[R] ks.test exact p-value

From: Kyle Hall <kylehall_at_vt.edu>
Date: Thu 27 Jul 2006 - 05:54:37 EST

R enthusiasts!

I have been simulating daily in-stream bacteria concentrations using a variety of scenarios. I am using the ks.test (two sample,two-sided) for analysis. My data sets are both of equal size (n=64).

My question is this: For the two sample, two sided ks.test, how is the exact P-value calculated?

I have not been able to find an explicit citation of how the P-value is calculated. I have read the help file which cites three publications and assigns those pubs to one version or another of the ks.test (eg. one sample, one-sided, etc.). I have also read to the Conover book (referenced but not cited). Conover tables are adapted from a Birnbaum and Hall (1960) paper, and then I have also found tables by Kim and Jennrich, but I feel I have found some disagreement between these sources (with regards to critical D values and p-values). I would like to compare the methods utilized by R version 2.3.0 on Windows XP.
Can anybody tell me the exact method for calculating the p-value for a two-sample, two sided ks.test?
Any help would greatly appreciated!

Kyle Hall
Graduate Research Assistant
Biological Systems Engineering
Virginia Tech
(540) 231-2083

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