The routine may be called by the names g01emf or nagf_stat_prob_studentized_range.
The externally Studentized range, , for a sample, , is defined as:
where is an independent estimate of the standard error of the 's. The most common use of this statistic is in the testing of means from a balanced design. In this case for a set of group means, , the Studentized range statistic is defined to be the difference between the largest and smallest means, and , divided by the square root of the mean-square experimental error, , over the number of observations in each group, , i.e.,
The Studentized range statistic can be used as part of a multiple comparisons procedure such as the Newman–Keuls procedure or Duncan's multiple range test (see Montgomery (1984) and Winer (1970)).
For a Studentized range statistic the probability integral, , for degrees of freedom and groups can be written as:
The above two-dimensional integral is evaluated using
with the upper and lower limits computed to give stated accuracy (see Section 7).
If the degrees of freedom are greater than the probability integral can be approximated by its asymptotic form:
Lund R E and Lund J R (1983) Algorithm AS 190: probabilities and upper quartiles for the studentized range Appl. Statist.32(2) 204–210
Montgomery D C (1984) Design and Analysis of Experiments Wiley
Winer B J (1970) Statistical Principles in Experimental Design McGraw–Hill
1: – Real (Kind=nag_wp)Input
On entry: , the Studentized range statistic.
2: – Real (Kind=nag_wp)Input
On entry: , the number of degrees of freedom for the experimental error.
3: – IntegerInput
On entry: , the number of groups.
4: – IntegerInput/Output
On entry: ifail must be set to , or to set behaviour on detection of an error; these values have no effect when no error is detected.
A value of causes the printing of an error message and program execution will be halted; otherwise program execution continues. A value of means that an error message is printed while a value of means that it is not.
If halting is not appropriate, the value or is recommended. If message printing is undesirable, then the value is recommended. Otherwise, the value is recommended since useful values can be provided in some output arguments even when on exit. When the value or is used it is essential to test the value of ifail on exit.
On exit: unless the routine detects an error or a warning has been flagged (see Section 6).
If on exit , then g01emf returns to .
6Error Indicators and Warnings
If on entry or , explanatory error messages are output on the current error message unit (as defined by x04aaf).
Errors or warnings detected by the routine:
Note: in some cases g01emf may return useful information.
On entry, .
On entry, .
On entry, .
There is some doubt as to whether full accuracy has been achieved. The returned value should be a reasonable estimate of the true value.
An unexpected error has been triggered by this routine. Please
See Section 7 in the Introduction to the NAG Library FL Interface for further information.
Your licence key may have expired or may not have been installed correctly.
See Section 8 in the Introduction to the NAG Library FL Interface for further information.
Dynamic memory allocation failed.
See Section 9 in the Introduction to the NAG Library FL Interface for further information.
The returned value will have absolute accuracy to at least four decimal places (usually five), unless . When it is usual that the returned value will be a good estimate of the true value.
8Parallelism and Performance
Background information to multithreading can be found in the Multithreading documentation.
g01emf is threaded by NAG for parallel execution in multithreaded implementations of the NAG Library.
Please consult the X06 Chapter Introduction for information on how to control and interrogate the OpenMP environment used within this routine. Please also consult the Users' Note for your implementation for any additional implementation-specific information.
The lower tail probabilities for the distribution of the Studentized range statistic are computed and printed for a range of values of , and .