Supplement Material for Summer Seminar 2010 of
Statistical Analysis in Experimental Economics

What statistical analysis should I use?

A B C D E F G H I J  

Number of
Dependent
Variables

Nature of 
Independent
Variables(IVs)

Nature of Dependent
Variable(s)

Test(s)

How to
Stata
How to
SPSS
Samples in EE Calculate
by Hand
    1

1

 0 IVs
(1 population)

interval & normal

one-sample t-test

Stata SPSS         2

ordinal or interval

one-sample median

Stata SPSS         3

categorical
 (2 categories)

binomial test

Stata SPSS         4
categorical

 Chi-square goodness-of-fit

Stata SPSS         5

 1 IV with 2 levels 
(independent groups)
 

interval & normal

2 independent sample t-test

Stata SPSS         6

 ordinal or interval

Wilcoxon-Mann Whitney test Stata SPSS         7

 categorical

 Chi- square test

Stata SPSS         8
Fisher's exact test Stata SPSS         9

1 IV with 2 or more levels (independent groups)

interval & normal

one-way ANOVA

Stata SPSS         10

ordinal or interval

Kruskal Wallis

Stata SPSS         11

categorical

Chi- square test

Stata SPSS         12

1 IV with 2 levels
(dependent/matched groups)

interval & normal

paired t-test 

Stata SPSS         13

 ordinal or interval

Wilcoxon signed ranks test 

Stata SPSS         14

 categorical

McNemar

Stata SPSS         15

1 IV with 2 or more levels
(dependent/matched groups)

interval & normal

one-way repeated measures ANOVA

Stata SPSS         16

ordinal or interval

Friedman test

Stata SPSS         17

categorical

repeated measures logistic regression

Stata SPSS         18

2 or more IVs
(independent groups)

interval & normal

factorial ANOVA

Stata SPSS         19

ordinal or interval

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categorical

factorial 
logistic regression

Stata SPSS         21

1 interval IV

interval & normal

correlation 

Stata SPSS         22

simple linear regression

Stata SPSS         23

ordinal or interval

 non-parametric correlation

Stata SPSS         24

categorical

simple logistic regression

Stata SPSS         25
1 or more interval IVs and/or
1 or more categorical IVs
interval & normal

multiple regression

Stata SPSS         26
analysis of covariance Stata SPSS         27

categorical

multiple logistic regression

Stata SPSS         28
discriminant analysis Stata SPSS         29

2 or more

1 IV with 2 or more levels
(independent groups)

interval & normal one-way MANOVA Stata SPSS         30

2 or more

2 or more

interval & normal

multivariate multiple linear regression

Stata SPSS         31

2 sets of 
2 or more

0

interval & normal

canonical correlation

Stata SPSS         32

2 or more

0

interval & normal

factor analysis

Stata SPSS         33

Number of
Dependent
Variables

Nature of 
Independent
Variables

Nature of Dependent
Variable(s)

Test(s)

How to
Stata
How to
SPSS
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This page was adapted from Choosing the Correct Statistic developed by James D. Leeper, Ph.D. 
Bruin, J. 2006. newtest: command to compute new test.  UCLA: Academic Technology Services, Statistical Consulting Group.