Spearman's rho

Density, distribution function, quantile function, random generator and summary function for Spearman's rho.

dSpearman(x, r, log=FALSE)
pSpearman(q, r,  lower.tail=TRUE, log.p=FALSE)
qSpearman(p, r,  lower.tail=TRUE, log.p=FALSE)
rSpearman(n, r)
vector of non-negative quantities
vector of probabilities
number of values to generate. If n is a vector, length(n) values will be generated
(r >= 3) vector of number of observations
log, log.p
logical vector; if TRUE, probabilities p are given as log(p)
logical vector; if TRUE (default), probabilities are $P[X <= x]$,="" otherwise,="" $p[x=""> x]$

Spearman's rho is the rank correlation coefficient between r pairs of items. It ranges from -1 to 1. Denote by d, the sum of squares of the differences between the matched ranks, then x is given by:


This is, in fact, the product-moment correlation coefficient of rank differences. See Kendall (1975), Chapter 2. It is identical to Friedman's chi-squared for two treatments scaled to the -1, 1 range -- if X is the Friedman statistic, then $\rho=frac{X}{r-1)-1}{rho = X/(r-1) -1}.

Exact calculations are made for \eqn{r \le 100}{r <= 100}<="" p="">

These exact calculations are made using the algorithm of Kendall and Smith (1939).

The incomplete beta, with continuity correction, is used for calculations outside this range.$

The output values conform to the output from other such functions in R. dSpearman() gives the density, pSpearman() the distribution function and qSpearman() its inverse. rSpearman() generates random numbers. sSpearman() produces a list containing parameters corresponding to the arguments -- mean, median, mode, variance, sd, third cental moment, fourth central moment, Pearson's skewness, skewness, and kurtosis.

Kendall, M. (1975). Rank Correlation Methods. Griffin, London.

Kendall, M. and Smith, B.B. (1939). The problem of m rankings. Ann. Math. Stat. 10. 275-287.

[object Object] pSpearman(.95, 10) pSpearman(c(-0.55,0,0.55), 10) ## approximately 5% 50% and 95% sSpearman(10) plot(function(x)dSpearman(x, 10),-.9,.9) distribution

  • dSpearman
  • pSpearman
  • qSpearman
  • rSpearman
  • sSpearman
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