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Statistics Review

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Measurement Levels of Measurement One must know the nature of one’s variables in order to understand what manipulations are appropriate (and later, which statistical tests to use because they must be mathematically manipulated for statistics). Nominal Level of Measurement Ordinal Level of Measurement Interval Level of Measurement“Continuous” Ratio Level of Measurement

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Measurement The special case of dichotomous variables: A dichotomous variable can take one of two values. For example:Sex:0=Male, 1=Female Race:0=Other, 1=Hispanic Cars:0=Other, 1=SUV Are dichotomous variables nominal, ordinal, interval, or ratio?

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Descriptive Statistics Descriptive Statistics are Used by Researchers to Report on Populations and Samples In Sociology: Summary descriptions of measurements (variables) taken about a group of people By Summarizing Information, Descriptive Statistics Speed Up and Simplify Comprehension of a Group’s Characteristics

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Descriptive Statistics Summarizing Data: Central Tendency (or Groups’ “Middle Values” on a Variable) Mean Median Mode Variation (or Summary of Differences Within Groups on a Variable) Variance Standard Deviation

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Mean Most commonly called the “average.” Add up the values for each case and divide by the total number of cases. Y-bar = (Y1 + Y Yn) n Y-bar = Σ Yi n

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Mean What’s up with all those symbols, man? Y-bar = (Y1 + Y Yn) n Y-bar = Σ Yi n Some Symbolic Conventions in this Class: Y = your variable (could be X or Q or or even “Glitter”) “-bar” or line over symbol of your variable = mean of that variable Y1 = first case’s value on variable Y “...” = ellipsis = continue sequentially Yn = last case’s value on variable Y n = number of cases in your sample Σ = Greek letter “sigma” = sum or add up what follows i = a typical case or each case in the sample (1 through n)

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Mean The mean is the “balance point.” Each IQ unit away from the mean is like 1 pound placed that far away on a scale. If IQ mean equals 110: units 4 units units The scale is balanced because… = 21 0 units

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Mean 1. Means can be badly affected by outliers (data points with extreme values unlike the rest) 2. Outliers can make the mean a bad measure of central tendency or common experience All of Us Bill Gates Mean Outlier Income in the U.S.

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Median The middle value when a variable’s values are ranked in order; the point that divides a distribution into two equal halves. When data are listed in order, the median is the point at which 50% of the cases are above and 50% below it. The 50 th percentile.

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Median Median = 109 (six cases above, six below) Class A--IQs of 13 Students

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Median Median = = 219/2 = (six cases above, six below) If the first student were to drop out of Class A, there would be a new median:

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Median 1. The median is unaffected by outliers, making it a better measure of central tendency, better describing the “typical person” than the mean when data are skewed. All of Us Bill Gates outlier

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Median 2. If the recorded values for a variable form a symmetric distribution, the median and mean are identical. 3. In skewed data, the mean lies further toward the skew than the median. Mean Median Mean Median Symmetric Skewed

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Mode The most common data point is called the mode. The combined IQ scores for Classes A & B: BTW, It is possible to have more than one mode! A la mode!!

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Mode 1. It may give you the most likely experience rather than the “typical” or “central” experience. 2. In symmetric distributions, the mean, median, and mode are the same. 3. In skewed data, the mean and median lie further toward the skew than the mode. Median Mean MedianMeanMode Symmetric Skewed

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Descriptive Statistics Summarizing Data: Central Tendency (or Groups’ “Middle Values”) Mean Median Mode Variation (or Summary of Differences Within Groups) Variance Standard Deviation

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Variance and Standard Deviation Often we want to know how “spread out” cases of a variable are. If you find the “average deviation” from the mean, you can get an idea about “spread.” Variance and Standard Deviation help us measure “spread.” Variance is a number you get in the process of calculating standard deviation.

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Variance and Standard Deviation Variance and Standard Deviation (sd) are measures of the spread of the recorded values on a variable, measures of dispersion. The larger the variance and sd, the further the individual cases are from the mean. The smaller the variance and sd, the closer the individual scores are to the mean. Mean

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Variance and Standard Deviation Variance and sd are numbers that at first seems complex to calculate. We create Variance first. Calculating variance starts with a “deviation.” A deviation is the distance away from the mean of a case’s score. Yi – Y-bar If the average person’s car costs $20,000, my deviation from the mean is - $14,000! 6K - 20K = -14K

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Deviation The deviation of 102 from is?Deviation of 115? = = 4.46 Class A--IQs of 13 Students Y-bar A =

