Re: [R] Permutation Distribution

From: Charles C. Berry <>
Date: Fri 21 Jul 2006 - 03:45:38 EST

On Thu, 20 Jul 2006, Jacob van Wyk wrote:

> Hallo
> Is there an elegant way to do the following:
> Dataset consists of 2 variables: var1: some measurements, and var2: a grouping variable with two values, 1 and 2.
> There are (say) 10 measurements from group 1 and 15 measurements from group 2.
> The idea is to study the permutation distribution of mean(group 1) * mean(group2).
> One way would be to permute 1s and 2s and select the corresponding measurements; calculate the difference in means.
> Redo this 1000 times, say. Etc.

There are only choose(25,10) == 3268760 values.

You can enumerate all the sums of the values in one group following:

from which the products of the means are easily obtained.

Takes about 5 seconds on my 2GHz AMD running Windows XP.

HTH, Chuck

Charles C. Berry                        (858) 534-2098
                                          Dept of Family/Preventive Medicine
E	         UC San Diego         La Jolla, San Diego 92093-0717

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