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7. Product and Process Comparisons
7.4. Comparisons based on data from more than two processes
7.4.7. How can we make multiple comparisons?

Tukey's method

Tukey's method considers all possible pairwise differences of means at the same time The Tukey method applies simultaneously to the set of all pairwise comparisons

{mui - muj}

The confidence coefficient for the set, when all sample sizes are equal, is exactly 1-alpha. For unequal sample sizes, the confidence coefficient is greater than 1-alpha. In other words, the Tukey method is conservative when there are unequal sample sizes.

Studentized Range Distribution
The studentized range q The Tukey method uses the studentized range distribution. Suppose we have r independent observations y1, ..., yr from a normal distribution with mean mu and variance sigma2. Let w be the range for this set , i.e., the maximum minus the minimum. Now suppose that we have an estimate s2 of the variance sigma2 which is based on nu degrees of freedom and is independent of the yi. The studentized range is defined as

q(r,nu) = w/s
The distribution of q is tabulated in many textbooks and can be calculated using Dataplot The distribution of q has been tabulated and appears in many textbooks on statistics. In addition, Dataplot has a CDF function (SRACDF) and a percentile function (SRAPPF) for q.

As an example, let r = 5 and nu = 10. The 95th percentile is q.05;5,10 = 4.65. This means:

P{w/s <= 4.65} = 0.95
So, if we have five observations from a normal distribution, the probability is .95 that their range is not more than 4.65 times as great as an independent sample standard deviation estimate for which the estimator has 10 degrees of freedom.
Tukey's Method
Confidence limits for Tukey's method The Tukey confidence limits for all pairwise comparisons with confidence coefficient of at least 1-alpha are:
ybar(i.) - ybar(j.) +/- (1/sqrt(2))*q(alpha;r,N-r)*

Notice that the point estimator and the estimated variance are the same as those for a single pairwise comparison that was illustrated previously. The only difference between the confidence limits for simultaneous comparisons and those for a single comparison is the multiple of the estimated standard deviation.

Also note that the sample sizes must be equal when using the studentized range approach.

Data We use the data from a previous example.
Set of all pairwise comparisons The set of all pairwise comparisons consists of:
    mu2 - mu1, mu3 - mu1, mu1 - mu4,
    mu2 - mu3, mu2 - mu4, mu3 - mu4
Confidence intervals for each pair Assume we want a confidence coefficient of 95 percent, or .95. Since r = 4 and nt = 20, the required percentile of the studentized range distribution is q.05; 4,16. Using the Tukey method for each of the six comparisons yields:

0.29 <= mu2 - mu1 <= 4.47

1.13 <= mu3 - mu1 <= 5.31

-2.25 <= mu1 - mu4 <= 1.93

-2.93 <= mu2 - mu3 <= 1.25

0.13 <= mu2 - mu4 <= 4.31

0.97 <= mu3 - mu4 <= 5.15

Conclusions The simultaneous pairwise comparisons indicate that the differences mu1 - mu4 and mu2 - mu3 are not significantly different from 0 (their confidence intervals include 0), and all the other pairs are significantly different.
Unequal sample sizes It is possible to work with unequal sample sizes. In this case, one has to calculate the estimated standard deviation for each pairwise comparison. The Tukey procedure for unequal sample sizes is sometimes referred to as the Tukey-Kramer Method.
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