for further property extraction:

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Properties of the test:

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Test the ratio of the variances of two populations against a particular value:

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Perform the test with alternative hypothesis :

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Scope  (10)

Options  (8)

Applications  (1)

Properties & Relations  (8)

Possible Issues  (3)

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See Also

HypothesisTestData  LocationTest  LocationEquivalenceTest  VarianceTest  VarianceEquivalenceTest  DistributionFitTest  ConoverTest  FisherRatioTest  LeveneTest  SiegelTukeyTest

Introduced in 2010
| Updated in 2017