# [R] V-value in the wilcox.test resp. wilcox.exact

Peter Dalgaard BSA p.dalgaard at biostat.ku.dk
Tue Oct 15 14:13:26 CEST 2002

```Jan Malte Wiener <jan.wiener at tuebingen.mpg.de> writes:

> the way i understand the wilcox.test (or wilcox.exact) the V-value
> represents the summed up ranks of either the positive or negative
> differences, whichever sum is BIGGER.
>
> to actually look up the p-value in a table (and to quote it in a
> publication) i need the T value, which to my understanding is the
> summed up ranks of either the positive or negative differences,
> whichever sum is SMALLER.
>
> so i guess my question is: how do i get the T-value

At least for wilcox.test, V is the sum of the *positive* ranks. The
sum of the negative ranks can be obtained by switching the sign on x
and mu.

In the absence of ties and exact zeros, the two rank sums add up to
sum(1:N) == N*(N+1)/2

If ties are present, standard tables are wrong anyway...

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