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## Study Notes

### Measures of Variation

- Variance: average of the squared differences from the mean
- Standard deviation: square root of the variance

### Correlation

- Correlation: measures the strength and direction of a linear relationship between two variables
- Correlation coefficient (r): ranges from -1 to +1
- Positive values indicate a positive relationship
- Negative values indicate a negative relationship
- Zero indicates no linear relationship

### Hypothesis Testing

- Hypothesis testing: statistical method to make inferences about a population based on sample data
- Steps:
- Formulate null and alternative hypotheses
- Set a significance level (Î±)
- Collect and analyze data using appropriate statistical tests
- Compare the calculated test statistic with the critical value or p-value
- Make a decision to either reject or fail to reject the null hypothesis based on the evidence

### Errors in Hypothesis Testing

- Type I error: incorrectly rejecting a true null hypothesis (false positive)
- Controlled by lowering the significance level (Î±)

- Type II error: incorrectly failing to reject a false null hypothesis (false negative)
- Controlled by increasing sample size or improving test sensitivity (power)

### Parametric and Non-Parametric Tests

- Parametric tests: assume data come from a specific distribution (e.g., normal distribution)
- Examples: t-tests, ANOVA, Pearson correlation

- Non-parametric tests: do not make assumptions about data distribution
- Examples: Mann-Whitney U test, Wilcoxon signed-rank test, Spearman correlation

### Analysis of Variance (ANOVA)

- Assumptions:
- Normality: residuals (errors) are normally distributed
- Homogeneity of variances: variances of groups being compared are approximately equal
- Independence: observations within each group are independent of each other

### Non-Parametric Tests

- Advantages:
- Robust to violations of assumptions (e.g., normality, homogeneity of variance)
- Applicable to ordinal or non-normally distributed data
- Easier to interpret without stringent requirements

- Disadvantages:
- Less powerful than parametric tests with normally distributed data
- May lose efficiency with larger sample sizes
- Provide less precise estimates of population parameters

### Chi-Square Test

- Chi-square test: determines if there is a significant association between categorical variables in a contingency table
- Example: assessing whether there is a relationship between gender and voting preference in a political survey

### Factor Analysis

- Factor analysis: statistical technique that identifies patterns or underlying dimensions (factors) among a set of variables
- Role in psychological measurement: reduces data complexity by grouping variables based on shared variance, aiding in the development of more concise and interpretable measurement scales

### Reliability

- Reliability: consistency and stability of measurement over time and across different conditions
- Types:
- Test-retest reliability: consistency of scores across repeated administrations of the same test
- Internal consistency reliability: consistency among items within a measurement scale (e.g., Cronbach's alpha)
- Inter-rater reliability: consistency between different raters or observers scoring the same behavior or event

### Effect Size

- Effect size: quantifies the strength of a relationship or the magnitude of an effect independent of sample size
- Importance: helps researchers assess the practical significance of findings, compare results across studies, and make informed decisions about the relevance of their research in practical settings

### Research Designs

- Cross-sectional design: collects data from participants at a single point in time to compare different groups or assess relationships between variables
- Longitudinal design: follows the same group of participants over an extended period to study developmental changes, stability of behaviors, or the effects of interventions over time

### Statistical Inference

- Statistical inference: using sample data to make generalizations or predictions about a population
- Applications: hypothesis testing, estimating population parameters, and drawing conclusions based on statistical evidence derived from sample data

### Data Visualization

- Scatterplot: graphical representation of the relationship between two continuous variables
- Confidence interval: range of values calculated from sample data that is likely to include the true population parameter, with a specified level of confidence (e.g., 95% confidence)

### Regression Analysis

- Assumptions:
- Linearity: relationship between variables
- Independence of errors
- Homoscedasticity: constant variance of errors
- Normality of residuals

- Applications: predicting outcomes based on predictor variables, identifying significant predictors of behavior or outcomes, and understanding relationships between variables

### Meta-Analysis

- Meta-analysis: statistical technique for combining results from multiple studies to obtain an overall estimate of the effect size
- Purpose: provides a comprehensive summary of existing research, identifies patterns or inconsistencies across studies, and enhances the reliability and generalizability of findings

### Factorial Design

- Factorial design: experimental design involving the simultaneous manipulation of two or more independent variables (factors)
- Use: allows researchers to study main effects of each factor and interactions between factors, providing insights into how different variables interact to influence outcomes

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Test your understanding of statistical measures, correlation, and hypothesis testing. Calculate variance, standard deviation, and correlation coefficient, and interpret the results.