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C82MST Statistical Methods 2 - Lecture 2 1 Overview of Lecture Variability and Averages The Normal Distribution Comparing Population Variances Experimental Error & Treatment Effects Evaluating the Null Hypothesis Assumptions Underlying Analysis of Variance:

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C82MST Statistical Methods 2 - Lecture 2 2 Variability and Averages Graph 1: Bipolar disorder Different variability Same averages Graph 2: Blood sugar levels Same variability Different averages Depressed Manic Frequency Patients Controls Low High Frequency Patients Controls

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C82MST Statistical Methods 2 - Lecture 2 3 The Normal Distribution The normal distribution is used in statistical analysis in order to make standardized comparisons across different populations (treatments). The kinds of parametric statistical techniques we use assume that a population is normally distributed. This allows us to compare directly between two populations

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C82MST Statistical Methods 2 - Lecture 2 4 The Normal Distribution The Normal Distribution is a mathematical function that defines the distribution of scores in population with respect to two population parameters. The first parameter is the Greek letter (, mu). This represents the population mean. The second parameter is the Greek letter (, sigma) that represents the population standard deviation. Different normal distributions are generated whenever the population mean or the population standard deviation are different

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C82MST Statistical Methods 2 - Lecture 2 5 The Normal Distribution Normal distributions with different population variances and the same population mean

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C82MST Statistical Methods 2 - Lecture 2 6 The Normal Distribution Normal distributions with different population means and the same population variance f(x) 1 2

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C82MST Statistical Methods 2 - Lecture 2 7 The Normal Distribution Normal distributions with different population variances and different population means 2 = = 33

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C82MST Statistical Methods 2 - Lecture 2 8 Normal Distribution Most samples of data are normally distributed (but not all)

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C82MST Statistical Methods 2 - Lecture 2 9 Comparing Populations in terms of Shared Variances When the null hypothesis (H o ) is approximately true we have the following: There is almost a complete overlap between the two distributions of scores

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C82MST Statistical Methods 2 - Lecture 2 10 Comparing Populations in terms of Shared Variances When the alternative hypothesis (H 1 ) is true we have the following: There is very little overlap between the two distributions

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C82MST Statistical Methods 2 - Lecture 2 11 Shared Variance and the Null Hypothesis The crux of the problem of rejecting the null hypothesis is the fact that we can always attribute some portion of the difference we observe among treatment parameters to chance factors These chance factors are known as experimental error

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C82MST Statistical Methods 2 - Lecture 2 12 Experimental Error All uncontrolled sources of variability in an experiment are considered potential contributors to experimental error. There are two basic kinds of experimental error: individual differences error measurement error.

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C82MST Statistical Methods 2 - Lecture 2 13 Estimates of Experimental Error In a real experiment both sources of experimental error will influence and contribute to the scores of each subject. The variability of subjects treated alike, i.e. within the same treatment condition or level, provides a measure of the experimental error. At the same time the variability of subjects within each of the other treatment levels also offers estimates of experimental error

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C82MST Statistical Methods 2 - Lecture 2 14 Estimate of Treatment Effects The means of the different groups in the experiment should reflect the differences in the population means, if there are any. The treatments are viewed as a systematic source of variability in contrast to the unsystematic source of variability the experimental error. This systematic source of variability is known as the treatment effect.

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C82MST Statistical Methods 2 - Lecture 2 15 An Example Two lecturers teach the same course. H o : lecturer does not influence exam score. Experimental design 10 students: 5 assigned to each lecturer. IV: Lecturer (A 1, A 2 ) DV: Exam score Results: A 1 : 16, 18, 10,12,19 A 1 : Mean=15 A 2 : 4, 6, 8, 10, 2 A 2 : Mean=6

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C82MST Statistical Methods 2 - Lecture 2 16 Partitioning the Deviations

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C82MST Statistical Methods 2 - Lecture 2 17 Partitioning the Deviations Each of the deviations from the grand mean have specific names is called the total deviation. is called the between groups deviation. is called the within subjects deviation. Dividing the deviation from the grand mean is known as partitioning

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C82MST Statistical Methods 2 - Lecture 2 18 Evaluating the Null Hypothesis The between groups deviation represents the effects of both error and the treatment The within subjects deviation represents the effect of error alone

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C82MST Statistical Methods 2 - Lecture 2 19 Evaluating the Null Hypothesis If we consider the ratio of the between groups variability and the within groups variability Then we have

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C82MST Statistical Methods 2 - Lecture 2 20 Evaluating the Null Hypothesis If the null hypothesis is true then the treatment effect is equal to zero: If the null hypothesis is false then the treatment effect is greater than zero:

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C82MST Statistical Methods 2 - Lecture 2 21 Evaluating the Null Hypothesis The ratio is compared to the F-distribution

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C82MST Statistical Methods 2 - Lecture 2 22 ANOVA Analysis of variance uses the ratio of two sources of variability to test the null hypothesis Between group variability estimates both experimental error and treatment effects Within subjects variability estimates experimental error The assumptions that underly this technique directly follow on from the F-ratio.

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C82MST Statistical Methods 2 - Lecture 2 23 Assumptions Underlying Analysis of Variance: The measure taken is on an interval or ratio scale. The populations are normally distributed The variances of the compared populations are the same. The estimates of the population variance are independent

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