2.1 - Building the ANOVA Table: Notation

As a point of review, the alternative hypothesis is what we think is going on. Typically we are looking to find differences among at least one of our treatment means. Because of this, the null hypothesis (the opposite of the alternative) states that there are no differences (or that they are all equal) among the group means.

To test the Null hypothesis (which is traditionally written as: \(H_0 \colon \mu_1 = \mu_2 = ⋯ = \mu_K\) we need to compute the F statistic. To see how we compute this statistic it is helpful to look at the ANOVA table. The table below is an ANOVA table (here presented blank, with no entries yet):


Source df SS MS F

To define the elements of the table and fill in these quantities, let’s return to our example data (Lesson1 Data) for the hypothetical greenhouse experiment:

Control F1 F2 F3
21 32 22.5 28
19.5 30.5 26 27.5
22.5 25 28 31
21.5 27.5 27 29.5
20.5 28 26.5 30
21 28.6 25.2 29.2


Each observation in the dataset can be referenced by two indicator subscripts, i and j as \(Y_{ij}\)

For those of you not familiar with this notation, we use Y to indicate that it is a response variable. The subscript i refers to the \(i^{th}\) level of the treatment (our example has 4 treatment so i will take on the values 1,2 3, and 4.) The subscript j refers to the \(j^{th}\) observation (again, our example has 6 observations for each treatment so j takes the values 1,2,3,4,5, and 6). It is important to note that the jth observation is occurring within the ith treatment level.

subscripts i = 1 i = 2 i = 3 i = 4
  Control F1 F2 F3
j = 1 21 32 22.5 28
j = 2 19.5 30.5 26 27.5
j = 3 22.5 25 28 31
j = 4 21.5 27.5 27 29.5
j = 5 20.5 28 26.5 30
j = 6 21 28.6 25.2 29.2

For example, \(Y_{4,2} = 27.5\).

We now can define the various means explicitly using these subscripts. The overall or Grand Mean is given by

\(\text{Grand Mean }=\bar{Y}_{..}\)

where the dots indicate that the quantity has been averaged over that subscript. For the Grand Mean, we have averaged over all j observations in all i treatment levels. The treatment means are given by

\(\text{Treatment Mean }=\bar{Y}_{i.}\)

Indicating that we have averaged over the j observations in each of the i treatment levels.

We can find these in the output from the summary procedure we used in SAS:

Summary Output for Lesson 1
Fert _Type_ _FREQ_ mean
  0 24 26.1667
Control 1 6 21.0000
F1 1 6 28.6000
F2 1 6 25.8667
F3 1 6 29.2000

In the output we see the column heading _TYPE_. The summary procedure in SAS calculates all possible means when specified, and so the _TYPE_ indicates what mean is being computed. _TYPE_ 0 is the Grand Mean, and we can see this from the number of observations (given by _FREQ_) of 24. Each of the treatment level means is listed as _TYPE_ 1 and we confirm that 6 replications were made for each treatment level (remember that j took on values 1 through 6).

Note that SAS automatically has ordered the treatment levels alphabetically (I don’t know how to easily prevent this).

The grand mean and treatment means are all we need in this example to compute the quantities for the ANOVA table.