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One-way ANOVA using Minitab

Introduction

The one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) is used to determine


whether the mean of a dependent variable is the same in two or more
unrelated, independent groups of an independent variable. However, it
is typically only used when you have three or more independent,
unrelated groups, since an independent t-test is more commonly used
when you have just two groups. If you have more than one dependent
variable, you might need a one-way MANOVA.

For example, you can use a one-way ANOVA to determine whether


weight loss is best achieved through exercise, diet, or exercise and
diet combined (i.e., your dependent variable would be "weight loss",
measured in kilograms, and your independent variable would be
"intervention type", which has three groups: "exercise", "diet and
"exercise and diet"). Alternately, a one-way ANOVA could be used to
understand whether there is a difference in salary based on education
level (i.e., your dependent variable would be "salary" and your
independent variable would be "education level", which has three
groups: "high school", "undergraduate degree" and "graduate degree").

When there is a statistically significant difference between the groups,


it is possible to determine which specific groups were significantly
different from each other using a post hoc test. You need to conduct a
post hoc test because the one-way ANOVA is an omnibus test statistic
and cannot tell you which specific groups were significantly different
from each other; it only tells you that at least two groups were different.

This "quick start" guide shows you how to carry out a one-way ANOVA
using Minitab, as well as how to interpret and report the results from
this test. However, before we introduce you to this procedure, you
need to understand the different assumptions that your data must meet
in order for a one-way ANOVA to give you a valid result. We discuss
these assumptions next.

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Assumptions

The one-way ANOVA has six assumptions. You cannot test the first
three of these assumptions with Minitab because they relate to your
study design and choice of variables. However, you should check
whether your study meets these three assumptions before moving on.
If these assumptions are not met, there is likely to be a different
statistical test that you can use instead. Assumptions #1, #2 and #3
are explained below:

o Assumption #1: Your dependent variable should be measured on


a continuous level (i.e., it is an interval or ratio variable). Examples of
such dependent variables include height (measured in feet and inches),
temperature (measured in °C), salary (measured in US dollars), revision
time (measured in hours), intelligence (measured using IQ score),
reaction time (measured in milliseconds), test performance (measured
from 0 to 100), sales (measured in number of transactions per month),
and so forth. If you are unsure whether your dependent variable is
continuous (i.e., measured at the interval or ratio level), see our Types
of Variable guide.
o Assumption #2: Your independent variable should consist of two or
more categorical, independent (unrelated) groups. Examples
of categorical variables include gender (e.g., two groups: male and
female), ethnicity (e.g., three groups: Caucasian, African American and
Hispanic), physical activity level (e.g., four groups: sedentary, low,
moderate and high), and profession (e.g., five groups: surgeon, doctor,
nurse, dentist, therapist).
o Assumption #3: You should have independence of observations,
which means that there is no relationship between the observations in
each group or between the groups themselves. For example, there must
be different participants in each group with no participant being in
more than one group. If you do not have independence of observations,
it is likely you have "related groups", which means you will might need
to use a one-way repeated measures ANOVA instead of the one-way
ANOVA.

Assumptions #4, #5 and #6 relate to the nature of your data and can be
checked using Minitab. You have to check that your data meets these
assumptions because if it does not, the results you get when running a one-
way ANOVA might not be valid. In fact, do not be surprised if your data
violates one or more of these assumptions. This is not uncommon. However,
there are possible solutions to correct such violations (e.g., transforming your
data) such that you can still use a one-way ANOVA. Assumptions #4, #5 and
#6 are explained below:

o Assumption #4: There should be no significant outliers. An outlier is


simply a single case within your data set that does not follow the usual
pattern (e.g., in a study of 100 students' IQ scores, where the mean
score was 108 with only a small variation between students, one student
had a score of 156, which is very unusual, and may even put her in the
top 1% of IQ scores globally). The problem with outliers is that they
can have a negative effect on the one-way ANOVA, reducing the
accuracy of your results. Fortunately, when using Minitab to run a one-
way ANOVA on your data, you can easily detect possible outliers.
o Assumption #5: Your dependent variable should be approximately
normally distributed for each group of the independent variable.
Your data need only be approximately normal for running a one-way
ANOVA because it is quite "robust" to violations of normality,
meaning that this assumption can be a little violated and still provide
valid results. You can test for normality using the Shapiro-Wilk test for
normality, which is easily tested for using Minitab.
o Assumption #6: There needs to be homogeneity of variances. You
can test this assumption in Minitab using Levene's test for homogeneity
of variances. Levene's test is very important when it comes to
interpreting the results from a one-way ANOVA because Minitab is
capable of producing different output depending on whether your data
meets or fails this assumption.

In practice, checking for assumptions #4, #5 and #6 will probably take up


most of your time when carrying out a one-way ANOVA. However, it is not a
difficult task and Minitab provides all the tools you need to do this.

In the section, Test Procedure in Minitab, we illustrate the Minitab procedure


required to perform a one-way ANOVA assuming that no assumptions have
been violated. First, we set out the example we use to explain the one-way
ANOVA procedure in Minitab.

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Example

An online retailer wants to get the best from its employees, as well as improve
their working experience. Currently, employees in the retailer’s order
fulfilment centre are not provided with any kind of entertainment whilst they
work (e.g., no background music, television, etc.). However, the retailer wants
to know whether providing music, which a few employees have requested,
would lead to greater productivity, and if so, by how much.

