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Hypothesis Testing

- Is It Significant?

Questions (1)

- What is a statistical hypothesis?
- Why is the null hypothesis so important?
- What is a rejection region?
- What does it mean to say that a finding is

statistically significant? - Describe Type I and Type II errors. Illustrate

with a concrete example.

Questions (2)

- Describe a situation in which Type II errors are

more serious than are Type I errors (and vice

versa). - What is statistical power? Why is it important?
- What are the main factors that influence power?

Decision Making Under Uncertainty

- You have to make decisions even when you are

unsure. School, marriage, therapy, jobs,

whatever. - Statistics provides an approach to decision

making under uncertainty. Sort of decision

making by choosing the same way you would bet.

Maximize expected utility (subjective value). - Comes from agronomy, where they were trying to

decide what strain to plant.

Statistical Hypotheses

- Statements about characteristics of populations,

denoted H - H normal distribution,
- H N(28,13)
- The hypothesis actually tested is called the

null hypothesis, H0 - E.g.,
- The other hypothesis, assumed true if the null is

false, is the alternative hypothesis, H1 - E.g.,

Testing Statistical Hypotheses - steps

- State the null and alternative hypotheses
- Assume whatever is required to specify the

sampling distribution of the statistic (e.g., SD,

normal distribution, etc.) - Find rejection region of sampling distribution

that place which is not likely if null is true - Collect sample data. Find whether statistic

falls inside or outside the rejection region. If

statistic falls in the rejection region, result

is said to be statistically significant.

Testing Statistical Hypotheses example

- Suppose
- Assume and population is normal, so

sampling distribution of means is known (to be

normal). - Rejection region
- Region (N25)
- We get data
- Conclusion reject null.

Same Example

- Rejection region in original units
- Sample result (79) just over the line

Review

- What is a statistical hypothesis?
- Why is the null hypothesis so important?
- What is a rejection region?
- What does it mean to say that a finding is

statistically significant?

Decisions, Decisions

- Based on the data we have, we will make a

decision, e.g., whether means are different. In

the population, the means are really different or

really the same. We will decide if they are the

same or different. We will be either correct or

mistaken.

In the Population

Substantive Decisions

- Null
- Trained pilots same as control pilots
- Nicorette has no effect on smoking
- Personality test uncorrelated with job

performance

- Alternative
- Trained pilots perform emergency procedure better

than controls - Nicorette helps people abstain from smoking
- Personality test is correlated with job

performance

Conventional Rules

- Set alpha to .05 or .01 (some small value).

Alpha sets Type I error rate. - Choose rejection region that has a probability of

alpha if null is true but some bigger (unknown)

probability if alternative is true. - Call the result significant beyond the alpha

level (e.g., p lt .05) if the statistic falls in

the rejection region.

Review

- Describe Type I and Type II errors. Illustrate

with a concrete example. - Describe a situation in which Type II errors are

more serious than are Type I errors (and vice

versa).

Rejection Regions (1)

- 1-tailed vs. 2-tailed tests.
- The alternative hypothesis tells the tale

(determines the tails). - If

Nondirectional 2-tails

Directional 1 tail (need to adjust null for

these to be LE or GE).

In practice, most tests are two-tailed. When

you see a 1-tailed test, its usually because it

wouldnt be significant otherwise.

Rejection Regions (2)

- 1-tailed tests have better power on the

hypothesized side. - 1-tailed tests have worse power on the

non-hypothesized side. - When in doubt, use the 2-tailed test.
- It it legitimate but unconventional to use the

1-tailed test.

Power (1)

- Alpha ( ) sets Type I error rate. We say

different, but really same. - Also have Type II errors. We say same, but really

different. Power is 1- or 1-p(Type II). - It is desirable to have both a small alpha (few

Type I errors) and good power (few Type II

errors), but usually is a trade-off. - Need a specific H1 to figure power.

Power (2)

- Suppose
- Set alpha at .05 and figure region.
- Rejection region is set for alpha .05.

Power (3)

If the bound (141.3) was at the mean of the

second distribution (142), it would cut off 50

percent and Beta and Power would be .50. In this

case, the bound is a bit below the mean. It is

z(141.3-142)/2 -.35 standard errors down. The

area corresponding to z is .36. This means that

Beta is .36 and power is .64.

- 4 Things affect power
- H1, the alternative hypothesis.
- The value and placement of rejection region.
- Sample size.
- Population variance.

Power (4)

The larger the difference in means, the greater

the power. This illustrates the choice of H1.

Power (5)

1 vs. 2 tails rejection region

Power (6)

Sample size and population variability both

affect the size of the standard error of the

mean. Sample size is controlled directly. The

standard deviation is influenced by experimental

control and reliability of measurement.

Review

- What is statistical power? Why is it important?
- What are the main factors that influence power?

Summary

- Conventional statistics provides a means of

making decisions under uncertainty - Inferential stats are used to make decisions

about population values (statistical hypotheses) - We make mistakes (alpha and beta)
- Study power (correct rejections of the null, the

substantive interest) is partially under our

control. You should have some idea of the power

of your study before you commit to it.

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