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## Ties and the kolmogorov-smirnoff test

**From**: |
Toke Reichstein |

**Subject**: |
Ties and the kolmogorov-smirnoff test |

**Date**: |
Mon, 3 Mar 2003 16:31:46 +0100 (MET) |

Hello
Octave provide the service of testing whether or not two data arrays are
drawn from the same distribution. The program applies the
kolmogorov-smiornov_test_2 function when we are interested in comparing
two empirical data arrays. When using it I get the follwoing error:
warning: cannot compute correct p-values with ties
warning: in
/usr/share/octave/2.1.36/m/statistics/tests/kolmogorov_smirnov_test_2.m
near line 79, c
>*>> ## There are some ties, so keep only those changes.*
>*>> warning ("cannot compute correct p-val*
pval: 0.746384
ans = 0.74638
This of cause refer to the fact that some of my observations have the same
values at a specific observation number (ties).
My questions are then:
1. How serious is this problem (probably depend on the number of ties)?
2. Is there a way to easily get around this problem in Octave (without
loosing to many observations)?
Toke
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