The following notation is used in this section:

response number (count) in the ith group 

k 
number of groups 


sample size of the ith group 

N 
total sample size 


proportion in the ith group, where 


weighted average of proportions across groups:



significance level 


critical value for ANOM for normal data in the balanced case 


critical value for ANOM for normal data in the unbalanced case 
By default, the central line on an ANOM p chart is computed as , the weighted average of the group proportions. You can specify with the P= option or with the variable _P_
in a LIMITS= data set.
For the ith group, the response counts are assumed to have the binomial distribution . The ANOM method for proportions tests the null hypothesis that , that is, that the proportions are the same, against the alternative that at least one of the ’s is different from the average of the k proportions.
The decision limits are computed using the normal approximation to the binomial distribution, which is appropriate when the sample sizes for the groups are large; refer to Ramig (1983). A commonly recommended check for this assumption is that and for all the groups. The critical values in the ANOM method for normally distributed data are adapted to the binomial case by using infinite degrees of freedom for the variance.
When the sample sizes are constant across groups (), the decision limits are computed as follows:






For the theoretical derivation of the decision limits, refer to Nelson (1982a).
When the sample sizes () are different across groups (the unbalanced case), the decision limits are computed as follows:






Note that the decision limits for the ith group depend on . If the sample sizes are constant across groups (), the decision limits in the unbalanced case reduce to the formulas given for the balanced case since and so

For the derivation of the decision limits for unequal sample sizes, refer to Nelson (1991).
Exact critical values were first tabulated by L. S. Nelson (1983). Refer to Nelson (1993) for derivation of critical values.
You can specify parameters for the limits as follows:
Specify with the ALPHA= option or with the variable _ALPHA_
in a LIMITS= data set. By default, = 0.05
.
Specify a constant nominal sample size for the decision limits with the LIMITN= option or with the variable _LIMITN_
in a LIMITS= data set. By default, n is the observed sample size in the balanced case.
Specify with the P= option or with the variable _P_
in a LIMITS= data set. By default, is the weighted average of the group proportions.