Hello everyone, and welcome to the ninth chapter of the University of Southern Queensland’s online, open access textbook.
The aim of this ninth chapter is to discuss the idea of nonparametric statistics. Nonparametric statistics are types of test statistics with related formulas that can be used to estimate associations between two or more variables without basing these associations on changes from the mean. The arithmetic mean can be seriously influenced by extreme values and values that are dispersed in non-normal ways. Essentially if collections of data are not arranged according to the normal distribution, and when researchers can be reasonably sure that the actual distribution of variable values in a population is not normal, nonparametric statistics can then be used to better estimate associations between variables.
There are some slides that appear via links within Chapter Nine. Please look for these as you review the current chapter.