scipy.stats.mannwhitneyu(x, y, use_continuity=True)[source]

Computes the Mann-Whitney rank test on samples x and y.

Parameters :

x, y : array_like

Array of samples, should be one-dimensional.

use_continuity : bool, optional

Whether a continuity correction (1/2.) should be taken into account. Default is True.

Returns :

u : float

The Mann-Whitney statistics.

prob : float

One-sided p-value assuming a asymptotic normal distribution.


Use only when the number of observation in each sample is > 20 and you have 2 independent samples of ranks. Mann-Whitney U is significant if the u-obtained is LESS THAN or equal to the critical value of U.

This test corrects for ties and by default uses a continuity correction. The reported p-value is for a one-sided hypothesis, to get the two-sided p-value multiply the returned p-value by 2.

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