Abstract: Statistical properties of several criteria for assessment of similarity between two dissolution profiles are investigated. These include the similarity factor , and metrics based on the mean squared distance and the mean absolute difference. The probability density function of and its first two moments are derived under the assumption of multivariate normality, with special attention to compound symmetry covariance structure. The intractable nature of the distribution of is demonstrated. Empirical results from a large simulation study are also presented. Advantages and drawbacks of proceduces based on the mean absolute difference and mean squared distance are discussed.
Key words and phrases: Dissolution, similarity factor.