Oracle® Database SQL Reference 10g Release 1 (10.1) Part Number B1075901 


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A Mann Whitney test compares two independent samples to test the null hypothesis that two populations have the same distribution function against the alternative hypothesis that the two distribution functions are different.
The STATS_MW_TEST
does not assume that the differences between the samples are normally distributed, as do the STATS_T_TEST_
* functions. This function takes three arguments and a return value of type VARCHAR2
. expr1
classifies the data into groups. expr2
contains the values for each of the groups. The function returns one value, determined by the third argument. If you omit the third argument, the default is TWO_SIDED_SIG
. The meaning of the return values is shown in the table that follows.
Table 77 STATS_MW_TEST Return Values
Return Value  Meaning 

STATISTIC 
The observed value of Z 
U_STATISTIC 
The observed value of U 
ONE_SIDED_SIG 
Onetailed significance of Z 
TWO_SIDED_SIG 
Twotailed significance of Z 
STATS_MW_TEST
computes the probability that the samples are from the same distribution by checking the differences in the sums of the ranks of the values. If the samples come from the same distribution, then the sums should be close in value.
Using the Mann Whitney test, the following example determines whether the distribution of sales between men and women is due to chance:
SELECT STATS_MW_TEST (cust_gender, amount_sold, 'STATISTIC') z_statistic, STATS_MW_TEST (cust_gender, amount_sold, 'ONE_SIDED_SIG') one_sided_p_value FROM sh.customers c, sh.sales s WHERE c.cust_id = s.cust_id; Z_STATISTIC ONE_SIDED_P_VALUE   1.4011509 .080584471