# Hypothesis Tests: Two Independent Samples

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Hypothesis Tests: Two Independent Samples
Cal State Northridge 320 Andrew Ainsworth PhD

What are independent samples?
Major Points Psy Cal State Northridge What are independent samples? Distribution of differences between means An example Heterogeneity of Variance Effect size Confidence limits

Samples can be considered independent for 2 basic reasons
Psy Cal State Northridge Independent Samples Samples are independent if the participants in each sample are not related in any way Samples can be considered independent for 2 basic reasons First, samples randomly selected from 2 separate populations

Independent Samples Getting Independent Samples Method #1
Psy Cal State Northridge Getting Independent Samples Method #1

Samples can be considered independent for 2 basic reasons
Psy Cal State Northridge Independent Samples Samples can be considered independent for 2 basic reasons Second, participants are randomly selected from a single population Subjects are then randomly assigned to one of 2 samples

Independent Samples Getting Independent Samples Method #2
Psy Cal State Northridge Getting Independent Samples Method #2

Sampling Distributions Again
Psy Cal State Northridge If we draw all possible pairs of independent samples of size n1 and n2, respectively, from two populations. Calculate a mean and in each one. Record the difference between these values. What have we created? The Sampling Distribution of the Difference Between Means

Sampling Distribution of the Difference Between Means
Psy Cal State Northridge Sampling Distribution of the Difference Between Means Mean of sampling distribution is 1 Mean of sampling distribution is 2 So, the mean of a sampling distribution is 1- 2

Sampling Distribution of the Difference Between Means
Psy Cal State Northridge Sampling Distribution of the Difference Between Means Shape approximately normal if both populations are approximately normal or N1 and N2 are reasonably large.

Sampling Distribution of the Difference Between Means
Psy Cal State Northridge Sampling Distribution of the Difference Between Means Variability (variance sum rule) The variance of the sum or difference of 2 independent samples is equal to the sum of their variances

Sampling Distribution of the Difference Between Means
Psy Cal State Northridge Sampling Distribution of the Difference Between Means Sampling distribution of 1 - 2

Converting Mean Differences into Z-Scores
Psy Cal State Northridge Converting Mean Differences into Z-Scores In any normal distribution with a known mean and standard deviation, we can calculate z-scores to estimate probabilities. What if we don’t know the ’s? You got it, we guess with s!

Converting Mean Differences into t-scores
Psy Cal State Northridge Converting Mean Differences into t-scores We can use to estimate If, The variances of the samples are roughly equal (homogeneity of variance) We estimate the common variance by pooling (averaging)

Homogeneity of Variance
Psy Cal State Northridge Homogeneity of Variance We assume that the variances are equal because: If they’re from the same population they should be equal (approximately) If they’re from different populations they need to be similar enough for us to justify comparing them (“apples to oranges” and all that)

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Pooling Variances So far, we have taken 1 sample estimate (e.g. mean, SD, variance) and used it as our best estimate of the corresponding population parameter Now we have 2 samples, the average of the 2 sample statistics is a better estimate of the parameter than either alone

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Pooling Variances Also, if there are 2 groups and one groups is larger than it should “give” more to the average estimate (because it is a better estimate itself) Assuming equal variances and pooling allows us to use an estimate of the population that is smaller than if we did not assume they were equal

Calculating Pooled Variance
Psy Cal State Northridge Calculating Pooled Variance Remembering that sp2 is the pooled estimate: we pool SS and df to get

Calculating Pooled Variance
Psy Cal State Northridge Calculating Pooled Variance

Calculating Pooled Variance
Psy Cal State Northridge Calculating Pooled Variance When sample sizes are equal (n1 = n2) it is simply the average of the 2 When unequal n we need a weighted average

Calculating SE for the Differences Between Means
Psy Cal State Northridge Calculating SE for the Differences Between Means Once we calculate the pooled variance we just substitute it in for the sigmas earlier If n1 = n2 then

