analysis of variance
- noun a method of testing if real differences exist between sections of a population which is being sampled
- (written as Analysis of Variance)A procedure that uses the F-test to test the null hypothesis that the means of two or more groups are equal. It involves comparison of within and between group sample sums of squares (which is where the ' variance ' bit comes in).
- acronymANOVA (written as Analysis of Variance)