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Deviation Squared Since we are looking for an “average spread,” we want to add these to get total deviations: But if we were to do that, we would get zero every time. Why? We need a way to eliminate negative signs. Squaring the deviations will eliminate negative signs... A Deviation Squared: (Yi – Y-bar) 2 Back to the IQ example, A deviation squared for 102 is: of 115: ( ) 2 = (-8.54) 2 = ( ) 2 = (4.46) 2 = 19.89

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Sum of Squares If you were to add all the squared deviations together, you’d get what we call the “Sum of Squares.” Sum of Squares (SS) = Σ (Yi – Y-bar) 2 SS = (Y1 – Y-bar) 2 + (Y2 – Y-bar) (Yn – Y-bar) 2

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Variance Class A, sum of squares: (102 – ) 2 + (115 – ) 2 + (126 – ) 2 + (109 – ) 2 + (131 – ) 2 + (89 – ) 2 + (98 – ) 2 + (106 – ) 2 + (140 – ) 2 + (119 – ) 2 + (93 – ) 2 + (97 – ) 2 + (110 – ) = SS = Class A--IQs of 13 Students Y-bar =

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Variance The last step… Looking for “average spread,” now that we’ve added, we want to divide by the number of cases. The approximate average sum of squares is the variance. SS/N = Variance for a population. SS/n-1 = Variance for a sample. Variance = Σ (Yi – Y-bar) 2 / n – 1

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Variance For Class A, Variance = / n - 1 = / 12 = How helpful is that???

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Standard Deviation To convert variance into something of meaning, let’s create standard deviation. Recall that we squared our deviations before. Let’s “unsquare” and get back to original units of IQ. The square root of the variance reveals the average deviation of the observations from the mean. s.d. = Σ (Yi – Y-bar) 2 n - 1

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Standard Deviation For Class A, the standard deviation for IQ is: = The average of persons’ deviation from the mean IQ of is IQ points. Review: 1. Deviation: Yi – Y-bar 2. Deviation squared: (Yi – Y-bar) 2 3. Sum of squares: Σ (Yi – Y-bar) 2 4. Variance: Σ (Yi – Y-bar) 2 / n – 1 5. Standard deviation: Σ (Yi – Y-bar) 2 / n – 1

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Standard Deviation 1. Larger s.d. = greater amounts of variation around the mean. For example: Y = 25 s.d. = 3s.d. = 6 2. s.d. = 0 only when all values are the same (only when you have a constant and not a “variable”) 3. If you were to “rescale” a variable, the s.d. would change by the same magnitude—if we changed units above so the mean equaled 250, the s.d. on the left would be 30, and on the right, Like the mean, the s.d. will be inflated by an outlier case value.

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Empirical Rule Many naturally occurring variables have bell-shaped distributions. That is, their histograms take a symmetrical and unimodal shape. When this is true, you can be sure that the empirical rule will hold. Empirical rule: If the histogram of data is approximately bell-shaped, then: 1. About 68% of the cases fall between Y-bar – s.d. and Y-bar + s.d. 2. About 95% of the data fall between Y-bar – 2s.d. and Y-bar + 2s.d. 3. All or nearly all the data fall between Y-bar – 3s.d. and Y-bar + 3s.d.

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Empirical Rule Empirical rule: If the histogram of data is approximately bell-shaped, then: 1. About 68% of the cases fall between Y-bar – s.d. and Y-bar + s.d. 2. About 95% of the cases fall between Y-bar – 2s.d. and Y-bar + 2s.d. 3. All or nearly all the cases fall between Y-bar – 3s.d. and Y-bar + 3s.d. Body Pile: 100% of Cases M = 100 s.d. = 15 s.d.15 s.d or – 1 s.d. + or – 2 s.d. + or – 3 s.d.

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Normal Curve The Normal Probability Distribution No matter what the actual s.d. ( ) value is, the proportion of cases under the curve that corresponds with the mean ( )+/- 1s.d. is the same (68%). The same is true of mean+/- 2s.d. ( 95%) And mean +/- 3s.d. (almost all cases) Because of the equivalence of all Normal Distributions, these are often described in terms of the Standard Normal Curve where mean = 0 and s.d. = 1 and is called “z” Z = # of standard deviations away from the mean Z= %

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Normal Curve Converting to z-scores To compare different normal curves, it is helpful to know how to convert data values into z-scores. It is like have two rulers beneath each normal curve. One for data values, the second for z-scores. Values Z-scores IQ = 100 = 15

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Normal Curve Converting to z-scores Z = Y – Values Z-scores IQ = 100 = 15 Z = 100 – 100 / 15 = 0 Z = 145 – 100 / 15 = 45/15 = 3 Z = 70 – 100 / 15 = -30/15 = -2 Z = 105 – 100 / 15 = 5/15 =.33

