I’ve received a results from a Mann-Whitney rank test that I don’t understand.

The median of the 2 populations is identical (6.9). The uppper and lower quantiles of each population are:

- 6.64 & 7.2
- 6.60 & 7.1
The p-value resulting from the test comparing these populations is 0.007. How can these populations be significantly different? Is it due to the spread about the median? A boxplot comparing the 2 shows that the second one has far more outliers than the first.

Thanks for any suggestions.

**Answer**

**Attribution***Source : Link , Question Author : Mog , Answer Author : Harvey Motulsky*