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F-test of equality of variances

edited May 2016 in JASP & BayesFactor

Hi all,

I was wondering if there was a way to conduct a Bayesian F-test of equality of variances - I have two groups and I want to show that their variances are equal (H0 is true).

Is there a way to do this with JASP? or R? or any other way (I have a calculator and I'm not afraid to use it!)?




  • EJEJ
    edited 4:56PM

    Hi M,

    This is on our to-do list. A recent paper on the topic is here:

    I'm not sure whether there is R code, but I expect there is.


    edited 4:56PM

    Thanks EJ!

  • Hi all,

    I was wandering the same thing as MSB, and the link E.J. gave is dead now.

    I am looking for a Bayesian way to compare hypotheses of equal and unequal variances in two groups in the same way as it is usually done with means (with calculating BF). Does anyone know how to do this in R or in any other software?

    Thanks for your help,


  • If you have two strategy might be to take the F value from the Levene's test...square root it to turn it into a t value...and then use the "summary stats" feature within JASP.

  • Maybe that is a good approximation (in some circumstances...haven't checked it out) but it's not the real thing (i.e., computing a ratio of marginal likelihoods), and we need the real thing to check whether and under what circumstances the approximation is good.


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