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Sampling Distribution for the Mean Remember how a sampling distribution of means is created? Take a sample of size 500 from the US. Record the mean self-esteem. If the mean should be 25, you might get this. Self-esteem

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Sampling Distribution for the Mean Remember how a sampling distribution of means is created? Take a sample of size 500 from the US. Record the mean self-esteem. If the mean should be 25, you might get this. Self-esteem

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Sampling Distribution for the Mean Remember how a sampling distribution of means is created? Take a sample of size 500 from the US. Record the mean self-esteem. If the mean should be 25, you might get this. Self-esteem

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Sampling Distribution for the Mean Remember how a sampling distribution of means is created? Take a sample of size 500 from the US. Record the mean self-esteem. If the mean should be 25, you might get this. Self-esteem

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Sampling Distribution for the Mean Remember how a sampling distribution of means is created? Take a sample of size 500 from the US. Record the mean self-esteem. If the mean should be 25, you might get this. Self-esteem

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Sampling Distribution for the Mean Remember how a sampling distribution of means is created? Take a sample of size 500 from the US. Record the mean self-esteem. If the mean should be 25, you might get this. Self-esteem

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Sampling Distribution for the Mean Remember how a sampling distribution of means is created? Take a sample of size 500 from the US. Record the mean self-esteem. If the mean should be 25, you might get this. Self-esteem

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Sampling Distribution for the Mean Remember how a sampling distribution of means is created? Take a sample of size 500 from the US. Record the mean self-esteem. If the mean should be 25, you might get this. Self-esteem

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Sampling Distribution for the Mean Remember how a sampling distribution of means is created? Take a sample of size 500 from the US. Record the mean self-esteem. If the mean should be 25, you might get this. Self-esteem

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Sampling Distribution for the Mean Remember how a sampling distribution of means is created? Take a sample of size 500 from the US. Record the mean self-esteem. If the mean should be 25, you might get this. The sample means would stack up in a normal curve. A normal sampling distribution. z Self-esteem

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Sampling Distribution for the Mean Remember how a sampling distribution of means is created? Take a sample of size 500 from the US. Record the mean self-esteem. If the mean should be 25, you might get this. The sample means would stack up in a normal curve. A normal sampling distribution. z Self-esteem %

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Sampling Distribution for the Mean The sample size affects the sampling distribution: Standard error = population standard deviation / square root of sample size Y-bar = / n

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Sampling Distribution for the Mean And if we increase our sample size (n)… Our repeated sample means will be closer to the true mean: z % Z

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Sampling Distribution for the Mean Means will be closer to the true mean, and our standard error of the sampling distribution is smaller: z % Z

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Sampling Distribution for the Mean The range of particular middle percentages gets smaller: z Z % Range Self-esteem

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Sampling Distribution for the Mean …But we can say that 95% of the sample means in repeated sampling will always be in the range marked by -2 over to +2 standard errors. z Z % Range Self-esteem

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Sampling Distribution for the Mean Ooops! Technically speaking, on a normal curve, 95% of cases always fall between +/ standard deviations rather than 2. See comparison on next slide…

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Sampling Distribution for the Mean Empirical Rule vs. Actuality 68%1z68%0.99z 95%2z95%1.96z 99% 2.58z Almost all3z %3z

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Sampling Distribution for the Mean …But we can say that 95% of the sample means in repeated sampling will always be in the range marked by over to standard errors. z Z % Range Self-esteem

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Inferential Statistics for the Mean 25 68% % The sampling distribution’s standard error is a measuring stick that we can use to indicate the range of a specified middle percentage of sample means in repeated sampling. 95% 68% 1.96z 1z 3z 99.99%

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Inferential Statistics for the Mean 68% % 68% 1.96z 1z 3z 99.99% We use that measuring stick for two things: 1.Confidence Interval 2.Significance Test

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Inferential Statistics for the Mean But First! How many samples do we normally get to take? Population Sample

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Inferential Statistics for the Mean If we have only one sample to work with, how do we know anything about the sampling distribution????

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Inferential Statistics for the Mean Like Magic, we in fact we use our sample’s standard deviation as an estimate of the population’s. Standard error = estimate of population standard deviation / square root of sample size Y-bar = / n Remember why we used: Σ(Yi – Y-bar)2 / n – 1

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Inferential Statistics for the Mean But what would happen if we got a sample whose mean did not equal the population mean? ????????

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Inferential Statistics for the Mean We’d center our sampling distribution over a biased estimate of the population mean!!! ????????

