Dear friends - I hope you will accept a naive question on lm: R version 3.4.1, Windows 10 I have 204 "baskets" of three types corresponding to factor F, each of size from 2 to 33 containing measurements, and need to know if the standard deviation on the measurements in each basket,sdd, is different across types, F. Plotting the observed sdd versus the sizes from 2 to 33, called "k" , does show a decreasing spread as k increases towards 33. I tried lm(sdd ~ F,weight=k) and got different results if omitting the weight argument but would it be the correct way to use sqrt(k) as weight instead? Best wishes Troels Ring Aalborg, Denmark

> On 14 Aug 2017, at 10:13 , Troels Ring <tring at gvdnet.dk> wrote: > > Dear friends - I hope you will accept a naive question on lm: R version 3.4.1, Windows 10 > > I have 204 "baskets" of three types corresponding to factor F, each of size from 2 to 33 containing measurements, and need to know if the standard deviation on the measurements in each basket,sdd, is different across types, F. Plotting the observed sdd versus the sizes from 2 to 33, called "k" , does show a decreasing spread as k increases towards 33. > > I tried lm(sdd ~ F,weight=k) and got different results if omitting the weight argument but would it be the correct way to use sqrt(k) as weight instead? >I doubt that there is a "correct" way, but theory says that if the baskets have the same SD and data are normally distributed, then the variance of the sample VARIANCE is proportional to 1/f = 1/(k-1). Weights in lm are inverse-variance, so the "natural" thing to do would seem to be to regress the square of sdd with weights (k-1). (If the distribution is not normal, the variance of the sample variance is complicated by a term that involves both n and the excess kurtosis, whereas the variance of the sample SD is complicated in any case. All according to the gospel of St.Google.) -pd> Best wishes > > Troels Ring > Aalborg, Denmark > > ______________________________________________ > R-help at r-project.org mailing list -- To UNSUBSCRIBE and more, see > https://stat.ethz.ch/mailman/listinfo/r-help > PLEASE do read the posting guide http://www.R-project.org/posting-guide.html > and provide commented, minimal, self-contained, reproducible code.-- Peter Dalgaard, Professor, Center for Statistics, Copenhagen Business School Solbjerg Plads 3, 2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark Phone: (+45)38153501 Office: A 4.23 Email: pd.mes at cbs.dk Priv: PDalgd at gmail.com

On 2017-08-14 5:53 AM, peter dalgaard wrote:>> On 14 Aug 2017, at 10:13 , Troels Ring <tring at gvdnet.dk> wrote: >> >> Dear friends - I hope you will accept a naive question on lm: R version 3.4.1, Windows 10 >> >> I have 204 "baskets" of three types corresponding to factor F, each of size from 2 to 33 containing measurements, and need to know if the standard deviation on the measurements in each basket,sdd, is different across types, F. Plotting the observed sdd versus the sizes from 2 to 33, called "k" , does show a decreasing spread as k increases towards 33. >> >> I tried lm(sdd ~ F,weight=k) and got different results if omitting the weight argument but would it be the correct way to use sqrt(k) as weight instead? >> > I doubt that there is a "correct" way, but theory says that if the baskets have the same SD and data are normally distributed, then the variance of the sample VARIANCE is proportional to 1/f = 1/(k-1). Weights in lm are inverse-variance, so the "natural" thing to do would seem to be to regress the square of sdd with weights (k-1). > > (If the distribution is not normal, the variance of the sample variance is complicated by a term that involves both n and the excess kurtosis, whereas the variance of the sample SD is complicated in any case. All according to the gospel of St.Google.)The Wikipedia article on "standard deviation" gives the more general formula. (That article does NOT give a citation for that formula. I you know one, please add it -- or post it here, to make it easier for someone else to add it.) Thanks, Peter. Spencer Graves> > -pd > > >> Best wishes >> >> Troels Ring >> Aalborg, Denmark >> >> ______________________________________________ >> R-help at r-project.org mailing list -- To UNSUBSCRIBE and more, see >> https://stat.ethz.ch/mailman/listinfo/r-help >> PLEASE do read the posting guide http://www.R-project.org/posting-guide.html >> and provide commented, minimal, self-contained, reproducible code.

> I have 204 "baskets" of three types corresponding to factor F, each of size > from 2 to 33 containing measurements, and need to know if the standard > deviation on the measurements in each basket,sdd, is different across > types, F.If you're just trying to confirm that there is a difference across three types, is there a reason not to use something like Levene's test to confirm that the variances differ by more than chance? S Ellison ******************************************************************* This email and any attachments are confidential. Any use...{{dropped:8}}