# Thread: paired or unpaired?

1. ## paired or unpaired?

Hi,

Need some advice, if I'm comparing species abundance in the same location across two different seasons is this paired or non-paired for Mann-Whitney-U?

2. ## Re: paired or unpaired?

So you have different measurements of species numbers at this location in each season, I guess? In this case you should better use a Poisson-regression model (since you have count data) with the categorical predictor "season" and the species number as the outcome. But do'nt you have the problem that the species abundance changes continuously with the time of year rather than changing suddenly with the season? In this case your data could show temporal autocorrelation, which has to be considered within the regression model.

3. ## Re: paired or unpaired?

I basically have 30 locations and for each location I have an abundance measure for 1 dry season and 1 rainy season. I thought Mann-Whitney-U was okay for this?

4. ## Re: paired or unpaired?

Originally Posted by whyisstatssohard
I basically have 30 locations and for each location I have an abundance measure for 1 dry season and 1 rainy season. I thought Mann-Whitney-U was okay for this?
What is the correlation between the 30 dry season and 30 rainy season data points?

5. ## Re: paired or unpaired?

p=0.0132 when paired=TRUE, but when paired=FALSE p=0.09667

So I need to decide whether it's paired or not because thats a big difference! I assumed paired as its the same locations being compared but friends have argued not paired as it will be different individual animals being recorded and the season is differen't. Seems like it should be so simple but I can't get my head around it!!

6. ## Re: paired or unpaired?

It looks like paired data to me, assuming that some sites are naturally more abundant than others. Find the site differences and see if the differences look normal. If the differences are more or less normal then I would use the paired t test. otherwise the Wilcoxon test.

7. ## Re: paired or unpaired?

Fab, it's not normally distributed so i'll do a paired wilcoxon

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