Re: [R] t-test problem

From: Oscar Rueda <>
Date: Thu, 17 Jun 2010 13:30:30 +0100

Hi Worik,

You can try
2*pt(abs(t1$statistic), t1$parameter, lower.tail=FALSE)

If the test is two sided.


Oscar M. Rueda, PhD
Postdoc, Breast Cancer Functional Genomics Cancer Research UK Cambridge Research Institute Li Ka Shing Centre
Robinson Way
Cambridge CB2 0RE

On 16/6/10 23:30, "Worik R" <> wrote:

> I have two pairs of related vectors
> x1,y1
> and
> x2,y2
> I wish to do a test for differences in means of x1 and y1, ditto x2 and y2.
> I am getting odd results. I am not sure I am using 'pt' properly...
> I have not included the raw vectors as they are long. I am interested if I
> am using R properly...

>> c(length(x1), length(y1), length(x2), length(y2))

> [1] 3436 1619 2677 2378
> First where the T-stat and the DF do not give the same result as 't.test'
> when passed into 'pt'
>> t.1 <- t.test(x1, y1)
>> 2 * pt(t.1$statistic, t.1$parameter)

> t
> 1.353946
>> t.1$p.value

> [1] 0.646054
> I would have thought these would have been the same. Like below....
>> t.2 <- t.test(x2, y2)
>> 2 * pt(t.2$statistic, t.2$parameter)

> t
> 0.8679732
>> t.2$p.value

> [1] 0.8679732
> This is what I expect.
> clearly I misunderstand some thing. What is it?
> cheers
> Worik
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