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See also: ANOVA, Combination of Several Distributions  
ANOVA  How to perform it
If these assumptions are not met, the analysis of variance can still be performed, but using different test procedures which are beyond the scope of this text.
Assuming that the data follows a normal distribution, we first have to test for equal variances^{(1)}. Depending on the samples several tests are available:
In the next step the analysis of variances is performed (remember the goal is to compare means, not variances). The null hypothesis for the ANOVA is that all sample means are the same. In order to achieve the ANOVA we have to calculate the mean of squares^{(2)} within each sample MS_{w} and the mean of squares among the samples MS_{b}. The mean of squares (MS) is defined as the sum of squares divided by the degrees of freedom. The test statistic F, which is defined by the ratio of MS_{b} to MS_{w}, is distributed according to an F distribution. A value higher than the critical value F_{k1;nk} indicates that the null hypothesis has to be rejected.


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