Perform Bartlett’s test for equal variances
Bartlett’s test tests the null hypothesis that all input samples are from populations with equal variances. For samples from significantly non-normal populations, Levene’s test levene is more robust.
sample1, sample2,... : array_like
arrays of sample data. May be different lengths.
statistic : float
The test statistic.
pvalue : float
The p-value of the test.
Conover et al. (1981) examine many of the existing parametric and nonparametric tests by extensive simulations and they conclude that the tests proposed by Fligner and Killeen (1976) and Levene (1960) appear to be superior in terms of robustness of departures from normality and power [R496].
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