# The best method to compare survey response? [duplicate]

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What would be the best method to compare to products on a question rated 1-7?

The current technique being utilized in my team is compare mean for the 2 groups using F test.

but doesn't it violates the very assumption of normal distribution of variable being compared?

## marked as duplicate by Nick Cox, John, Peter Flom - Reinstate Monica♦Apr 1 '15 at 11:05

• Short answer: Yes, in theory, but in practice no, as the $F$ test is extremely robust to violations against the normality assumptions. As long as you don’t have extremely small sample sizes, the means you’re comparing are approximately normally distributed (by the central limit theorem). – Karl Ove Hufthammer Apr 1 '15 at 8:25