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1 Aim: How do we find the critical values of a z test? HW#7: last slide SPSS Assignment Due Monday

2 Choosing Significant Level The researcher decides what level of significance to use It does not always have to be at a 0.05 or 0.01 level It can be any level, depending on the seriousness of the type I error. After a significance level is chosen, a critical value is selected from a table for the appropriate test If a z test is used, for example, the z table is consulted to find the critical value The critical value determines the critical and noncritical regions

3 Definitions Critical Value: separates the critical region from the noncritical region – The symbol for critical value is C.V. Critical or Rejection Region: is the range of values of the test values that indicates that there is a significant difference and that the null hypothesis should be rejected Noncritical or nonrejection region: the range of values of the test value that indicates that the difference was probably due to chance and that the null hypothesis should be rejected

4 Finding the Critical Value The critical value can be on the right side of the mean or on the left side of the mean for one-tailed test. – Its location depends on the inequality sign of the alternative hypothesis

5 One Tailed Test One Tailed Test: indicates that the null hypothesis should be rejected when the test value is in the critical region on one side of the mean A one tailed test is either a right-tailed test or left-tailed test, depending on the direction of the inequality of the alternative hypothesis

6 To obtain the critical value, choose an alpha level Example: Suppose the researcher choose a significant level of.01. Then the researcher must find a z value such that 1% of the area falls to the right of the z value and 99% falls to the left of the z value

7 To obtain the critical value, choose an alpha level Next, the researcher must find the value using the z table closest to.4900….the critical value is 2.33 since that value gives the area closest to.4900

8 Critical and Noncritical Regions for.01

9 Two Tailed Test Two Tailed Test: the null hypothesis should be rejected when the test values is in either of the two critical regions For a two-tailed test, the critical region must be split into two equal parts.

10 To obtain the critical value, choose an beta level If significant level is.01, then one-half of the area, or.005 must be the right of the mean and one-half must be to the left of the mean.

11 To obtain the critical value, choose an beta level In this case, the area to be found on the table is.4950 The critical values are and -2.58

12 Two-Tailed Test

13 Finding the Critical Values for Specific alpha values Step1 : Draw the figure and indicate the appropriate are a.If the test is left-tailed, the critical region, with an area equal to alpha, will be on the left side of the mean b.If the test is right-tailed, the critical region, with an area equal to alpha will be on the right of the mean c.If the test is two-tailed alpha must be divided by 2; and one-half of the area will be to the right of the mean and one-half will be to the left of the mean Step 2: For a one-tailed test, subtract the area in the critical region from.5000, since z table gives the area under the curve between 0 and z to the right of 0. For a two tailed test, subtract the area from.500 Step 3: Find the area in z table corresponding to the value obtained in step 2. If the exact value cannot be found in the table, use the closest value. Step 4: Find the z value that corresponds to the area. This will be the critical value Step 5: Determine the sign of the critical value for a one-tailed test a.If the test is left-tailed, the critical value will be negative b.If the test is right-tailed the critical value will be positive c.For a two-tailed test, one value will be positive and the other negative

14 Homework #7 1.Find the critical value(s) for each situation and draw the appropriate figure, showing the critical region. a.A left-tailed test with significant level.10 b.A two-tailed test with significant level.02 c.A right-tailed test with significant level.005


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