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What is the primary purpose of hypothesis testing?
What is the null hypothesis?
What is the significance level in hypothesis testing?
What is the purpose of selecting a significance level?
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What is the final step in hypothesis testing?
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What is the alternative hypothesis?
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What is the correct decision when the test statistic falls in the critical region?
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Which type of error occurs when the null hypothesis is rejected when it is actually true?
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Which test statistic is used for comparing multiple group means?
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What is the null hypothesis assumed to be true when calculating the pvalue?
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If the pvalue is less than α, what is the correct decision?
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Study Notes
Hypothesis Testing
Definition
 A procedure used to test a hypothesis based on a sample of data
 Involves comparing the data to a known probability distribution or a hypothesis about the population
Types of Hypotheses

Null Hypothesis (H0): a statement of no effect or no difference
 Typically denoted by μ (mu) or p
 Example: "There is no significant difference in the means of two groups"

Alternative Hypothesis (H1): a statement of an effect or difference
 Typically denoted by μ (mu) or p
 Example: "There is a significant difference in the means of two groups"
Steps in Hypothesis Testing
 State the hypothesis: Clearly define the null and alternative hypotheses

Select a significance level: Choose a level of significance (α) to determine the probability of rejecting the null hypothesis when it is true (Type I error)
 Typically set at 0.05
 Collect and analyze the data: Collect a sample of data and calculate the test statistic
 Determine the critical region: Identify the region of the test statistic distribution where the null hypothesis is rejected
 Compare the test statistic to the critical value: Determine if the test statistic falls in the critical region
 Make a decision: Reject the null hypothesis if the test statistic falls in the critical region, otherwise fail to reject the null hypothesis
Errors in Hypothesis Testing
 Type I error: Rejecting the null hypothesis when it is true (α)
 Type II error: Failing to reject the null hypothesis when it is false (β)
Common Test Statistics
 tstatistic: Used for small sample sizes and unknown population standard deviation
 zstatistic: Used for large sample sizes and known population standard deviation
 Fstatistic: Used for comparing multiple group means (ANOVA)
Interpretation of Results

pvalue: The probability of observing the test statistic (or a more extreme value) assuming the null hypothesis is true
 If pvalue < α, reject the null hypothesis
 If pvalue ≥ α, fail to reject the null hypothesis
Hypothesis Testing
Definition
 A procedure used to test a hypothesis based on a sample of data
 Involves comparing the data to a known probability distribution or a hypothesis about the population
Hypotheses

Null Hypothesis (H0): a statement of no effect or no difference
 Typically denoted by μ (mu) or p
 Example: "There is no significant difference in the means of two groups"

Alternative Hypothesis (H1): a statement of an effect or difference
 Typically denoted by μ (mu) or p
 Example: "There is a significant difference in the means of two groups"
Steps in Hypothesis Testing
 State the hypothesis: Clearly define the null and alternative hypotheses

Select a significance level: Choose a level of significance (α) to determine the probability of rejecting the null hypothesis when it is true (Type I error)
 Typically set at 0.05
 Collect and analyze the data: Collect a sample of data and calculate the test statistic
 Determine the critical region: Identify the region of the test statistic distribution where the null hypothesis is rejected
 Compare the test statistic to the critical value: Determine if the test statistic falls in the critical region
 Make a decision: Reject the null hypothesis if the test statistic falls in the critical region, otherwise fail to reject the null hypothesis
Errors in Hypothesis Testing
 Type I error: Rejecting the null hypothesis when it is true (α)
 Type II error: Failing to reject the null hypothesis when it is false (β)
Common Test Statistics
 tstatistic: Used for small sample sizes and unknown population standard deviation
 zstatistic: Used for large sample sizes and known population standard deviation
 Fstatistic: Used for comparing multiple group means (ANOVA)
Interpretation of Results

pvalue: The probability of observing the test statistic (or a more extreme value) assuming the null hypothesis is true
 If pvalue < α, reject the null hypothesis
 If pvalue ≥ α, fail to reject the null hypothesis
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Learn about hypothesis testing, a procedure used to test a hypothesis based on a sample of data, including null and alternative hypotheses.