## FV_TEST

The FV_TEST function computes the F-statistic and the probability that two sample populations X and Y have significantly different variances. X and Y may be of different lengths. The result is a two-element vector containing the F-statistic and its significance. The significance is a value in the interval [0.0, 1.0]; a small value (0.05 or 0.01) indicates that X and Y have significantly different variances. This type of test is often referred to as the F-variance test.

The F-statistic formula for sample populations x and y with means ` x and ` y is defined as:

where x = ( x 0 , x 1 , x 2 , ..., x N-1 ) and y = ( y 0 , y 1 , y 2 ..., y M-1 )

This routine is written in the IDL language. Its source code can be found in the file ``` fv_test.pro``` in the ``` lib``` subdirectory of the IDL distribution.

### Calling Sequence

Result = FV_TEST( X, Y )

### Arguments

#### X

An n -element integer, single- or double-precision floating-point vector.

#### Y

An m -element integer, single- or double-precision floating-point vector.

### Example

Define two n-element sample populations.

X = [257, 208, 296, 324, 240, 246, 267, 311, 324, 323, 263, \$

305, 270, 260, 251, 275, 288, 242, 304, 267]

Y = [201,  56, 185, 221, 165, 161, 182, 239, 278, 243, 197, \$

271, 214, 216, 175, 192, 208, 150, 281, 196]

Compute the F-statistic (of X and Y) and its significance.

PRINT, FV_TEST(X, Y)

IDL prints:

2.48578 0.0540116

The result indicates that X and Y have significantly different variances.