# Statistical reviewing trick: Testing arbitrary contrasts based on summary statistics

(Note: This is one of three posts that I wrote some time ago that have just been languishing under the “Misc.” tab of my website for a while, because for whatever reason I didn’t feel that they were a good fit for my blog. Well, I’ve decided to go ahead and move them to the blog, so here you go!)

Following the discussion in this recent thread and spunky’s request therein, here is a neat trick one can use to test arbitrary contrasts for ANOVA models, and even multiple degree of freedom tests, using only some basic summary statistics of the kind that would be reported in a manuscript — without needing access to the raw data.

### Setup

We need the following three pieces of information to do these tricks:

• the cell means
• the sample sizes per cell
• at least one F-ratio corresponding to any of the possible contrasts from the ANOVA model

So let’s say we have a manuscript on our desk in which the authors conducted a 2*2 factorial ANOVA, with factors $A$ (having levels $A_{+1}$ and $A_{-1}$) and $B$ (having levels $B_{+1}$ and $B_{-1}$). They give a table of means and sample sizes by cell, but for whatever reason only report the test of the interaction. So we have the following information:


# cell means
round(tapply(dat$y, list(A = dat$A,B = dat$B), mean), 2) # B # A -1 1 # -1 103.54 99.28 # 1 99.59 102.61 # cell sample sizes table(A = dat$A,B =  dat$B) # B # A -1 1 # -1 18 23 # 1 23 16 # t statistic for interaction contrast summary(lm(y ~ A + B + AB, data=dat))$coef["AB",]
#    Estimate  Std. Error     t value    Pr(>|t|)
# 1.819051097 0.570385136 3.189162871 0.002073302


### Case 1: single degree of freedom tests

Perhaps as curious readers we are interested in knowing whether the $A_{+1}, B_{+1}$ cell differs from the other three cells. In other words we want to test the contrast below labeled “new”:


cbind(contr, new = c(3,-1,-1,-1))
#       A  B AB new
# [1,]  1  1  1   3
# [2,]  1 -1 -1  -1
# [3,] -1  1 -1  -1
# [4,] -1 -1  1  -1


Following the formula here, the F-ratio can be computed as

$F = \frac{MSR}{MSE} = \frac{SSR/(p_{large} - p_{small})}{SSE/(N - p_{large})}$

where $p_{large}$ and $p_{small}$ are the numbers of parameters in the full model and the nested model, respectively; and $N$ is the total sample size.

So the only two missing quantities here are SSR and SSE. If we can get those we can compute the desired F-ratio.

Given a particular contrast $\lambda$,

SSR for $\lambda$ = $\frac{(\sum_{j=1}^J \lambda_j \bar{Y_j})^2}{\sum_{j=1}^J (\lambda_j^2/n_j)}$

where $\lambda_j$ is the contrast weight for group $j$, $\bar{Y_j}$ is the mean for group $j$, $J$ is the number of groups, and $n_j$ is the number of observations in group $j$.

So in this data we have

$SSR_{new} = \frac{[3(102.61) - 99.59 - 99.28 - 103.54]^2}{9/16 + 1/23 + 1/23 + 1/18} = 41.67$.

Now we need to get SSE. To do this, we can use the same formula to compute SSR for a contrast for which we already know F, and then rearrange the F-ratio formula to solve for SSE.

So for the known interaction contrast we have

$SSR_{interaction} = \frac{(102.61 - 99.59 - 99.28 + 103.54)^2}{1/16 + 1/23 + 1/23 + 1/18} = 258.51$.

Solving the F formula for SSE gives

$SSE = \frac{SSR(N - p_{large})}{F(p_{large} - p_{small})}$.

Since $t^2 = F$, we can now just plug in the numbers to get

$SSE = \frac{258.51(80 - 4)}{10.17(4 - 3)} = 1931.84$,

so that finally we have

$F_{new} = \frac{41.67/(4 - 3)}{1931.84/(80 - 4)} = 1.64$.

And we can check our work by running anova() on the dataset after recoding the contrasts:


anova(lm(y ~ other1 + other2 + new, data=dat))
# Analysis of Variance Table
#
# Response: y
#           Df  Sum Sq Mean Sq F value   Pr(>F)
# other1     1   38.06  38.056  1.4988 0.224639
# other2     1  191.60 191.604  7.5462 0.007505 **
# new        1   41.50  41.496  1.6343 0.205002
# Residuals 76 1929.70  25.391
# ---
# Signif. codes:  0 ‘***’ 0.001 ‘**’ 0.01 ‘*’ 0.05 ‘.’ 0.1 ‘ ’ 1


Aside from some minimal rounding error, we have it.

### Case 2: multiple degree of freedom tests

Given the same data as above, suppose now that for some reason we wish to see the 2 degree of freedom test comparing the full ANOVA model (factors A, B, and their interaction) to a model that only includes factor A.

We already saw above how to solve for SSE (and in fact we already computed it–we are using the same Full model so SSE will be the same). However, here we will get SSR in a slightly different way, using

$SSR = \sum_{i=1}^N(\hat{Y}_{iSmall} - \hat{Y}_{iLarge})^2$,

where $\hat{Y}_{iSmall}$ is the predicted value for observation $i$ under the smaller or reduced model, $\hat{Y}_{iLarge}$ is the predicted value for observation $i$ under the larger or full model, and $N$ is the number of observations. Essentially, we are treating the predicted values from the more complex model as the data to be predicted and then computing the sum of squared errors in the normal fashion.

In the ANOVA case, this formula can be written more simply as

$SSR = \sum_{j=1}^Jn_j(\hat{Y}_{jSmall} - \hat{Y}_{jLarge})^2$,

where $n_j$ is the number of observations in group $j$, $\hat{Y}_{jSmall}$ is the predicted value for group $j$ under the smaller or reduced model, $\hat{Y}_{jLarge}$ is the predicted value for group $j$ under the larger or full model, and $J$ is the number of groups.

The predicted values from the Large model are straightforward: they are the group means. For the Small model, we have two sets of predicted values, those for $A_{+1}$ and $A_{-1}$, and in both cases these predicted values are weighted averages of the two cell means at each level (i.e., collapsing across the $B$ factor), weighted by cell size.

For $A_{+1}$:

$\hat{Y}_{A_{+1}Small} = \frac{[23(99.59) + 16(102.61)]}{23 + 16} = 100.83$

For $A_{-1}$:

$\hat{Y}_{A_{-1}Small} = \frac{[18(103.54) + 23(99.28)]}{18 + 23} = 101.15$

So using the simplified SSR formula, we have

$SSR = 18(101.15 - 103.54)^2 + 23(101.15 - 99.28)^2$
$+ 23(100.83 - 99.59)^2 + 16(100.83 - 102.61)^2 = 269.31$,

which makes our F-ratio

$F = \frac{269.31/(4 - 2)}{1931.84/(80 - 4)} = 5.30$.

Checking our work:


anova(lm(y ~ A, data=dat),
lm(y ~ A + B + AB, data=dat))
# Analysis of Variance Table
#
# Model 1: y ~ A
# Model 2: y ~ A + B + AB
#   Res.Df    RSS Df Sum of Sq      F   Pr(>F)
# 1     78 2198.8
# 2     76 1929.7  2    269.06 5.2983 0.007013 **
# ---
# Signif. codes:  0 ‘***’ 0.001 ‘**’ 0.01 ‘*’ 0.05 ‘.’ 0.1 ‘ ’ 1


And again we have it, save for minimal rounding error.