Understanding the Wilcoxon Rank Sum and Signed Rank tests

The Wilcoxon Rank Sum and Signed Rank test (Mann-Whitney-Wilcoxon) is a nonparametric test of the null hypothesis that two different groups come from the same population without assuming the two groups are normally distributed. This recipe will show you how to conduct a Wilcoxon Rank Sum and Signed Rank test in R.

Getting ready

In this recipe, we will use the wilcox.test function that originated from the stat package.

How to do it…

Perform the following steps to conduct a Wilcoxon Rank Sum and Signed Rank test:

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