# [R] fligner.test

Stefan Th. Gries stgries at gmail.com
Fri Jun 20 17:20:03 CEST 2008

```Hi all

I have a question regarding the Fligner-Killeen test. I am using

- a PC with Windows XP (Build 20600.xpsp080413-2111 (Service Pack 3);
- the following R version:
> sessionInfo()
R version 2.7.0 (2008-04-22)
i386-pc-mingw32

I have a vector LENGTH and a factor RELATION that are distributed like this:

> table(LENGTH, RELATION)
RELATION
LENGTH object subject
1       9      51
2      25      18
3      36      23
4      23      14
5      17      13
6      12       7
7      10       5
8       3       7
9       4       3
10      3       5
11      4       2
12      2       0
13      0       2
16      2       1
22      0       1
49      1       0
53      1       0

I wanted to run a Fligner test to see whether the lengths for the two
relations differ in terms of their variance. This is what I found,
though:

#########
> fligner.test(LENGTH[RELATION=="subject"], LENGTH[RELATION=="object"])
Fligner-Killeen test of homogeneity of variances
data:  LENGTH[RELATION == "subject"] and LENGTH[RELATION == "object"]
Fligner-Killeen:med chi-squared = 18.3552, df = 14, p-value = 0.1911

> fligner.test(LENGTH[RELATION=="object"], LENGTH[RELATION=="subject"])
Fligner-Killeen test of homogeneity of variances
data:  LENGTH[RELATION == "object"] and LENGTH[RELATION == "subject"]
Fligner-Killeen:med chi-squared = 16.8838, df = 13, p-value = 0.2047

> fligner.test(LENGTH~RELATION)
Fligner-Killeen test of homogeneity of variances
data:  LENGTH by RELATION
Fligner-Killeen:med chi-squared = 0.626, df = 1, p-value = 0.4288
#########

The order of the vectors etc. changes the results??? Needless to say
this does not happen with var.test or ... Is this normal; if so, which
one is the one to report?

Thx,
STG

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