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Solving a One Way ANOVA with Excel using Python

December 8, 2021

Over the years, data has been an essential part of how the world works. This data can range from GDP to blood samples to every aspect of the world. As our data grew, statistics found ways to extract more meaning from them.

One of these methods is known as Analysis of variance (ANOVA). ANOVA is a set of statistical models that analyses the differences among means. Microsoft came up with statistical add-ins within Excel to solve these problems. However, Microsoft Excel is still somewhat limited. Later came tools like R-studio and Python.

With Python, the test for normality and homogeneity became easier. This tutorial will focus on creating an ANOVA table using Microsoft Excel, box plots to test the normality of a one-way ANOVA, and Bartlett’s rule for homogeneity with Python.


This tutorial requires readers to have proper knowledge on the following:


At the end of the tutorial, the reader will be able to:

  • Use Excel to create an ANOVA table.
  • Install necessary Python dependencies to create a box plot.
  • Test for normality using a box plot.
  • Test for homogeneity using Bartlett’s rule.

Setting up the environment

We’ll need to install Python and some of its dependencies to get started. Here is a link to download the latest Python executable based on your operating system.

We need to install the following dependencies:

  • pandas
  • matplotlib
  • seaborn

Installing pandas, matplotlib, seaborn

There are several methods to install Python dependencies, the most popular being the use of package managers like pip or conda.

To install pandas, we’ll need to:

  • Open our terminal (either our IDE’s terminal or command prompt).

Note: If you are using the command prompt, make sure to add the default folder to PATH.

  • Type in the following command:
python -m pip install pandas

Wait a moment until the dependency is installed. Next, we’ll follow the same steps for the other dependencies using the following commands respectively:

python -m pip install matplotlib
python -m pip install seaborn

After installing these dependencies, we’ll create an ANOVA table with Excel.

Getting started

Creating an ANOVA table with Excel

Microsoft Excels’s Analysis Toolpak add-in is a game-changer in statistical Analysis. We’ll show you how to create an ANOVA table containing the sum of squares, degree of freedom, mean squares, F value, P-value, F critical.

To perform a one-way ANOVA, implement the following step.

  • Import your data set in any preferred Excel format.

data set

  • Go to the Data tab, click on the Data Analysis sub-tab. If you can’t find the sub-tab, check the subheading beneath.
  • Select ANOVA: single factor and click ok.
  • Click on the input range and highlight the dataset you want to use.

input range

Note: Highlight the numbers in the data set alone.

  • You can decide if you want to view it in the same spreadsheet or another spreadsheet.


In our ANOVA table above, we analyzed the sum of squares and other values of the ANOVA. With this, we can solve a one-way ANOVA using Microsoft Excel.

Analysis toolpak

The analysis toolpak is an essential add-in for what we are trying to do. To load the add-in, we’ll do the following:

  • Click the file button or the Microsoft logo on the top left corner.
  • Select Excel options and scroll down to add-ins.
  • Out of the list, select Analysis Toolpak and click Go.
  • Check on Analysis Toolpak and select Ok.
  • Return to the Data tab, and you’ll notice the data analysis sub-tab.

Testing for normality using box plots

We’ll create a Python file and import Pandas, Matplotlib, and Seaborn into our code. Pandas, Matplotlib & Seaborn are Python libraries used for data analysis.

These libraries are of great importance in data visualization. Pandas imports tons of data formats, while Matplotlib and Seaborn are visualization libraries used to generate powerful visualizations. Seaborn is a library that compiles statistical graphics in Python.

Next, we’ll read our dataset using the read() method from the pandas library (we used a CSV file format). We will reshape the data frame suitable for the statistical model package using the melt() method and replace the column names in the line below it from the pandas library.

Then, we’ll generate a boxplot to see the data distribution by treatments using our seaborn tool and plt.show() function to display our box plot.

Note: When reading from a directory, use double backslash or put r at the front of the directory address encased in a quote symbol.

unicode error

Below is an implementation of the instructions above:

import pandas as pd
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import seaborn as sns
data_set = pd.read_csv(r"C:\Users\DELL\Desktop\one-way-anova-excel-testing-normality-homogeneity-using-python\assignments.csv")
data_set_melt = pd.melt(data_set.reset_index(), id_vars=['index'], value_vars=['A', 'B', 'C', 'D', 'E'])
data_set_melt.columns = ['index', 'treatments', 'value']
ax = sns.boxplot(x='treatments', y='value', data=data_set_melt, color='#99c2a2')
ax = sns.swarmplot(x="treatments", y="value", data=data_set_melt, color='#7d0013')

On the implementation, the plot is shown below:


Testing for homogeneity using Bartlett’s rule

Before we show the process involved, we’ll talk a bit about this rule. Maurice Stevenson Bartlett invented the rule. It is a procedure used to check if samples drawn from different populations have the same variances.

It tests the assumption that differences in group sizes are equal across groups. The conventional structure of this test involves:

  • Creating a hypothesis (null and alternate).
  • Calculating the test statistic.
  • Finding the critical value.
  • Concluding.

Good news! Python has compiled these processes into a short line of code. To do this, we’ll import scipy.stats and call Bartlett’s method on our data set.


A = 7,12,14,19,7
B = 7,17,18,25,10
C = 15,12,18,22,11
D = 11,18,19,19,15
E = 9,18,19,23,11

import scipy.stats as stats 

print(stats.bartlett(A, B, C, D, E))

When we run the code above on our terminal, we should get:



We can conduct several tests for normality and homogeneity in ANOVA using Python. In this article, we’ve learned how to test for normality with box plots and homogeneity with Bartlett’s rule.

Happy coding!

Further reading

Peer Review Contributions by: Willies Ogola