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Abstract

The purpose of the present study was to assess the probability of coverage and interval length of selected statistical techniques that have a higher finite sample breakdown point than the mean and appropriate levels of probability of coverage when using Bradley’s (1978) criterion. The techniques were examined using real education and psychology datasets (Sawilowsky & Fahoome, 2003, Sawilowsky & Blair, 1992). Welch’s test exhibited appropriate coverage for the smooth symmetric, mass at zero, digit preference, and extreme bimodal distributions. Yuen’s technique performed well under an extreme bimodal distribution. Results concerning the Maritz-Jarrett and the McKean-Schrader techniques are also presented.

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