The concept of ANOVA can be confusing in several aspects. To start with, its name is an acronym for "
ANalysis Of VAriance", but it is not used for analyzing Variances. (F and Chi-square tests are used for that.) ANOVA is used for analyzing Means. The internal calculations that it uses to do so involve analyzing Variances -- hence the name.- The 1st column in the following table describes what ANOVA does do.
- The 2nd column says what ANOVA does
__not__do. - The 3rd column tells what to use if we want do what's in the 2nd column.
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## AuthorAndrew A. (Andy) Jawlik is the author of the book, Statistics from A to Z -- Confusing Concepts Clarified, published by Wiley. ## Archives
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