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A statistical hypothesis is an assumption about a population parameter. This assumption may or may not be true

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The Null Hypothesis (H 0 ) Sample observations are resulting purely from chance H 0 always contains an “equals” statement The null hypothesis is assumed to be true We need strong statistical evidence to reject it The Alternative Hypothesis (H a ) This is usually what we’re trying to prove Everything that’s not the null hypothesis Sample observations are influenced by some non- random cause

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For example Null Hypothesis Alternative Hypothesis H 0 : µ=$10H a : µ≠$10µ is $10 or it isn’t H 0 : µ≥$10H a : µ<$10µ is at least $10, or it is less H 0 : µ≤$10H a : µ>$10 µ is no more than $10, or it is more

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We want to know if a coin is fair and balance. H 0 : Probability of each coin toss coming up heads = 0.5. H a : Probability of each coin toss coming up heads ≠ 0.5. Suppose we test this hypothesis by flipping the coin 50 times. What would we conclude?

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Consider the following hypotheses. The director of a city’s transit system claims that 35% of the system’s riders consists of senior citizens. In a recent study, researchers found that only 23% of the riders were seniors. Is the director’s claim wrong? (Transit example) A parts supplier claims that no more than 20% of the parts he delivers are defective. But a random sample of a recent delivery shows that 25% of the parts were defects. Is the suppliers claim wrong? (Parts example)

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Transit example Assertion: 35% of the riders are senior citizens Null hypothesis: H 0 : π = 0.35 The null hypothesis is identical to the transit manager’s statement since he claimed an exact value for the parameter. Alternative hypothesis: H a : π ≠ 0.35 If the null is incorrect, the proportion must be something other than 0.35.

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Parts example Assertion: Not more than 20% of the parts are defective Null hypothesis: H 0 : π ≤ 0.20 Alternative hypothesis: H a : > 0.20

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1. State the hypotheses Null Alternate 2. Formulate an analysis plan How to use the sample data Significance level Test method Mean, proportion, difference between means, z-score, t- score, etc.

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A research firm claims that 62% of women age participate in a 401(k) retirement account. We want to test this percentage by randomly selecting a group of 300 women. What are the null and alternative hypotheses?

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Type I Error A Type I error occurs when the researcher rejects a null hypothesis when it is true. The probability of committing a Type I error = the significance level (α). Type II Error A Type II error occurs when the researcher fails to reject a null hypothesis that is false. The probability of committing a Type II error is called Beta, and is often denoted by β. The probability of not committing a Type II error is called the power of the test.

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When a robot welder is in adjustment, its mean time to perform a task is minutes. Past experience tells us the standard deviation for the cycle time is minutes. Using a recent random sample of 80 jobs, the mean cycle time for the welder was minutes. Do we need to adjust the machine?

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Our company produces light bulbs with a mean life of hours and a standard deviation of 90.0 hours. We’re approached by a salesman who says he can sell us a process that will extend the life of our bulbs. We decide to test this product and, using a sample of 40 bulbs, we discover that the mean life for our bulbs using the new process is hours. Should we invest in this new process?

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When set properly, a machine produces nails that are 2 inches long with a standard deviation of inches. We took a sample of 35 nails and found that their mean length was inches. Using a significance level of 0.01, is the machine properly adjusted?

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The p-value is the probability that we would get a test statistic as extreme as the one observed, if the null hypothesis was true. In practice, all statistical software packages calculate a p-value and return that value as part of the data. If p-value is ≤ our level of significance, we have evidence to reject H 0

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I took a random sample (n=30) from a population with a known standard deviation (σ=1) and a known mean (μ=0)

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I then used a statistical package (Minitab®) to run a 1-sample z-test. Here are my results: Test of mu = 0 vs not = 0 The assumed standard deviation = 1 Variable N Mean StDev SE Mean 95% CI Z C ( , ) Variable P C What happened?

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The credit manager of a department store claims that the mean balance for the store’s charge account customers is $410. An independent auditor selects 18 accounts at random and finds a mean balance of $ and a standard deviation of $ The population of account balances is assumed to be normally distributed. Is the credit manager correct?

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An inventor developed an, energy-efficient lawn mower engine. He claims that the engine will run continuously for 5 hours on one gallon of regular gasoline. Suppose a simple random sample of 50 engines is tested. The engines run for an average of 295 minutes, with a standard deviation of 20 minutes. We want to test this claim (α =.05)

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State the hypotheses Formulate an analysis plan Analyze sample data Interpret results

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Bon Air Elementary School has 300 students. The principal of the school thinks that the average IQ of students at Bon Air is at least 110. To prove her point, she administers an IQ test to 20 randomly selected students. Among the sampled students, the average IQ is 108 with a standard deviation of 10. Based on these results, should the principal accept or reject her original hypothesis? Assume a significance level of 0.01.

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State the hypotheses Formulate an analysis plan Analyze sample data Interpret results

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The sampling method is simple random sampling. Each sample point can result in just two possible outcomes. We call one of these outcomes a success and the other, a failure. np ≥ 5 and n(1-p) ≥ 5 The population size is at least 20 times as big as the sample size.

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The CEO of a large electric utility claims that 80 percent of his 1,000,000 customers are very satisfied with the service they receive. To test this claim, the local newspaper surveyed 100 customers, using simple random sampling. Among the sampled customers, 73 percent say they are very satisfied. Based on these findings, what can we conclude about the CEO's hypothesis that 80% of the customers are very satisfied? Use a 0.05 level of significance.

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Two sample t-test The sampling method for each sample is simple random sampling The samples are independent. Each population is at least 20 times larger than its respective sample. Each sample is drawn from a normal or near-normal population.

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Within a school district, students were randomly assigned to one of two Math teachers - Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Jones. After the assignment, Mrs. Smith had 30 students, and Mrs. Jones had 25 students. At the end of the year, each class took the same standardized test. Mrs. Smith's students had an average test score of 78, with a standard deviation of 10; and Mrs. Jones' students had an average test score of 85, with a standard deviation of 15. Can we determine if Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Jones are equally effective teachers. Use a 0.10 level of significance. (Assume that student performance is approximately normal.)

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State the hypotheses Formulate an analysis plan Analyze sample data Interpret results

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Two-Sample T-Test and CI Sample N Mean StDev SE Mean Difference = mu (1) - mu (2) Estimate for difference: % CI for difference: (-12.91, -1.09) T-Test of difference = 0 (vs not =): T-Value = P-Value = DF = 40

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