Ted Pedersen

# NAME

Text::NSP::Measures::2D::Fisher - Perl module that provides methods to compute the Fishers exact tests.

# SYNOPSIS

### Basic Usage

``````  use Text::NSP::Measures::2D::Fisher::left;

my \$leftFisher = Text::NSP::Measures::2D::Fisher::left->new();

my \$npp = 60; my \$n1p = 20; my \$np1 = 20;  my \$n11 = 10;

\$leftFisher_value = \$leftFisher->calculateStatistic( n11=>\$n11,
n1p=>\$n1p,
np1=>\$np1,
npp=>\$npp);

if( (\$errorCode = \$leftFisher->getErrorCode()))
{
print STDERR \$erroCode." - ".\$leftFisher->getErrorMessage();
}
else
{
print \$leftFisher->getStatisticName."value for bigram is ".\$leftFisher_value;
}``````

# DESCRIPTION

Assume that the frequency count data associated with a bigram <word1><word2> is stored in a 2x2 contingency table:

``````          word2   ~word2
word1    n11      n12 | n1p
~word1    n21      n22 | n2p
--------------
np1      np2   npp``````

where n11 is the number of times <word1><word2> occur together, and n12 is the number of times <word1> occurs with some word other than word2, and n1p is the number of times in total that word1 occurs as the first word in a bigram.

The fishers exact tests are calculated by fixing the marginal totals and computing the hypergeometric probabilities for all the possible contingency tables,

A left sided test is calculated by adding the probabilities of all the possible two by two contingency tables formed by fixing the marginal totals and changing the value of n11 to less than the given value. A left sided Fisher's Exact Test tells us how likely it is to randomly sample a table where n11 is less than observed. In other words, it tells us how likely it is to sample an observation where the two words are less dependent than currently observed.

A right sided test is calculated by adding the probabilities of all the possible two by two contingency tables formed by fixing the marginal totals and changing the value of n11 to greater than or equal to the given value. A right sided Fisher's Exact Test tells us how likely it is to randomly sample a table where n11 is greater than observed. In other words, it tells us how likely it is to sample an observation where the two words are more dependent than currently observed.

A twotailed fishers test is calculated by adding the probabilities of all the contingency tables with probabilities less than the probability of the observed table. The twotailed fishers test tells us how likely it would be to observe an contingency table which is less probable than the current table.

## Methods

calculateStatistic() -This method calls the computeObservedValues() and the computeExpectedValues() methods to compute the observed and marginal total values. It checks thes values for any errors that might cause the Fishers Exact test measures to fail.

INPUT PARAMS : \$count_values .. Reference of an array containing the count values computed by the count.pl program.

RETURN VALUES : \$observed .. Observed contingency table counts.

calculateDistribution() - This method calculates the ll value

INPUT PARAMS : \$observed .. Observed contingency table counts. \$marginal .. Marginal totals for the cobtingency tables \$n11_start .. the value for the cell 1,1 in the first contingency table \$final_limit .. the value of cell 1,1 in the last contingency table for which we have to compute the probability.

RETURN VALUES : \$probability .. Reference to a hash containg hypergeometric probabilities for all the possible contingency tables

# AUTHOR

Ted Pedersen, University of Minnesota Duluth <tpederse@d.umn.edu>

Satanjeev Banerjee, Carnegie Mellon University <satanjeev@cmu.edu>

Amruta Purandare, University of Pittsburgh <amruta@cs.pitt.edu>

Bridget Thomson-McInnes, University of Minnesota Twin Cities <bthompson@d.umn.edu>

Saiyam Kohli, University of Minnesota Duluth <kohli003@d.umn.edu>

# HISTORY

Last updated: \$Id: Fisher.pm,v 1.18 2006/06/17 18:03:19 saiyam_kohli Exp \$

# SEE ALSO

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ngram/

http://www.d.umn.edu/~tpederse/nsp.html

Copyright (C) 2000-2006, Ted Pedersen, Satanjeev Banerjee, Amruta Purandare, Bridget Thomson-McInnes and Saiyam Kohli

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