Re: [Rd] Fast Kendall's tau

From: Adler, Avraham <>
Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2012 10:15:48 -0500

> From: Terry Therneau []
> Sent: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 8:16 AM
> To:;; Adler, Avraham
> Subject: Re: Fast Kendall's tau
> Note that the survConcordance function, which is equivalent to Kendall's tau, also is O(n log n)
> and it does compute a variance. The variance is about 4/5 of the work.


> I agree with Brian, especially since the Spearman and Kendall results rarely (ever?) disagree
> on their main message for n>50. At the very most, one might add a footnote to the the help page for
> cor.test pointing to the faster codes.
> Terry T.

Thank you, Terry, for pointing me to survConcordance. As for documentation, I agree that would probably be optimal in terms of reward for least amount of work/disruption.

Thank you again,

Avraham Adler mailing list Received on Wed 27 Jun 2012 - 19:38:31 GMT

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