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Mood’s Median Test
  • Last Updated : 26 Nov, 2020
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Mood’s Median Test: It is a non-parametric alternative to one way ANOVA. It is a special case of Pearson’s Chi-Squared Test. It tests whether the medians of two or more groups differ and also calculates a range of values that is likely to include the difference between population medians. In this test, different data groups have similarly shaped distributions.

Data in each of the samples are assigned to two groups-

  • One consisting of data whose values are higher than the combined median of the samples.
  • The other consisting of data whose value are at the median or below.

Assumptions of Mood’s Median Test

  • Data should include only one categorical factor.
  • Response variable should be continuous.
  • Sample data need not be normally distributed.
  • Sample sizes can be unequal too.

Null and Alternate Hypothesis of Mood’s Median Test

Null Hypothesis: The population Medians are all equal.



Alternate Hypothesis: The Medians are not all equal OR  At least 2 of them differ from each other.

H0 : M1 = M2 = M3 = ..... Mk  ; M= Median
H1 : At least two of them show significant difference.

Test Statistic for Mood’s Median Test

Test statistic for this type of test is the Chi=Squared statistic where we look for the Observed and Expected frequencies.

OiAM = Observed Frequencies of ith sample above Median
OiBM = Observed Frequencies of ith sample below Median
EiAM = Expected Frequencies of ith sample above Median
EiBM = Expected Frequencies of ith sample below Median

Rejection Criteria

We reject the Null Hypothesis if Test Statistic X0 is greater than the critical value at a given level of significance (alpha) and k-1 degrees of freedom.

Steps to Perform Mood’s Median Test

Let us take an example to understand how to perform this test.



Example: 35 Students from a City in India were asked to provide ratings for a restaurant chain in different areas of the city. There were 11 Students for Area A, 12 Students for Area B and 12 Students for Area C. The ratings are given on the basis of 4 conditions of cleanliness, taste etc. Each condition can get a maximum of 5 points hence a Restaurant can get a Maximum rating of 20 points. Test whether the Medians are the same for the 3 Restaurant chains. ( alpha = 5%)

Area AArea BArea C
171912
161516
131518
101713
191613
181215
161019
141920
151211
171313
181417
 1518

Step 1: Define NULL and Alternate Hypothesis

H0 : MA = MB = MC. M= Median.
H1 : At least two of them differ from each other.

Step 2: State Alpha (Level of Significance)

Alpha = 0.05

Step 3: Calculate Degrees of Freedom

DF = K-1       ; K = number of sample groups.
Here , DF = 3-1 =2.

Step 4:  Find out the Critical Chi-Square Value.

Use this table to find out the critical chi-square value for alpha = 0.05 and DF = 2.

X2 = 5.991

Step 5: State Decision Rule

If X02 is greater than 5.991 , reject the Null Hypothesis.

Step 6: Calculate the Overall Median

There are total 35 data entries so the median will be the 18th element after arranging in ascending order.

Arranging in ascending order - 
10 10 11 12 12 12 13 13 13 13 13 14 14 15 15 15 15 15 
16 16 16 16 17 17 17 17 18 18 18 18 19 19 19 19 20 

The overall median is 15

Step 7: Construct a table using the Observed values with two columns – one showing the number of ratings above the overall median for each Area and the other showing the number of ratings below the overall median for each Area.

Observed 
 Area AArea BArea CTotals
 > overall median74617
<= overall median48618
Totals11121235

Here 7 ratings in Area A are above the overall Median and 4 are below or equal to the overall Median.

Step 8: Construct a similar table of Expected values. 

The expected values are obtained by – 

(Coulmn total * Row Total) / N     ; N= total number of data entires

Here,  For Area A the Expected value for > overall median will be (11*17)/35 =  5.34
Expected 
 Area AArea BArea CTotals
> overall median5.435.835.8317
<= overall median5.666.176.1718
Totals11121235

Step 9: Calculate the Test Statistic

X02 = 2.067

Step 10: State Results

Since X02 is less than 5.991 , We accept the Null Hypothesis.

Step 11: State Conclusion

We can conclude that the Medians are the same for the 3 Restaurant Chains.

This is all about the Mood’s Median Test. For any queries do leave a comment down below.

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