How to compare variances of non-normal samples

A practical introduction to the Levene test

Gianluca Malato
3 min readJan 23, 2023

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The Levene test for variance is a statistical test that is used to determine whether or not the variances of two or more groups are equal. This test is often used in experimental design to ensure that the groups being compared are similar in terms of their variability. In this post, I will discuss the benefits of the Levene test and provide an example of how to use it in Python to compare the variance of a sample drawn from a normal distribution and a sample drawn from a uniform distribution.

Benefits of the Levene Test

One of the main benefits of the Levene test is that it can be used with data that is not normally distributed. Unlike other tests, such as the F-test, the Levene test is not affected by non-normal data and can still provide accurate results. This makes it an important tool for experimental design and data analysis, as it allows us to make more accurate conclusions about our data and make better decisions in our research.

Additionally, the Levene test is also robust to outliers and skewness in the data, making it a suitable choice for datasets that may have extreme values. It can also be applied to both continuous and categorical data, making it a versatile tool for different types of…

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Gianluca Malato

Theoretical Physicists, Data Scientist and fiction author. I teach Data Science, statistics and SQL on YourDataTeacher.com. E-mail: gianluca@gianlucamalato.it