Scientists in a variety of fields are often faced with the question of whether a sample is best described as unimodal or bimodal. In an earlier paper (Frankland & Zumbo, 2002), a simple and convenient method for assessing bimodality was described. That method is extended by developing and demonstrating a likelihood ratio test (LRT) for bimodality for the comparison of a unimodal normal distribution and a bimodal mixture of two normal distributions. As in Frankland and Zumbo (2002), the LRT approach is demonstrated using algorithms in SPSS.
Frankland, B. W. and Zumbo, Bruno D.
"Quantifying Bimodality Part 2: A Likelihood Ratio Test for the Comparison of a Unimodal Normal Distribution and a Bimodal Mixture of Two Normal Distributions. Bruno D. Zumbo is,"
Journal of Modern Applied Statistical Methods: Vol. 8
, Article 5.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/jmasm/vol8/iss1/5