Therefore, the researcher recruited a random sample of 60 employees. This


sample of 60 participants was randomly split into three independent groups
with 20 participants in each group: (a) a "control group" that did not listen to
music; (b) a "treatment group" who listened to music, but had no choice of
what they listened to; and (c) a second treatment group who listened to music
and had a choice of what they listened to.
The experiment lasted for one month. At the end of the experiment, the
"productivity" of the three groups was measured in terms of the "average
number of packages processed per hour". Therefore, the dependent variable
was "productivity" (measured in terms of the average number of packages
processed per hour during the one month experiment), whilst the independent
variable was "treatment type", where there were three independent groups:
"No music" (control group), "Music - No choice" (treatment group A) and
"Music - choice" (treatment group B).

A one-way ANOVA was used to determine whether there was a statistically


significant difference in productivity between the three independent groups.

Note: The example and data used for this guide are fictitious. We have just
created them for the purposes of this guide.

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Setup in Minitab

In Minitab, under column we entered the the values of the


dependent variable, which we named Productivity, as follows: . Then,
under column we entered the name of the independent variable
, Music, as follows: . The three groups of the independent
variable, Music, were: (a) "No music" for the control group; (b) "Music - No
choice" for the treatment group who listened to music, but had no choice of
what they listened to; and (c) "Music - Choice" for the treatment group who
listened to music and had a choice of what they listened to, as shown below:
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Test Procedure in Minitab

In this section, we show you how to analyse your data using a one-way
ANOVA in Minitab when the six assumptions in the previous
section, Assumptions, have not been violated. The procedure changed from
Minitab 16 to Minitab 17. Therefore, we present the procedure for both below:
Minitab 16

 Click Stat > ANOVA > One-Way... on the top menu, as shown below:
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You will be presented with the following One-Way Analysis of Variance dialogue box:

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 Transfer the dependent variable, Productivity, into the Response: box and the independent variable, Music, into
the Factor: box. To do this, you first need to click into the Response: box for the dependent variable to appear

in the main left-hand box (e.g., C1 Productivity). This will activate the button (it is usually

faded: ). To transfer the variable into this box, select C1 Productivity in the main left-hand box

and press the button or simply double-click on C1 Productivity. You now need to do the same
for C2 Music, but this time into the Factor: box. You will end up with the dialogue box shown below:

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 Click the button. The output that Minitab produces is shown below.

Minitab 17

 Click Stat > ANOVA > One-Way... on the top menu, as shown below:
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You will be presented with the following One-Way Analysis of Variance dialogue box:

Published with written permission from Minitab Inc.

 Transfer the dependent variable, Productivity, into the Response: box and the independent variable, Music, into
the Factor: box. To do this, you first need to click into the Response: box for the dependent variable to appear

in the main left-hand box (e.g., C1 Productivity). This will activate the button (it is usually
faded: ). To transfer the variable into this box, select C1 Productivity in the main left-hand box

and press the button or simply double-click on C1 Productivity. You now need to do the same
for C2 Music, but this time into the Factor: box. You will end up with the dialogue box shown below:

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 Click the button. The output that Minitab produces is shown below.

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Output of the one-way ANOVA in Minitab

The Minitab output for a one-way ANOVA includes many useful statistics,
including descriptive statistics for the groups that you compared. However, in
this guide we focus on the Analysis of Variance table which reports the
statistical significance of the one-way ANOVA, as shown below (for Minitab
17):
And for Minitab 16:

The statistical significance of the one-way ANOVA is found under the "P-
Value" column ("P" column in Minitab 16). You can see that the significance
level is 0.004 (i.e., p = .004). Since this is below 0.05 (i.e., p < .05), we can
declare that the result is statistically significant. That is, there is a statistically
significant difference in the mean productivity between the three different
groups of the independent variable, Music (i.e., "No Music", "Music - No
Choice" and "Music - Choice").

Note: We present the output from the one-way ANOVA above. However,
since you should have tested your data for the assumptions we explained
earlier in the Assumptions section, you will also need to interpret the Minitab
output that was produced when you tested for them. This includes: (a) the
boxplots you used to check if there were any significant outliers; (b) the
output Minitab produces for your Shapiro-Wilk test for normality to determine
normality; and (c) the output Minitab produces for Levene's test for
homogeneity of variances. Also, remember that if your data failed any of these
assumptions, the output that you get from the one-way ANOVA procedure
(i.e., the output we discuss above) might no longer be valid and you will need
to interpret the Minitab output that is produced when they fail (i.e., this
includes different results).

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Reporting the output of the one-way ANOVA

When you report the output of your one-way ANOVA, it is good practice to
include:

o A. An introduction to the analysis you carried out.


o B. Information about your sample, including how many participants
were in each group of your independent groups (N) (N.B., this is
particularly useful if the group sizes were unequal or there were
missing values).
o C. A statement of whether there were statistically significant
differences between your groups, including the observed F-value
(F and F-Value for Minitab 16 and 17, respectively), degrees of
freedom (DF), and significance level, or more specifically, the 2-
tailed p-value (Pand P-Value for Minitab 16 and 17, respectively).
Based on the Minitab output above, we could report the results of this study as
follows:
 General

A one-way ANOVA was conducted to determine if productivity in a packing facility was different for
groups with different physical activity levels. Participants were classified into three groups: No music
(n = 20), Music - No choice (n = 20) and Music - Choice (n = 20). There was a statistically significant
difference between groups as determined by a one-way ANOVA, F(2, 57) = 6.08, p = .004.

In addition to reporting the results as above, a diagram can be used to visually


present your results. For example, you could do this using a bar chart with
error bars (e.g., where the errors bars could be the standard deviation, standard
error or 95% confidence intervals). This can make it easier for others to
understand your results. Furthermore, you are increasingly expected to report
"effect sizes" in addition to your one-way ANOVA results. Effect sizes are
important because whilst the one-way ANOVA tells you whether differences
between group means are "real" (i.e., different in the population), it does not
tell you the "size" of the difference. Whilst Minitab will not produce these
effect sizes for you using this procedure, there is a procedure in Minitab to do
so.

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