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Inferential Statistics for the Mean 25 And where we drew our “middle 95%” would change! 95% of Sample Means

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Inferential Statistics for the Mean 25 But Notice: 95% of Samples’ “95% Ranges” would contain the population mean! 95% of Sample Means

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Inferential Statistics for the Mean We will not know the true population mean, but 95% of the time the 95% range generated by your estimate of the sampling distribution will contain the true population mean! We call this 95% Range: 95% Confidence Interval 95% Ranges for different samples. Self-esteem

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Inferential Statistics for the Mean If we want that range to contain the true population mean 99% of the time (99% confidence interval) we just construct a wider interval. 99% Ranges for different samples. Self-esteem

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Inferential Statistics for the Mean 68% % 68% 1.96z 1z 3z 99.99% We use that measuring stick for two things: 1.Confidence Interval 2.Significance Test

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Inferential Statistics for the Mean Confidence Interval Example: I collected a sample of 2,500 with an average self-esteem score of 28 with a standard deviation of 8. What if we want a 99% confidence interval? CI = Mean +/- z * s.e. 1. Find the standard error of the sampling distribution: s.d. / n = 8/50 = Build the width of the Interval. 99% corresponds with a z of * 0.16 = Insert the mean to build the interval: 99% C.I. = 28 +/ The interval:27.59 to We are 99% confident that the population mean falls between these values.

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Inferential Statistics for the Mean And if we wanted a 95% Confidence Interval instead? I collected a sample of 2,500 with an average self-esteem score of 28 with a standard deviation of 8. What if we want a 99% confidence interval? CI = Mean +/- z * s.e. 1. Find the standard error of the sampling distribution: s.d. / n = 8/50 = Build the width of the Interval. 99% corresponds with a z of * 0.16 = Insert the mean to build the interval: 99% C.I. = 28 +/ The interval:27.59 to We are 99% confident that the population mean falls between these values. X XX X X X X XX 95% % to X 95%

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Inferential Statistics for the Mean By centering my sampling distribution’s +/- 1.96z range around my sample’s mean... I can identify a range that, if my sample is one of the middle 95%, it would contain the population’s mean. Or I have a 95% chance that the population’s mean is somewhere in that range.

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Inferential Statistics for the Mean By centering my sampling distribution’s +/- 1.96z range around my sample’s mean... I can identify a range that, if my sample is one of the middle 95%, would contain the population’s mean. Or I have a 95% chance that the population’s mean is somewhere in that range. X 2.58z X 99% X

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Inferential Statistics for the Mean Besides construct a confidence interval, we can also do a significance test.

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Inferential Statistics for the Mean Let’s build a sampling distribution around our guess, 20: sample of size 100; s.d. = 10. s.e. = 10/100 = 10/10 = 1 Self-doubt Z: Sample, Y-bar

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Inferential Statistics for the Mean Our sample appears to be larger than a critical value of 1.96 (outer 5% of samples) or even 2.58 (outer 1% of samples). s.e. = 10/100 = 10/10 = 1 Self-doubt Z: Sample, Y-bar

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Inferential Statistics for the Mean How many z’s is our sample mean away from our guess? Z = Y-bar – / s.e. Z = 25 – 20 / 1 z = 5 s.e. = 10/100 = 10/10 = 1 Self-doubt Z: Sample, Y-bar

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Inferential Statistics for the Mean Indeed, our sample z-score is 5, well above 1.96 or Reject the guess! Looking in a z-Table… Our sample has a % chance of having come from a population whose mean is 20! s.e. = 10/100 = 10/10 = 1 Self-doubt Z: Sample, Y-bar

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Significance Tests A mean is not the only statistic you can do this with. Other statistics, such as the difference between two groups’ means and other new statistics you will learn about, can have significance tests conducted on them. Just use the handy 7-step significance test format

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Significance Tests Seven-Step Significance Test Format for Normally Distributed Sampling Distributions: By slapping the sampling distribution for a statistic (sample’s measure of a variable) over a guess of about what the population parameter (census measure of a variable) equals, H o, we can find out whether our sample could have been drawn from a population whose parameter equals our guess. 1. Set -level for one or two tails (usually =.05) 2. Find Critical Z (usually = +/- 1.96) 3. Determine the null and alternative hypotheses: H o : Population parameter = some value (usually parameter = 0) H a : Population parameter some value (usually parameter 0) 4. Collect Data 5. Calculate Z: z = Statistic – Parameter standard error 6. Make decision about the null hypothesis 7. Find P-value

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Statistics Review Congratulations! You are now statistically sophisticated.

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