# Wilcoxon test

A non-parametric test of the homogeneity of two samples $X _ {1} \dots X _ {n}$ and $Y _ {1} \dots Y _ {m}$. The elements of the samples are assumed to be mutually independent, with continuous distribution functions $F( x)$ and $G( x)$, respectively. The hypothesis to be tested is $F( x)= G( x)$. Wilcoxon's test is based on the rank statistic

$$\tag{* } W = s ( r _ {1} ) + \dots + s ( r _ {m} ),$$

where $r _ {j}$ are the ranks of the random variables $Y _ {j}$ in the common series of order statistics of $X _ {i}$ and $Y _ {j}$, while the function $s( r)$, $r = 1 \dots n + m$, is defined by a given permutation

$$\left( \begin{array}{cccc} 1 & 2 & \cdots & m+n \\ s(1) & s(2) & \cdots & s(m+n) \end{array} \right)\ ,$$ where $s( 1) \dots s( n+ m)$ is one of the possible rearrangements of the numbers $1 \dots n + m$. The permutation is chosen so that the power of Wilcoxon's test for the given alternative is highest. The statistical distribution of $W$ depends only on the size of the samples and not on the chosen permutation (if the homogeneity hypothesis is true). If $n \rightarrow \infty$ and $m \rightarrow \infty$, the random variable $W$ has an asymptotically-normal distribution. This variant of the test was first proposed by F. Wilcoxon in 1945 for samples of equal sizes and was based on the special case $s( r) \equiv r$( cf. Rank sum test; Mann–Whitney test). See also van der Waerden test; Rank test.

#### References

 [1] F. Wilcoxon, "Individual comparison by ranking methods" Biometrics , 1 : 6 (1945) pp. 80–83 [2] L.N. Bol'shev, N.V. Smirnov, "Tables of mathematical statistics" , Libr. math. tables , 46 , Nauka (1983) (In Russian) (Processed by L.S. Bark and E.S. Kedrova) [3] B.L. van der Waerden, "Mathematische Statistik" , Springer (1957)

#### References

 [a1] E.L. Lehmann, "Testing statistical hypotheses" , Wiley (1986)
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Wilcoxon test. Encyclopedia of Mathematics. URL: http://encyclopediaofmath.org/index.php?title=Wilcoxon_test&oldid=51556
This article was adapted from an original article by A.V. Prokhorov (originator), which appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098. See original article