# Equality of means/medians hypothesis test (independent samples)

A hypothesis test formally tests if two or more population means/medians are equal.

The hypotheses to test depends on the number of samples:

- For two samples, the null hypothesis states that the difference between the mean/medians of the populations is equal to a hypothesized value (0 indicating no difference), against the alternative hypothesis that it is not equal to (or less than, or greater than) the hypothesized value.
- For more than two samples, the null hypothesis states that the means/medians of the populations are equal, against the alternative hypothesis that at least one population mean/median is different.

When the test p-value is small, you can reject the null hypothesis and conclude that the populations differ in means/medians.

Tests for more than two samples are omnibus tests and do not tell you which groups differ from each other. You should use multiple comparisons to make these inferences.

- What is Analyse-it?
- Administrator's Guide
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- Statistical Reference Guide
- Distribution
- Compare groups
- Calculating univariate descriptive statistics, by group
- Side-by-side univariate plots
- Creating side-by-side univariate plots
- Equality of means/medians hypothesis test
- Tests for equality of means/medians
- Testing equality of means/medians
- Difference between means/medians effect size
- Estimators for the difference in means/medians
- Estimating the difference between means/medians
- Multiple comparisons
- Mean-Mean scatter plot
- Multiple comparison procedures
- Comparing multiple means/medians
- Homogeneity of variance hypothesis test
- Tests for homogeneity of variance
- Testing homogeneity of variance
- Study design
- Compare pairs
- Contingency tables
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- Principal component analysis (PCA)
- Factor analysis (FA)
- Item reliability
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- Reference interval
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Published 8-Jan-2017

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