Chi square test for more than two rows, Applied Statistics


Using Chi Square Test when more than two Rows are Present


To understand this, let us consider the contingency table shown below. It gives us the information about the stage of the economy and the number of PCs sold on a weekly basis.



Weekly sale of PCs





Economy at Peak

Economy at Trough

Economy Rising

Economy Falling






















For calculating the proportion of sales during a weekly high, when the economy was rising we employ the formula of joint probability for two independent events A and B. The event A stands for proportion of sales durings a high irrespective of the stage of the economy and is given by (65/140), whereas the proportion of sales when the economy was rising irrespective of the weekly sales is (39/140). Since these two events happen to be independent events, the joint probability that they will occur simultaneously is

                   =  (65/140)(39/140)

                   =  2535/19600

Similarly the proportion of sales, when the weekly sales are low and the economy at its peak is given by the product of

                   =  (32/140)(44/140)

                   =  1408/19600

Since these figures give us the expected proportions to calculate the theoretical proportions, we multiply the above values with the total number of observations. Therefore, the theoretical proportion for the cell (economy rising, high) is given by

                   (2535/19600) x 140 = 18.107

and for the cell (economy at peak, low) the theoretical proportion is

                   (1408/19600) x 140 = 10.06

Generalizing this, the expected frequency for any cell (intersection point of the concerned row and the column) is given by the product of the sum of the elements in that row (usually denoted by TRi, i = 1, 2) and the sum of the elements in that column (denoted by CRj, j = 1, 2, 3) divided by the total number of observations. Mathematically it is expressed as


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After this step, we proceed in the same manner as we do in case of contingency table having two rows and a given number of columns.

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