NAG Library Routine Document
G08ALF
1 Purpose
G08ALF performs the Cochran $Q$test on crossclassified binary data.
2 Specification
INTEGER 
N, K, LDX, IFAIL 
REAL (KIND=nag_wp) 
X(LDX,K), Q, PROB 

3 Description
Cochran's $Q$test may be used to test for differences between $k$ treatments applied independently to $n$ individuals or blocks ($k$ related samples of equal size $n$), where the observed response can take only one of two possible values; for example a treatment may result in a ‘success’ or ‘failure’. The data is recorded as either $1$ or $0$ to represent this dichotomization.
The use of this ‘randomized block design’ allows the effect of differences between the blocks to be separated from the differences between the treatments. The test assumes that the blocks were randomly selected from all possible blocks and that the result may be one of two possible outcomes common to all treatments within blocks.
The null and alternative hypotheses to be tested may be stated as follows.
${H}_{0}$ : 
the treatments are equally effective, that is the probability of obtaining a $1$ within a block is the same for each treatment. 
${H}_{1}$ : 
there is a difference between the treatments, that is the probability of obtaining a $1$ is not the same for different treatments within blocks. 
The data is often represented in the form of a table with the
$n$ rows representing the blocks and the
$k$ columns the treatments. Let
${R}_{\mathit{i}}$ represent the row totals, for
$\mathit{i}=1,2,\dots ,n$, and
${C}_{\mathit{j}}$ represent the column totals, for
$\mathit{j}=1,2,\dots ,k$. Let
${x}_{ij}$ represent the response or result where
${x}_{ij}=0\text{ or}1$.

Treatments 

Blocks 
1 
2 

$k$ 
Row Totals 
1 
${x}_{11}$ 
${x}_{12}$ 
$\cdots $ 
${x}_{1k}$ 
${R}_{1}$ 
2 
${x}_{21}$ 
${x}_{22}$ 
$\cdots $ 
${x}_{2k}$ 
${R}_{2}$ 
$\vdots $ 


$\vdots $ 

$\vdots $ 
$n$ 
${x}_{n1}$ 
${x}_{n2}$ 
$\cdots $ 
${x}_{nk}$ 
${R}_{n}$ 
Column Totals 
${C}_{1}$ 
${C}_{2}$ 

${C}_{k}$ 
$N=\text{Grand Total}$ 
If
${p}_{ij}=\mathrm{Pr}\left({x}_{ij}=1\right)$, for
$i=1,2,\dots ,n$ and
$j=1,2,\dots ,k$, then the hypotheses may be restated as follows
${H}_{0}$ : 
${p}_{i1}={p}_{i2}=\dots ={p}_{ik}$, for each $i=1,2,\dots ,n$. 
${H}_{1}$: 
${p}_{ij}\ne {p}_{ik}$, for some $j$ and $k$, and for some $i$. 
The test statistic is defined as
When the number of blocks,
$n$, is large relative to the number of treatments,
$k$,
$Q$ has an approximate
${\chi}^{2}$distribution with
$k1$ degrees of freedom. This is used to find the probability,
$p$, of obtaining a statistic greater than or equal to the computed value of
$Q$. Thus
$p$ is the upper tail probability associated with the computed value of
$Q$, where the
${\chi}^{2}$distribution is used to approximate the true distribution of
$Q$.
4 References
Conover W J (1980) Practical Nonparametric Statistics Wiley
Siegel S (1956) Nonparametric Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences McGraw–Hill
5 Parameters
 1: N – INTEGERInput
On entry: $n$, the number of blocks.
Constraint:
${\mathbf{N}}\ge 2$.
 2: K – INTEGERInput
On entry: $k$, the number of treatments.
Constraint:
${\mathbf{K}}\ge 2$.
 3: X(LDX,K) – REAL (KIND=nag_wp) arrayInput
On entry: the matrix of observed zeroone data.
${\mathbf{X}}\left(\mathit{i},\mathit{j}\right)$ must contain the value ${x}_{\mathit{i}\mathit{j}}$, for $\mathit{i}=1,2,\dots ,n$ and $\mathit{j}=1,2,\dots ,k$.
Constraint:
${\mathbf{X}}\left(\mathit{i},\mathit{j}\right)=0.0$ or $1.0$, for $\mathit{i}=1,2,\dots ,n$ and $\mathit{j}=1,2,\dots ,k$.
 4: LDX – INTEGERInput
On entry: the first dimension of the array
X as declared in the (sub)program from which G08ALF is called.
Constraint:
${\mathbf{LDX}}\ge {\mathbf{N}}$.
 5: Q – REAL (KIND=nag_wp)Output
On exit: the value of the Cochran $Q$test statistic.
 6: PROB – REAL (KIND=nag_wp)Output
On exit: the upper tail probability,
$p$, associated with the Cochran
$Q$test statistic, that is the probability of obtaining a value greater than or equal to the observed value (the output value of
Q).
 7: IFAIL – INTEGERInput/Output

On entry:
IFAIL must be set to
$0$,
$1\text{ or}1$. If you are unfamiliar with this parameter you should refer to
Section 3.3 in the Essential Introduction for details.
For environments where it might be inappropriate to halt program execution when an error is detected, the value
$1\text{ or}1$ is recommended. If the output of error messages is undesirable, then the value
$1$ is recommended. Otherwise, if you are not familiar with this parameter, the recommended value is
$0$.
When the value $\mathbf{1}\text{ or}\mathbf{1}$ is used it is essential to test the value of IFAIL on exit.
On exit:
${\mathbf{IFAIL}}={\mathbf{0}}$ unless the routine detects an error or a warning has been flagged (see
Section 6).
6 Error Indicators and Warnings
If on entry
${\mathbf{IFAIL}}={\mathbf{0}}$ or
${{\mathbf{1}}}$, explanatory error messages are output on the current error message unit (as defined by
X04AAF).
Errors or warnings detected by the routine:
 ${\mathbf{IFAIL}}=1$
On entry,  ${\mathbf{N}}<2$, 
or  ${\mathbf{K}}<2$, 
or  ${\mathbf{LDX}}<{\mathbf{N}}$. 
 ${\mathbf{IFAIL}}=2$
On entry,  ${\mathbf{X}}\left(i,j\right)\ne 0.0$ or $1.0$ for some $i$ and $j$, $i=1,2,\dots ,n$ and $j=1,2,\dots ,k$. 
 ${\mathbf{IFAIL}}=3$
The approximation process used to calculate the tail probability has failed to converge. The result returned in
PROB may still be a reasonable approximation.
7 Accuracy
The use of the ${\chi}^{2}$distribution as an approximation to the true distribution of the Cochran $Q$test statistic improves as $k$ increases and as $n$ increases relative to $k$. This approximation should be a reasonable one when the total number of observations left, after omitting those rows containing all $0$ or $1$, is greater than about $25$ and the number of rows left is larger than $5$.
None.
9 Example
The following example is taken from page 201 of
Conover (1980). The data represents the success of three basketball enthusiasts in predicting the outcome of
$12$ collegiate basketball games, selected at random, using
$1$ for successful prediction of the outcome and
$0$ for unsuccessful prediction. This data is read in and the Cochran
$Q$test statistic and its corresponding upper tail probability are computed and printed.
9.1 Program Text
Program Text (g08alfe.f90)
9.2 Program Data
Program Data (g08alfe.d)
9.3 Program Results
Program Results (g08alfe.r)