PSY 307 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences Chapter 13 Single Sample t-Test Chapter 15 -- Dependent Sample tTest Midterm 2 Results Score Grade N 45-62 A
7 40-44 B 3 34-39 C 4 29-33
D 4 0-28 F 3 The top score on the exam and for the curve was 50 2 people had it. Students t-Test
William Sealy Gossett published under the name Student but was a chemist and executive at Guiness Brewery until 1935. What is the t Distribution? The t distribution is the shape of the sampling distribution when n < 30.
The shape changes slightly depending on the number of subjects in the sample. The degrees of freedom (df) tell you which t distribution should be used to test your hypothesis: df =n-1 Comparison to Normal Distribution
Both are symmetrical, unimodal, and bell-shaped. When df are infinite, the t distribution is the normal distribution. When df are greater than 30, the t distribution closely approximates it. When df are less than 30, higher frequencies occur in the tails for t. The Shape Varies with the df (k) Smaller df produce larger tails
Comparison of t Distribution and Normal Distribution for df=4 Finding Critical Values of t Use the t-table NOT the z-table. Calculate the degrees of freedom. Select the significance level
(e.g., .05, .01). Look in the column corresponding to the df and the significance level. If t is greater than the critical value, then the result is significant (reject the null hypothesis). Link to t-Tables http://www.statsoft.com/textboo k/sttable.html Calculating t The formula for t is the same as that
for z except the standard deviation is estimated not known. Sample standard deviation (s) is calculated using (n 1) in the denominator, not n. Confidence Intervals for t Use the same formula as for z but: Substitute the t value (from the t-table)
in place of z. Substitute the estimated standard error of the mean in place of the calculated standard error of the mean. Mean (tconf)(sx) Get tconf from the t-table by selecting the df and confidence level Assumptions
Use t whenever the standard deviation is unknown. The t test assumes the underlying population is normal. The t test will produce valid results with non-normal underlying populations when sample size > 10. Deciding between t and z Use z when the population is normal
and is known (e.g., given in the problem). Use t when the population is normal but is unknown (use s in place of ). If the population is not normal, consider the sample size. Use either t or z if n > 30 (see above). If n < 30, not enough is known.
What are Degrees of Freedom? Degrees of freedom (df) are the number of values free to vary given some mathematical restriction. Example if a set of numbers must add up to a specific toal, df are the number of values that can vary and still produce that total. In calculating s (std dev), one df is used up calculating the mean.
Example What number must X be to make the total 20? 5 10 7 X 20 100 200 300 X
20 Free to vary Limited by the constraint that the sum of all the numbers must be 20 So there are 3 degrees of freedom in this example. A More Accurate Estimate of
When calculating s for inferential statistics (but not descriptive), an adjustment is made. One degree of freedom is used up calculating the mean in the numerator. One degree of freedom must also be subtracted in the denominator to accurately describe variability. Within Subjects Designs Two t-tests, depending on design: t-test
for independent groups is for Between Subjects designs. t-test for paired samples is for Within Subjects designs. Dependent samples are also called: Paired samples Repeated measures Matched samples Examples of Paired Samples
Within subject designs Pre-test/post-test Matched-pairs Independent samples separate groups Dependent Samples
Each observation in one sample is paired one-to-one with a single observation in the other sample. Difference score (D) the difference between each pair of scores in the two paired samples. Hypotheses: H : D = 0 H : 0 1 D 0 D 0
D > 0 Repeated Measures A special kind of matching where the same subject is measured more than once. This kind of matching reduces variability due to individual differences. Calculating t for Matched Samples
Except that D is used in place of X, the formula for calculating the t statistic is the same. The standard error of the sampling distribution of D is used in the formula for t. Degrees of Freedom
Subtracting values for two groups gives a single difference score. The differences, not the original values, are used in the t calculation, so degrees of freedom = n-1. Because observations are paired, the number of subjects in each group is the same. Confidence Interval for D
Substitute mean of D for mean of X. Use the tconf value that corresponds to the degrees of freedom (n-1) and the desired level (e.g., 95%= .05 two tailed). Use the standard deviation for the difference scores, sD. Mean D (tconf)(sD) When to Match Samples
Matching reduces degrees of freedom the df are for the pair, not for individual subjects. Matching may reduce generality of the conclusion by restricting results to the matching criterion. Matching is appropriate only when an uncontrolled variable has a big impact on results. Deciding Which t-Test to Use
How many samples are there? Just one group -- treat as a population. One sample plus a population is not two samples. If there are two samples, are the observations paired? Do the same subjects appear in both conditions (same people tested twice)? Are pairs of subjects matched (twins)?
Population Correlation Coefficient Two correlated variables are similar to a matched sample because in both cases, observations are paired. A population correlation coefficient () would represent the mean of rs for all possible pairs of samples. Hypotheses: H
: =0 H : 0 1 0 t-Test for Rho () Similar to a ttest for a single group. Tests whether the value of r is significantly different than what might occur by chance. Do
the two variables vary together by accident or due to an underlying relationship? Formula for t t r hyp 2 1 r n 2 Standard error of
prediction Calculating t for Correlated Variables Except that r is used in place of X, the formula for calculating the t statistic is the same. The standard error of prediction is used in the denominator to calculate the standard deviation. Compare against the critical value
for t with df = n 2 (n = pairs). Importance of Sample Size Lower values of r become significant with greater sample sizes: As n increases, the critical value of t decreases, so it is easier to obtain a significant result. Cohens rule of thumb
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