Hi Guys,

I wanted to run a TWO-way ANOVA but unfortunately, my variables are non-parametric. I have tried transforming the data but that did not work. I was wondering what the next step was? I was thinking of conducting two separate tests, a Friedman's test as a non-parametric alternative to examine within-group effects and a Kruskal-Wallis test to examine between-group effects. I imagine this increases my chances of error but i cannot think/find another solution. Any help would be extremely appreciated. Thank you in advance,



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I wanted to run a TWO-way ANOVA but unfortunately, my variables are non-parametric.
Please notice, there are no nonparametric variables. There are non-parametric statistical tests, though.

Probably you refer to the distribution of your dependent variable. What exactely do you
consider as the problem in this regard? Seemingly, you wanted to perform a mixed ANOVA?

Maybe you should decribe your study in your detail first (study design, variables measured, sample sizes).

With kind regards

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Hi Karabiner,

Thank you for your response. Good point about my choice of wording, thank you for picking me up on that, a bad habit I need to get out of! I will explain my study in detail below.

I am measuring numerous physiological variables such as strength, muscle size, and functional ability etc. over 3 periods of time. There are two training groups being compared, a once-weekly group vs. a twice-weekly group. The sample sizes are 10 and 8 in each group, respectively.

So in summary, the DV's are the physiological variables and there are 2 IV's (time and training group).

My data are non-parametric and I would like to know how to best analyse these data.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.


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The concept of non-parametric data doesn't exist, as far as I know.
Non-parametric tests are those which make no assumptions about
underlying distributions of the data.

You maybe want to express that you have reason to assume that your
data in each separete group at each tome point are sampled from
non-normally distributed populations?
I would like to know how to best analyse these data.
This depends to a large part on your precise research question(s).

With kind regards

My data are non-normally distributed to better describe the situation.

I would like to know whether there is an effect over time (within analysis), so I was presuming I would use a Friedman test.

I would also like to know whether there were any differences between the training groups at any given time point (between analysis), so I was presuming I would conduct a Krusk-Wallis test.

Would dyou advise on this or are you aware of any other methods that may be more suitable?

Thanks in advance!
In each group, at each time point? If the residuals can roughly
be considered as ampled from a normal distribution, this could
justify a mixed ANOVA. ANOVAs are generally robust against

Unfortunately yes, that tends to be the case that the variables are more non-normally distributed than normally distributed for both groups and time.