Tests on Categorical Data

  • Thomas Haslwanter
Part of the Statistics and Computing book series (SCO)


Categorical data are data that can take on one of a limited, and usually fixed, number of possible values. (A “mean value” typically makes no sense for categorical data.) This chapter covers the tests most commonly used for the analysis of categorical data: chi-square tests, Fisher’s Exact Test, McNemar’s Test, and Cochran’s Q-Test.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Haslwanter
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  1. 1.School of Applied Health and Social SciencesUniversity of Applied Sciences Upper AustriaLinzAustria

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