Each multiple comparison test begins with a comparison circles plot, which is a visual representation of group mean comparisons. Visual Comparison of Group Means shows the comparison circles for the All Pairs, Tukey HSD method. Other comparison tests lengthen or shorten the radii of the circles.

Compare each pair of group means visually by examining the intersection of the comparison circles. The outside angle of intersection tells you whether the group means are significantly different. See Angles of Intersection and Significance.

If the intersection angle is close to 90 degrees, you can verify whether the means are significantly different by clicking on the comparison circle to select it. See Highlighting Comparison Circles. To deselect circles, click in the white space outside the circles.