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McNemar test doesn't produce a test statistic

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I'm running a McNemar test in CROSSTABS, and all I get is a probability. I don't see a chi-square value. Why not?

Resolving the problem

CROSSTABS computes the exact binomial probability rather than computing a significance based on an asymptotic chi-square approximation of a statistic to a chi-square distribution. There is thus no test statistic involved.

If you have a reason to absolutely need the chi-square approach, the NPTESTS procedure (Analyze>Nonparametric Tests>Related Samples in the menus) always produces the asypmtotic chi-square statistic and associated significance. If the number of off-diagonal elements of the 2x2 table is 25 or fewer, the results in the Hypothesis Test Summary table shown initially in the output are based on the exact binomial-based probability. However, if you double-click the object to open the Model Viewer, the table for the McNemar test in the Related Samples Test view on the right shows the (continuity-corrected) chi-square test statistic and associated asymptotic significance.

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More support for: SPSS Statistics

Software version: Not Applicable

Operating system(s): Platform Independent

Reference #: 1480521

Modified date: 07 September 2016

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