Example: Violent Videos Games
Psy Cal State Northridge Example: Violent Videos Games Does playing violent video games increase aggressive behavior Two independent randomly selected/assigned groups Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (violent: 8 subjects) VS. NBA 2K7 (non-violent: 10 subjects) We want to compare mean number of aggressive behaviors following game play

Hypotheses (Steps 1 and 2)
Psy Cal State Northridge Hypotheses (Steps 1 and 2) 2-tailed h0: 1 - 2 = 0 or Type of video game has no impact on aggressive behaviors h1: 1 - 2  0 or Type of video game has an impact on aggressive behaviors 1-tailed h0: 1 - 2 ≤ 0 or GTA leads to the same or less aggressive behaviors as NBA h1: 1 - 2 > 0 or GTA leads to more aggressive behaviors than NBA

Distribution, Test and Alpha (Steps 3 and 4)
Psy Cal State Northridge Distribution, Test and Alpha (Steps 3 and 4) We don’t know  for either group, so we cannot perform a Z-test We have to estimate  with s so it is a t-test (t distribution) There are 2 independent groups So, an independent samples t-test Assume alpha = .05

Decision Rule (Step 5) dftotal = (n1 – 1) + (n2 – 1) = n1 + n2 – 2
Psy Cal State Northridge Decision Rule (Step 5) dftotal = (n1 – 1) + (n2 – 1) = n1 + n2 – 2 Group 1 has 8 subjects – df = 8 – 1= 7 Group 2 has 10 subjects – df = 10 – 1 = 9 dftotal = (n1 – 1) + (n2 – 1) = = 16 OR dftotal = n1 + n2 – 2 = – 2 = 16 1-tailed t.05(16) = ____; If to > ____ reject 1-tailed 2-tailed t.05(16) = ____; If to > ____ reject 2-tailed

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t Distribution

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Calculate to (Step 6) Data

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Calculate to (Step 6) We have means of (GTA) and 8.4 (NBA), but both of these are sample means. We want to test differences between sample means. Not between a sample and a population mean

Calculate to (Step 6) The t for 2 groups is:
Psy Cal State Northridge Calculate to (Step 6) The t for 2 groups is: But under the null 1 - 2 = 0, so:

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Calculate to (Step 6) We need to calculate and to do that we need to first calculate

Calculate to (Step 6) Psy Cal State Northridge Since is _____ we can insert this into the equation

Psy Cal State Northridge Make your decision (Step 7) Since ____ > ____ we would reject the null hypothesis under a 2-tailed test Since ____ > ____ we would reject the null hypothesis under a 1-tailed test There is evidence that violent video games increase aggressive behaviors

Heterogeneous Variances
Psy Cal State Northridge Heterogeneous Variances Refers to case of unequal population variances We don’t pool the sample variances just add them We adjust df and look t up in tables for adjusted df For adjustment use Minimum df = smaller n - 1

Effect Size for Two Groups
Psy Cal State Northridge Effect Size for Two Groups Extension of what we already know. We can often simply express the effect as the difference between means (e.g. 1.85) We can scale the difference by the size of the standard deviation. Gives d (aka Cohen’s d) Which standard deviation?

Effect Size Use either standard deviation or their pooled average.
Psy Cal State Northridge Effect Size Use either standard deviation or their pooled average. We will pool because neither has any claim to priority. Pooled st. dev. =

Effect Size, cont. Psy Cal State Northridge This difference is approximately standard deviations This is a very large effect

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Confidence Limits

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Confidence Limits p = .95 that based on the sample values the interval formed in this way includes the true value of 1 - 2 The probability that interval includes 1 - 2 given the value of Does 0 fall in the interval? What does that mean?

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Computer Example SPSS reproduces the t value and the confidence limits. All other statistics are the same as well. Note different df depending on homogeneity of variance. Remember: Don’t pool if heterogeneity and modify degrees of freedom

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