# 8.7 - Constructing Orthogonal Contrasts

8.7 - Constructing Orthogonal Contrasts

The following shows two examples to construct orthogonal contrasts. In each example, we consider balanced data; that is, there are equal numbers of observations in each group.

## Example 8-6:

In some cases, it is possible to draw a tree diagram illustrating the hypothesized relationships among the treatments. In the following tree, we wish to compare 5 different populations of subjects. Prior to collecting the data, we may have reason to believe that populations 2 and 3 are most closely related. Populations 4 and 5 are also closely related, but not as close as populations 2 and 3. Population 1 is closer to populations 2 and 3 than population 4 and 5. Each branch (denoted by the letters A,B,C, and D) corresponds to a hypothesis we may wish to test. This yields the contrast coefficients as shown in each row of the following table:

Treatments

Contrasts 1 2 3 4 5
A $\dfrac{1}{3}$ $\dfrac{1}{3}$ $\dfrac{1}{3}$ $- \dfrac { 1 } { 2 }$ $- \dfrac { 1 } { 2 }$
B 1 $- \dfrac { 1 } { 2 }$ $- \dfrac { 1 } { 2 }$ 0 0
C 0 0 0 1 -1
D 0 1 -1 0 0

Consider Contrast A. Here, we are comparing the mean of all subjects in populations 1,2, and 3 to the mean of all subjects in populations 4 and 5.

Note! The first group of populations (1, 2, and 3) has contrast coefficients with positive signs, while the second group (4 and 5) has negative signs. Because there are 3 populations in the first group, each population gets a coefficient of +1/3. Because there are 2 populations in the second group, each population gets a coefficient of -1/2.

For Contrast B, we compare population 1 (receiving a coefficient of +1) with the mean of populations 2 and 3 (each receiving a coefficient of -1/2). Multiplying the corresponding coefficients of contrasts A and B, we obtain:

(1/3) × 1 + (1/3) × (-1/2) + (1/3) × (-1/2) + (-1/2) × 0 + (-1/2) × 0 = 1/3 - 1/6 - 1/6 + 0 + 0 = 0

So contrasts A and B are orthogonal. Similar computations can be carried out to confirm that all remaining pairs of contrasts are orthogonal to one another.

## Example 8-7:

Consider the factorial arrangement of drug type and drug dose treatments:

Dose

Drug Low High
A 1 2
B 3 4

Here, treatment 1 is equivalent to a low dose of drug A, treatment 2 is equivalent to a high dose of drug A, etc. For this factorial arrangement of drug type and drug dose treatments, we can form the orthogonal contrasts:

Treatments

Contrasts A, Low A, High B, Low B, High
Drug $- \dfrac{1}{2}$ $- \dfrac{1}{2}$ $\dfrac{1}{2}$ $\dfrac{1}{2}$
Dose $- \dfrac{1}{2}$ $\dfrac{1}{2}$ $- \dfrac { 1 } { 2 }$ $\dfrac{1}{2}$
Interaction $\dfrac{1}{2}$ $- \dfrac{1}{2}$ $- \dfrac{1}{2}$ $\dfrac{1}{2}$

To test for the effects of drug type, we give coefficients with a negative sign for drug A, and positive signs for drug B. Because there are two doses within each drug type, the coefficients take values of plus or minus 1/2.

Similarly, to test for the effects of drug dose, we give coefficients with negative signs for the low dose, and positive signs for the high dose. Because there are two drugs for each dose, the coefficients take values of plus or minus 1/2.

The final test considers the null hypothesis that the effect of the drug does not depend on dose, or conversely, the effect of the dose does not depend on the drug. In either case, we are testing the null hypothesis that there is no interaction between drug and dose. The coefficients for this interaction are obtained by multiplying the signs of the coefficients for drug and dose. Thus, for drug A at the low dose, we multiply "-" (for the drug effect) times "-" (for the dose effect) to obtain "+" (for the interaction). Similarly, for drug A at the high dose, we multiply "-" (for the drug effect) times "+" (for the dose effect) to obtain "-" (for the interaction). The remaining coefficients are obtained similarly.

