Re: [R] Lack of independence in anova()

From: Spencer Graves <>
Date: Thu 07 Jul 2005 - 12:04:26 EST

Hi, Duncan & Göran:

          Consider the following: X, Y, Z have symmetric distributions with the following restrictions:

	  P(X=1)=P(X=-1)=x with P(|X|<1)=0 so P(|X|>1)=1-2x.
	  P(Y=1)=P(Y=-1)=y with P(|Y|<1)=0 so P(|Y|>1)=1-2y.
	  P(Z=1)=P(Z=-1)=z with P(|Z|>1)=0 so P(|Z|<1)=1-2z.


	  P(X/Z=1)=2xz, P(Y/Z=1)=2yz, and

	  Independence requires that this last probability is 4xyz^2.  This is 
true only if z=0.5. If z<0.5, then X/Z and Y/Z are clearly dependent.         
	  How's this?
	  spencer graves

Duncan Murdoch wrote:

> (Ted Harding) wrote:

>>On 06-Jul-05 Göran Broström wrote:
>>>On Wed, Jul 06, 2005 at 10:06:45AM -0700, Thomas Lumley wrote:
>>>>If X, Y, and Z are independent and Z takes on more than one
>>>>value then X/Z and Y/Z can't be independent.
>>>Not really true. I  can produce a counterexample on request
>>>(admittedly quite trivial though).
>>>Göran Broström
>>But true if both X  and Y have positive probability of being
>>non-zero, n'est-pas?
>>Tut, tut, Göran!

> If X and Y are independent with symmetric distributions about zero, and
> Z is is supported on +/- A for some non-zero constant A, then X/Z and
> Y/Z are still independent. There are probably other special cases too.
> Duncan Murdoch
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