Examining mixed unknown distributions (mud)

Wright, Daniel B and Skagerberg, Elin M (2008) Examining mixed unknown distributions (mud). Behavior Research Methods, 40 (1). pp. 73-83. ISSN 1554-351X

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Abstract

A function, written in R, for testing whether the distribution of responses in one condition can be considered a combination of the distributions from two other conditions is described. The important aspect of this function is that it does not make any assumptions about the shape of the distributions. It is based on the Kolmogorov—Smirnov D statistic. The function also allows the user to test more specific and, hence, more statistically powerful hypotheses. One hypothesis, that the mixture does not capture the middle third of the distribution, is included as a built-in option, and code is provided so that other alternatives can easily be run. A power analysis reveals that the function is most likely to detect a difference between the combined conditions’ distribution and the other distribution when the center of the other distribution is near the midpoint of the two original distributions. Critical p values are estimated for each set of distributions, using bootstrap methods. An example from human memory research, exploring the blending hypothesis of the misinformation effect, is used for illustrative purposes.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Elin Skagerberg
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2012 12:39
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2012 12:39
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/37856
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