Cochran's Q test  overview
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Cochran's Q test  $z$ test for a single proportion 


Independent/grouping variable  Independent variable  
One within subject factor ($\geq 2$ related groups)  None  
Dependent variable  Dependent variable  
One categorical with 2 independent groups  One categorical with 2 independent groups  
Null hypothesis  Null hypothesis  
H_{0}: $\pi_1 = \pi_2 = \ldots = \pi_I$
Here $\pi_1$ is the population proportion of 'successes' for group 1, $\pi_2$ is the population proportion of 'successes' for group 2, and $\pi_I$ is the population proportion of 'successes' for group $I.$  H_{0}: $\pi = \pi_0$
Here $\pi$ is the population proportion of 'successes', and $\pi_0$ is the population proportion of successes according to the null hypothesis.  
Alternative hypothesis  Alternative hypothesis  
H_{1}: not all population proportions are equal  H_{1} two sided: $\pi \neq \pi_0$ H_{1} right sided: $\pi > \pi_0$ H_{1} left sided: $\pi < \pi_0$  
Assumptions  Assumptions  

 
Test statistic  Test statistic  
If a failure is scored as 0 and a success is scored as 1:
$Q = k(k  1) \dfrac{\sum_{groups} \Big (\mbox{group total}  \frac{\mbox{grand total}}{k} \Big)^2}{\sum_{blocks} \mbox{block total} \times (k  \mbox{block total})}$ Here $k$ is the number of related groups (usually the number of repeated measurements), a group total is the sum of the scores in a group, a block total is the sum of the scores in a block (usually a subject), and the grand total is the sum of all the scores. Before computing $Q$, first exclude blocks with equal scores in all $k$ groups.  $z = \dfrac{p  \pi_0}{\sqrt{\dfrac{\pi_0(1  \pi_0)}{N}}}$
Here $p$ is the sample proportion of successes: $\dfrac{X}{N}$, $N$ is the sample size, and $\pi_0$ is the population proportion of successes according to the null hypothesis.  
Sampling distribution of $Q$ if H_{0} were true  Sampling distribution of $z$ if H_{0} were true  
If the number of blocks (usually the number of subjects) is large, approximately the chisquared distribution with $k  1$ degrees of freedom  Approximately the standard normal distribution  
Significant?  Significant?  
If the number of blocks is large, the table with critical $X^2$ values can be used. If we denote $X^2 = Q$:
 Two sided:
 
n.a.  Approximate $C\%$ confidence interval for $\pi$  
  Regular (large sample):
 
Equivalent to  Equivalent to  
Friedman test, with a categorical dependent variable consisting of two independent groups. 
 
Example context  Example context  
Subjects perform three different tasks, which they can either perform correctly or incorrectly. Is there a difference in task performance between the three different tasks?  Is the proportion of smokers amongst office workers different from $\pi_0 = 0.2$? Use the normal approximation for the sampling distribution of the test statistic.  
SPSS  SPSS  
Analyze > Nonparametric Tests > Legacy Dialogs > K Related Samples...
 Analyze > Nonparametric Tests > Legacy Dialogs > Binomial...
 
Jamovi  Jamovi  
Jamovi does not have a specific option for the Cochran's Q test. However, you can do the Friedman test instead. The $p$ value resulting from this Friedman test is equivalent to the $p$ value that would have resulted from the Cochran's Q test. Go to:
ANOVA > Repeated Measures ANOVA  Friedman
 Frequencies > 2 Outcomes  Binomial test
 
Practice questions  Practice questions  