Comparison of noncentral and central distributions
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z and noncentral distributions (χ2,t, and F)
Let Zi,i=0,1,2,... denote a series of independent random variables of standard normal distribution.
will be a random variable of χ2 distribution with df degrees of freedom. For any given series of constants μi,i=1,2,...,df,
will be a random variable of the respective noncentral χ2 distribution with the same df and the distinct noncetral parameter
It is different from the random variable of the respective central χ2 distribution with a central drift.
For any given constant μ0,
is a random variable of noncentral t-distribution with noncentrality parameter
- ncp = μ0,
which is different from , the central t-distributed random variable drifted with the same mean.
If df on this display is set to (Inf in R) and noncentral parameter set to 0, a standard normal distribution will be plotted and critical z score calculated.
The noncentral parameter of F is only defined on its numerator. The noncentral F distributed
with noncentral parameter
is different from the central F distributed random variable plus the respective constant .
Confidence interval of standardized effect size by noncentral parameters
Confidence interval of unstandardized effect size like difference of means (μ1 − μ2) can be found in common statistics textbooks and software, while confidence intervals of standardized effect size, especially Cohen's and , rely on the calculation of confidence intervals of noncentral parameters (ncp).
A common method to find confident interval limits of ncp is to solve the critical ncp value for marginal extreme quantile. The ncp parameter of the black curve in the above diagram could be directly adopted. For example, can be 97.5% one-way confidence interval of ncp if observed tdf = 4 = 5.1, while change quantile from .025 to .975, we shall find that the two-way interval (1.139, 8.968) can be of 95% confidence level.
T test for mean difference of single group or two related groups
In case of single group, M (μ) denotes the sample (population) mean of single group , and SD (σ) denotes the sample (population) standard deviation. N is the sample size of the group. T test is used for the hypothesis on the difference between mean and a baseline μbaseline. Usually, μbaseline is zero, while not necessary. In case of two related groups, the single group is constructed by difference in each pair of samples, while SD (σ) denotes the sample (population) standard deviation of differences rather than within original two groups.
- and Cohen's is the point estimate of .
T test for mean difference between two independent groups
n1 or n2 is sample size within the respective group.
- , wherein .
- and Cohen's is the point estimate of .
One-way ANOVA test for mean difference across multiple independent groups
One-way ANOVA test applies noncentral F distribution. While with a given population standard deviation σ, the same test question applies noncentral chi-square distribution.
For each j-th sample within i-th group Xi,j, denote .
So, both ncp(s) of F and χ2 equate
In case of for K independent groups of same size, the total sample size is .
T-test of pair of independent groups is a special case of one-way ANOVA. Note that noncentral parameter ncpF of F is not comparable to the noncentral parameter ncpt of the corresponding t. Actually, , and in the case.
RMSEA of Structural Equation Model
ncp of χ2 reported by Structural Equation Model softwares is proportional to the population value of RMSEA2, or the squared distance per df from population var-cov matrix to the model space.
Power vs. Standardized Effect Size or ncp
Power of t test for a given Cohen's δ
Example of one-group mean test
Two-related-group mean test
For two-related-group case, the difference scores between each pair of samples can apply one-group mean test interface. Usually μnull is set to zero.
Power of F test for a given Cohen's
Let's use denote the population of Cohen's f2, specially
in one-way ANOVA of K groups setup with within-group sample size n and within-group population mean respectively. The noncentral parameter of the corresponding F or χ2 distribution is .
Power of SEM close-fit test for a given RMSEA
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