# Biserial Correlation and Kendall Coefficient of Concordance

Biserial Correlation and Kendall Coefficient of Concordance.

Hilighlights:

• Biserial correlation
• Kendal coefficient of Concordance

Biserial correlation is used to find the relationship between nominal dichotomous variable which has assumption of underline continuity and a continuous variable.(interval/ratio). Such variable are normally psychological construct like attitude, interest, anger, anxiety etc.

Where,

MeanY1 = mean of scores of students who got the item correct

MeanY0 = mean of scores of students who got the item wrong

sdY = standard deviation of the scores of students

P = proportion of students who got the item correct

Q = proportion of students who got the item wrong

Yord = ordinate of the standard normal curve at the point of division between P and Q.

This is similar to the Point Biserial correlation but the only difference is the y-ordinate(yord).

Example: Assuming a researcher is interested in finding the relationship between student anxiety level and achievement in chemistry. Using the data given below

 Anxiety Chemistry 0 19 1 15 0 20 0 14 0 17 1 12 1 8 0 6 1 9 0 10

## Biserial Correlation and Kendall Coefficient of Concordance

Solution

 Anxiety Chemistry(Y) Y-squre 0 19 361 1 15 225 0 20 400 0 14 196 0 17 289 1 12 144 1 8 64 0 6 36 1 9 81 0 10 100 Total 1896

Note: we will code anxiety as follows;

Low anxiety = 0

High Anxiety = 1

MeanY1 =  (15+12+8+9)/4 = 11

MeanY0 = (19+20+14+17+6+10)/6 = 14.3

P =4/10 = 0.4

Q = 6/10  = 0.6

SdY = 4.54(using raw score formula)

### How to Determine Y-ordinate

To find the value of Yord, we find the area and ordinate of Z under the standard normal curve at which 40% is above (upper tail).

Z(40%) 0r 0.4 = 0.253

Go to the area and ordinate of the normal curve. Notice that to get 0.253, since what we have on the standard table is 0.25 only, it means that 0.253 is between 0.25 and 0.26. so we are going to find area and ordinate of 0.25 and 0.26.

 Z Area Ordinate 0.25 0.9871 0.38667 0.26 0.10257 0.38568 difference 0.00386 0.00099

Note; in ordinate, the lesser z-value has the highest ordinate.

So in the subtraction done in the above table, we took the area of z-value(0.25) form z-value(0.26) and we took the Ordinate of z-value(0.26) from the ordinate of z-value(0.25), reason be that the lesser z-value has the highest ordinate.

So the next step is to divide the value of the ordinate gotten from the subtraction by 3

= 0.00099/3 = 0.00033

So finally, ordinate for 0.253 = 0.38667 – 0.00033 = 0.38634

Yord = 0.38634

Now applying the formula

Yb = (11-14.3)/4.54Sqr(0.40.6/0.38634)

= -0.573

#### Drawing inference

This shows that there is a high negative relationship between student anxiety level and their achievement in chemistry. This implies that students with high anxiety level tended to achieve high in chemistry and students with low anxiety level tended to achieve low in Chemistry.

Biserial correlation coefficient ranges from -1 to +1 but there are exceptional cases where the Biserial coefficient can take values greater than 1 or -1. This can happen when the point of division of the variable underlying the continuity depreciates appreciably from normal. That means that the point of division between P and Q moves far away from 0.5

##### Kendall Coefficient of Concordance (w)

This is used when we are interested in finding the relationship between the ranking of more than two judges or raters or scorers. It is used when we have ordinal data. The value of Kendall coefficient of concordance ranges from 0 to 1. Zero represents no agreement and 1 represent a perfect agreement.

The formula

Where,  m = number of judges or raters, n = number of students.

Example: Assuming a researcher is interested to determine the relationship among the ranks of 4 judges with the data given below

 S/N Judge A JudgeB Judge C JudgeD 1 3 1 6 7 2 2 2 8 1 3 5 3 1 8 4 7 5 7 5 5 1 8 3 3 6 8 4 4 6 7 4 7 2 2 8 6 6 5 4

Solution

 S/N JA J B J C J D SR D D-sqr 1 3 1 6 7 17 -1 1 2 2 2 8 1 13 -5 25 3 5 3 1 8 17 -1 1 4 7 5 7 5 24 6 36 5 1 8 3 3 15 -3 9 6 8 4 4 6 22 4 16 7 4 7 2 2 15 -3 9 8 6 6 5 4 21 3 9 Total 144 106

To get SR(sum of rank) column, the addition is done horizontally for each entries. AR(average rank) is gotten by taking the average of SR.

Average Rank(AR) =144/8 = 18

The ‘D’ known as deviation is gotten column is gotten by subtracting the average rank(AR) from the individual SR column. i.e SR – AR. And the D-square is gotten by squaring the ‘D’ column.

m = 4, n = 8

W = (12106)/844(88 – 1)

= 1272/8064

= 0.16

This shows a low relationship among the ranking of the judges, it implies the judges rarely agree.