Variance ratio test (F-test)
The F-test is used to compare the variances of two samples.
In the dialog box first identify the variables for sample 1 and sample 2. You can use the button to select variables and selection criteria in the variables list.
Logarithmic transformation: select this option if the data are positively skewed.
The program displays summary statistics and the variances of the two samples. Next the results of the variance ratio test and the F-statistic is given, which is the ratio of the larger variance over the smaller, with its associated (two-sided) P-value. If the P-value is less than the conventional 0.05, the null hypothesis is rejected and the conclusion is that the two variances differ significantly.
If you selected the Log transformation option, the program will give the back-transformed summary statistics. The variance of the logs cannot be back-transformed meaningfully and therefore the variances and the variance ratio are given on the log-transformed scale.