# Standard deviation 0

#### giannis_gr

##### New Member
Hello all

I have conducted multi variant experiments where certain groups rate (using a Likert-based questionnaire) a specific feature of the system exactly the same (std dev = 0). When I try to compute these ratings in SPSS ANOVA returns statistically significant results for the particular aspects of the system. I am full aware that ANOVA is not reliable in this case, neither is a t-test (unequal variances). Using non-parametric tests does not help either. Also, it has nothing to do with the quality of the data as the problem has appeared in some of my most high quality datasets. I have spend hours searching online to find a way to analyse this data but without any luck so far. How do you actually analyse this data? Is there a method or a test in SPSS that will give me reliable results? Any help will be appreciated

#### ondansetron

##### TS Contributor
So you are saying you have some variable you wish to analyze for a specific question, but every single recorded value is the same? Was this by design or were participants able to choose something different (what was the range of choices?)?

Without variability the best you could do would be to report that all participants rated this variable as _____.

#### giannis_gr

##### New Member
Its a 7 point Likert scale. It was not by design but a random event (the participants of the specific group rated the question with the exact same values). What do you mean report the variable as _____?

#### ondansetron

##### TS Contributor
how many people were in the group?

I just meant you could cay all participants rated Item A as 5/7.

#### giannis_gr

##### New Member
4 in the first group and 4 in the second. There is variability in the first group but the second rated the item exactly the same (6/7)

#### giannis_gr

##### New Member
To be more specific the mean for one group is 6 with StDev = 0 while for the second mean = 4 Stdev = 0.82.