## Example 8-8: Pottery Data

Recall the specific questions:

1. Does the mean chemical content of pottery from Ashley Rails and Isle Thorns equal that of pottery from Caldicot and Llanedyrn?
2. Does the mean chemical content of pottery from Ashley Rails equal that of that of pottery from Isle Thorns?
3. Does the mean chemical content of pottery from Caldicot equal that of pottery from Llanedyrn?

These questions correspond to the following theoretical relationships among the sites: The relationships among sites suggested in the above figure suggests the following contrasts:

Sites

Contrasts Ashley Rails Caldicot Isle Thorns Llanedyrn
1 $\dfrac{1}{2}$ $- \dfrac{1}{2}$ $\dfrac{1}{2}$ $- \dfrac{1}{2}$
2 1 0 -1 0
3 0 1 0 -1
$n_i$ 5 2 5 14

#### Notes

Contrasts 1 and 2 are orthogonal:

$\sum_{i=1}^{g} \frac{c_id_i}{n_i} = \frac{0.5 \times 1}{5} + \frac{(-0.5)\times 0}{2}+\frac{0.5 \times (-1)}{5} +\frac{(-0.5)\times 0}{14} = 0$

However, contrasts 1 and 3 are not orthogonal:

$\sum_{i=1}^{g} \frac{c_id_i}{n_i} = \frac{0.5 \times 0}{5} + \frac{(-0.5)\times 1}{2}+\frac{0.5 \times 0}{5} +\frac{(-0.5)\times (-1) }{14} = \frac{6}{28}$

Solution: Instead of estimating the mean of pottery collected from Caldicot and Llanedyrn by

$\frac{\mathbf{\bar{y}_2+\bar{y}_4}}{2}$

we can weight by sample size:

$\frac{n_2\mathbf{\bar{y}_2}+n_4\mathbf{\bar{y}_4}}{n_2+n_4} = \frac{2\mathbf{\bar{y}}_2+14\bar{\mathbf{y}}_4}{16}$

Similarly, the mean of pottery collected from Ashley Rails and Isle Thorns may estimated by

$\frac{n_1\mathbf{\bar{y}_1}+n_3\mathbf{\bar{y}_3}}{n_1+n_3} = \frac{5\mathbf{\bar{y}}_1+5\bar{\mathbf{y}}_3}{10} = \frac{8\mathbf{\bar{y}}_1+8\bar{\mathbf{y}}_3}{16}$

This yields the Orthogonal Contrast Coefficients:

Sites

Contrasts Ashley Rails Caldicot Isle Thorns Llanedyrn
1 $\dfrac{8}{16}$ $- \dfrac{2}{16}$ $\dfrac{8}{16}$ $- \dfrac{14}{16}$
2 1 0 -1 0
3 0 1 0 -1
$n_i$ 5 2 5 14

#### Using SAS

The inspect button below will walk through how these contrasts are implemented in the SAS program .

View the video explanation of the SAS code.

#### Using Minitab

Orthogonal contrast for MANOVA is not available in Minitab at this time.

#### Analysis

The following table of estimated contrasts is obtained

Sites

Element $\widehat { \Psi } _ { 1 }$ $\widehat { \Psi } _ { 2 }$ $\widehat { \Psi } _ { 3 }$
Al 5.29 -0.86 -0.86
Fe -4.64 -0.20 -0.96
Mg -4.06 -0.07 -0.97
Ca -0.17 0.03 0.09
Na -0.17 -0.01 -0.20

These results suggest:

• Pottery from Ashley Rails and Isle Thorns have higher aluminum and lower iron, magnesium, calcium, and sodium concentrations than pottery from Caldicot and Llanedyrn.
• Pottery from Ashley Rails have higher calcium and lower aluminum, iron, magnesium, and sodium concentrations than pottery from Isle Thorns.
• Pottery from Caldicot have higher calcium and lower aluminum, iron, magnesium, and sodium concentrations than pottery from Llanedyrn.
Note! These suggestions have yet to be backed up by appropriate hypotheses tests.

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