# Locating Variance: Post-Hoc Tests

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Locating Variance: Post-Hoc Tests
Developing Study Skills and Research Methods (HL20107) Dr James Betts

Lecture Outline: Influence of multiple comparisons on P
Tukey’s HSD test Bonferroni Corrections Ryan-Holm-Bonferroni Adjustments.

Why not multiple t-tests?
i.e. Placebo vs Lucozade Placebo vs Gatorade Placebo vs Powerade Lucozade vs Gatorade Lucozade vs Powerade Gatorade vs Powerade We accept ‘significance’ and reject the null hypothesis at P0.05 (i.e. a 5% chance that we are wrong) Performing multiple tests therefore means that our overall chance of committing a type I error is >5%.

Post-hoc Tests A popular solution is the Tukey HSD (Honestly Significant Difference) test This uses the omnibus error term from the ANOVA to determine which means are significantly different T = (q) Error Variance n

q table for Tukey’s HSD

Tukey Test Critique As you learnt last week, the omnibus error term is not reflective of all contrasts if sphericity is violated Placebo Lucozade So Tukey tests commit many type I errors with even a slight degree of asphericity. Gatorade Powerade

Solution for Aspherical Data
There are alternatives to the Tukey HSD test which use specific error terms for each contrast Fisher’s LSD (Least Significant Difference) Sidak Bonferroni Many others… e.g. Newman-Kewls, Scheffe, Duncan, Dunnett, Gabriel, R-E-G-W, etc.

Trial 2 Trial 1 Trial 4 Fisher’s LSD Bonferroni Trial 3

Bonferroni Correction Critique
Correction of LSD values successfully controls for type I errors following a 1-way ANOVA However, factorial designs often involve a larger number of contrasts, many of which may not be relevant. Recovery Supp. 1 Recovery Supp. 2 See also Perneger (1998) BMJ 316: 1236

Solution for Factorial Designs
An adjustment to the standard Bonferroni correction can be applied for factorial designs This ‘Ryan-Holm-Bonferroni’ or ‘stepwise’ method involves returning to the P values of interest from our LSD test These P values are placed in numerical order and the most significant is Bonferroni corrected (i.e. P x m) However, all subsequent P values are multplied by m minus the number of contrasts already corrected.

Summary Post-Hoc Tests
A Tukey test may be appropriate when sphericity can be assumed Multiple t-tests with a Bonferroni correction are more appropriate for aspherical data Stepwise correction of standard Bonferroni procedures maintain power with factorial designs Best option is to keep your study simple: Pre-planned contrast at a specific time point Summary statistics (e.g. rate of change, area under curve) Just make an informed based on the data available.