Nonparametric Methods

  • Michael O. Finkelstein
  • Bruce Levin
Part of the Statistics for Social and Behavioral Sciences book series (SSBS)


A nonparametric test is one for which the stated Type I error rate holds no matter what distribution may underlie the observations. Nonparametric tests are thus broadly applicable and valid for testing, relying only on the assumption of random sampling, and generally requiring only simple calculation. The sign test is the simplest example of this class of procedures.

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael O. Finkelstein
    • 1
  • Bruce Levin
    • 2
  1. 1.New YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of BiostatisticsColumbia University Mailman School of Public HealthNew YorkUSA

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