Multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) is an extension of the univariate analysis of variance (ANOVA). In an ANOVA, we examine for statistical differences on one continuous dependent variable by an independent grouping variable. The MANOVA extends this analysis by taking into account multiple continuous dependent variables, and bundles them together into a weighted linear combination or composite variable. The MANOVA will compare whether or not the newly created combination differs by the different groups, or levels, of the independent variable. In this way, the MANOVA essentially tests whether or not the independent grouping variable simultaneously explains a statistically significant amount of variance in the dependent variable.
Do the various school assessments vary by grade level?
Do the rates of graduation among certain state universities differ by degree type?
Which diseases are better treated, if at all, by either X drug or Y drug?
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SPSS: Can be performed using the analysis menu, selecting the “GLM” option, and then choosing the “Multivariate” option from the GLM option.
Tabachnick, B. G. & Fidell, L. S. (2012). Using multivariate statistics (6th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.
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