## Beginners question about the Man-whitney test

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dalej
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### Beginners question about the Man-whitney test

Im comparing the differences between 2 values from to different groups. The results i retrieved from the MW test gave a significant P value for when comparing the values of 8.1 and 30.1 BUT NO SIGNIFICANT P VALUE for 2 and 42.9 which is clearly a increased difference. These results im putting forward are important and I just wanted to know if anyone can explain these results and if this is normal for this kind of test. Thanks in advance for any help!

PS if this helps this was the data used for the 2 groups:

Group A
0% 0% 19.4% 8% 6% 12% 11.5% MEAN 8.1%

0% 0% 13.8% 0% 0% 0% 0% MEAN 2%

Group B
23% 14.2% 20% 60% 0% 41.6% 52.6% MEAN 30.2%

100% 0% 0% 100% 0% 100% 0% MEAN 42.9%
GerineL
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### Re: Beginners question about the Man-whitney test

The mann whitney u test does not compare means but compares distributions (more or less) between groups.
dalej
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### Re: Beginners question about the Man-whitney test

What test do you recommend for comparing 2 percentages from 2 different groups?

PS. I didnt put the means into spss, I just put them there to reference the data to my original question!
GerineL
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### Re: Beginners question about the Man-whitney test

This may just be a t-test, but depends on the distribution within your 2 vars.

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