I have a multivariate dataset with a test group and three control groups. I was thinking that the best way to determine if and how the test group differed from all of the control groups would be to perform a MANOVA, then perform contrast analysis between the test group and all of the control groups.

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I cannot seem to find a good description of how contrast analysis for MANOVA is performed.
Every tutorial/online class I can find, just talks about throwing the contrast into SPSS, or the univariate case.

  • Can anyone point me to a good tutorial on contrasts for MANOVA?


  • Is MANOVA with contrasts the appropriate way of answering my research question?
  • Would it be better to perform repeated Hotelling's tests on the test group vs each control group, and just use a Bonferroni correction?
  • $\begingroup$ Check out Applied Multivariate Analysis by author Neil H. Timm. He has written multiple books on this. Mary A. Marion $\endgroup$ – user60393 Mar 3 '15 at 14:18

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