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Mar 3, 2017 12:47 PM
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Hi, I am trying to run an ANOVA on a complex data set.

Long story short, there are 4 fixed factors (a,b,c,d), and one random factor

factor c is nested within b

The data are percentage growth, like this: [(final-initial)/final]*100

Some individuals shrunk (they are mussels and are known to do this), so I have negative values and some grew 100% (ie they are not bound by 0 and 100)

My residuals are not normally distributed, nor do they have equal variances.

In asking around, it seems the residuals may be cauchy distributed.

I have found that cauchy distribution means you can't do regular ANOVA. Does anyone have any tips?

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Mar 6, 2017 7:23 AM
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For starters the first thing I would evaluate is how does this apparent collection of non-normally distributed errors affect the practical questions your trying to address with the experiment? I encourage you to think about the practical questions first, then let the statistics (of which the distributional shape of the residuals is but one) guide you. If you've successfully answered the pratical questions that are being posed, and the magintude of the residuals is not problematic from a decision making point of view...well who cares if they are not normally distributed?

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