Cochran's Q test  overview
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Cochran's Q test  MannWhitneyWilcoxon test  Binomial test for a single proportion 


Independent/grouping variable  Independent/grouping variable  Independent variable  
One within subject factor ($\geq 2$ related groups)  One categorical with 2 independent groups  None  
Dependent variable  Dependent variable  Dependent variable  
One categorical with 2 independent groups  One of ordinal level  One categorical with 2 independent groups  
Null hypothesis  Null hypothesis  Null hypothesis  
H_{0}: $\pi_1 = \pi_2 = \ldots = \pi_I$
Here $\pi_1$ is the population proportion of 'successes' for group 1, $\pi_2$ is the population proportion of 'successes' for group 2, and $\pi_I$ is the population proportion of 'successes' for group $I.$  If the dependent variable is measured on a continuous scale and the shape of the distribution of the dependent variable is the same in both populations:
Formulation 1:
 H_{0}: $\pi = \pi_0$
Here $\pi$ is the population proportion of 'successes', and $\pi_0$ is the population proportion of successes according to the null hypothesis.  
Alternative hypothesis  Alternative hypothesis  Alternative hypothesis  
H_{1}: not all population proportions are equal  If the dependent variable is measured on a continuous scale and the shape of the distribution of the dependent variable is the same in both populations:
Formulation 1:
 H_{1} two sided: $\pi \neq \pi_0$ H_{1} right sided: $\pi > \pi_0$ H_{1} left sided: $\pi < \pi_0$  
Assumptions  Assumptions  Assumptions  


 
Test statistic  Test statistic  Test statistic  
If a failure is scored as 0 and a success is scored as 1:
$Q = k(k  1) \dfrac{\sum_{groups} \Big (\mbox{group total}  \frac{\mbox{grand total}}{k} \Big)^2}{\sum_{blocks} \mbox{block total} \times (k  \mbox{block total})}$ Here $k$ is the number of related groups (usually the number of repeated measurements), a group total is the sum of the scores in a group, a block total is the sum of the scores in a block (usually a subject), and the grand total is the sum of all the scores. Before computing $Q$, first exclude blocks with equal scores in all $k$ groups.  Two different types of test statistics can be used; both will result in the same test outcome. The first is the Wilcoxon rank sum statistic $W$:
Note: we could just as well base W and U on group 2. This would only 'flip' the right and left sided alternative hypotheses. Also, tables with critical values for $U$ are often based on the smaller of $U$ for group 1 and for group 2.  $X$ = number of successes in the sample  
Sampling distribution of $Q$ if H_{0} were true  Sampling distribution of $W$ and of $U$ if H_{0} were true  Sampling distribution of $X$ if H0 were true  
If the number of blocks (usually the number of subjects) is large, approximately the chisquared distribution with $k  1$ degrees of freedom  Sampling distribution of $W$:
Sampling distribution of $U$: For small samples, the exact distribution of $W$ or $U$ should be used. Note: if ties are present in the data, the formula for the standard deviations $\sigma_W$ and $\sigma_U$ is more complicated.  Binomial($n$, $P$) distribution.
Here $n = N$ (total sample size), and $P = \pi_0$ (population proportion according to the null hypothesis).  
Significant?  Significant?  Significant?  
If the number of blocks is large, the table with critical $X^2$ values can be used. If we denote $X^2 = Q$:
 For large samples, the table for standard normal probabilities can be used: Two sided:
 Two sided:
 
Equivalent to  Equivalent to  n.a.  
Friedman test, with a categorical dependent variable consisting of two independent groups.  If there are no ties in the data, the two sided MannWhitneyWilcoxon test is equivalent to the KruskalWallis test with an independent variable with 2 levels ($I$ = 2).    
Example context  Example context  Example context  
Subjects perform three different tasks, which they can either perform correctly or incorrectly. Is there a difference in task performance between the three different tasks?  Do men tend to score higher on social economic status than women?  Is the proportion of smokers amongst office workers different from $\pi_0 = 0.2$?  
SPSS  SPSS  SPSS  
Analyze > Nonparametric Tests > Legacy Dialogs > K Related Samples...
 Analyze > Nonparametric Tests > Legacy Dialogs > 2 Independent Samples...
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Jamovi  Jamovi  Jamovi  
Jamovi does not have a specific option for the Cochran's Q test. However, you can do the Friedman test instead. The $p$ value resulting from this Friedman test is equivalent to the $p$ value that would have resulted from the Cochran's Q test. Go to:
ANOVA > Repeated Measures ANOVA  Friedman
 TTests > Independent Samples TTest
 Frequencies > 2 Outcomes  Binomial test
 
Practice questions  Practice questions  Practice questions  