power.anova.test {ctest}R Documentation

Power calculations for balanced one-way analysis of variance tests


Compute power of test or determine parameters to obtain target power.


power.anova.test(groups = NULL, n = NULL, between.var = NULL,
                 within.var = NULL, sig.level = 0.05, power = NULL)


groups Number of groups
n Number of observations (per group)
between.var Between group variance
within.var Within group variance
sig.level Significance level (Type I error probability)
power Power of test (1 minus Type II error probability)


Exactly one of the parameters groups, n, between.var, power, within.var, and sig.level must be passed as NULL, and that parameter is determined from the others. Notice that sig.level has non-NULL default so NULL must be explicitly passed if you want it computed.


Object of class "power.htest", a list of the arguments (including the computed one) augmented with method and note elements.


uniroot is used to solve power equation for unknowns, so you may see errors from it, notably about inability to bracket the root when invalid arguments are given.


Claus Ekstrøm

See Also

anova, lm, uniroot


power.anova.test(groups=4, n=5, between.var=1, within.var=3)
# Power = 0.3535594

power.anova.test(groups=4, between.var=1, within.var=3,
# n = 11.92613

## Assume we have prior knowledge of the group means:
groupmeans <- c(120, 130, 140, 150)
power.anova.test(groups = length(groupmeans),
                 within.var=500, power=.90) # n = 15.18834

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