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A Test Of Symmetry


When data are nonnormal in form classical procedures for assessing treatment group equality are prone to distortions in rates of Type I error and power to detect effects. Replacing the usual means with trimmed means reduces rates of Type I error and increases sensitivity to detect effects. If data are skewed, say to the right, then it has been postulated that asymmetric trimming, to the right, should be better at controlling rates of Type I error and power to detect effects than symmetric trimming from both tails of the data distribution. Keselman, Wilcox, Othman and Fradette (2002) found that Babu, Padmanabhan and Puri's (1999) test for symmetry when combined with a heteroscedastic statistic which compared either symmetrically or asymmetrically determined means provided excellent Type I error control even when data were extremely heterogeneous and very nonnormal in form. In this paper, we present a detailed discussion of the Babu et al. procedure as well as a numerical example demonstrating its use.