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INTRODUCTION TO INFERENCE BPS - 5th Ed. Chapter 14 1

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Statistical Inference BPS - 5th Ed. Chapter 14 2 Provides methods for drawing conclusions about a population from sample data Confidence Intervals What is the population mean? Tests of Significance Is the population mean larger than 66.5?

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Inference about a Mean Simple Conditions BPS - 5th Ed. Chapter 14 3 1. SRS from the population of interest 2. Variable has a Normal distribution N( , ) in the population 3. Although the value of is unknown, the value of the population standard deviation is known

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Confidence Interval BPS - 5th Ed. Chapter 14 4 A level C confidence interval has two parts 1. An interval calculated from the data, usually of the form: estimate ± margin of error 2. The confidence level C, which is the probability that the interval will capture the true parameter value in repeated samples; that is, C is the success rate for the method.

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Body Mass Index of Young Women The Study: 654 Women ages 20-29 Sample mean is 26.8 Population standard deviation is 7.5 Based on this information, answer the following: 1. Estimate the population mean 2. Find the sampling distribution 3. Based on the Normal Distribution, what is the expected BMI of 95% of all samples? BPS - 5th Ed. Chapter 14 5

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Case Study BPS - 5th Ed. Chapter 14 6 NAEP Quantitative Scores (National Assessment of Educational Progress) Rivera-Batiz, F. L., “Quantitative literacy and the likelihood of employment among young adults,” Journal of Human Resources, 27 (1992), pp. 313-328. What is the average score for all young adult males?

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Case Study BPS - 5th Ed. Chapter 14 7 NAEP Quantitative Scores The NAEP survey includes a short test of quantitative skills, covering mainly basic arithmetic and the ability to apply it to realistic problems. Scores on the test range from 0 to 500, with higher scores indicating greater numerical abilities. It is known that NAEP scores have standard deviation = 60.

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Case Study BPS - 5th Ed. Chapter 14 8 NAEP Quantitative Scores In a recent year, 840 men 21 to 25 years of age were in the NAEP sample. Their mean quantitative score was 272. On the basis of this sample, estimate the mean score in the population of all 9.5 million young men of these ages.

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Case Study BPS - 5th Ed. Chapter 14 9 NAEP Quantitative Scores 1. To estimate the unknown population mean , use the sample mean = 272. 2. The law of large numbers suggests that will be close to , but there will be some error in the estimate. 3. The sampling distribution of has the Normal distribution with mean and standard deviation

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Case Study BPS - 5th Ed. Chapter 14 10 NAEP Quantitative Scores

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Case Study BPS - 5th Ed. Chapter 14 11 NAEP Quantitative Scores 4. The 68-95-99.7 rule indicates that and are within two standard deviations (4.2) of each other in about 95% of all samples.

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Case Study BPS - 5th Ed. Chapter 14 12 NAEP Quantitative Scores So, if we estimate that lies within 4.2 of, we’ll be right about 95% of the time.

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Confidence Interval Mean of a Normal Population BPS - 5th Ed. Chapter 14 13 Take an SRS of size n from a Normal population with unknown mean and known standard deviation . A level C confidence interval for is:

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Confidence Interval Mean of a Normal Population BPS - 5th Ed. Chapter 14 14

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Case Study BPS - 5th Ed. Chapter 14 15 NAEP Quantitative Scores Using the 68-95-99.7 rule gave an approximate 95% confidence interval. A more precise 95% confidence interval can be found using the appropriate value of z* (1.960) with the previous formula. We are 95% confident that the average NAEP quantitative score for all adult males is between 267.884 and 276.116.

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Careful Interpretation of a Confidence Interval BPS - 5th Ed. Chapter 14 16 “We are 95% confident that the mean NAEP score for the population of all adult males is between 267.884 and 276.116.” (We feel that plausible values for the population of males’ mean NAEP score are between 267.884 and 276.116.) ** This does not mean that 95% of all males will have NAEP scores between 267.884 and 276.116. ** Statistically: 95% of all samples of size 840 from the population of males should yield a sample mean within two standard errors of the population mean; i.e., in repeated samples, 95% of the C.I.s should contain the true population mean.

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Reasoning of Tests of Significance BPS - 5th Ed. Chapter 14 17 What would happen if we repeated the sample or experiment many times? How likely would it be to see the results we saw if the claim of the test were true? Do the data give evidence against the claim?

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Stating Hypotheses Null Hypothesis, H 0 BPS - 5th Ed. Chapter 14 18 The statement being tested in a statistical test is called the null hypothesis. The test is designed to assess the strength of evidence against the null hypothesis. Usually the null hypothesis is a statement of “no effect” or “no difference”, or it is a statement of equality. When performing a hypothesis test, we assume that the null hypothesis is true until we have sufficient evidence against it.

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Stating Hypotheses Alternative Hypothesis, H a BPS - 5th Ed. Chapter 14 19 The statement we are trying to find evidence for is called the alternative hypothesis. Usually the alternative hypothesis is a statement of “there is an effect” or “there is a difference”, or it is a statement of inequality. The alternative hypothesis should express the hopes or suspicions we bring to the data. It is cheating to first look at the data and then frame H a to fit what the data show.

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The Hypotheses for Means BPS - 5th Ed. Chapter 14 20 Null: H 0 : = 0 u One sided alternatives H a : H a : u Two sided alternative H a : 0

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Test Statistic Testing the Mean of a Normal Population BPS - 5th Ed. Chapter 14 21 Take an SRS of size n from a Normal population with unknown mean and known standard deviation . The test statistic for hypotheses about the mean (H 0 : = 0 ) of a Normal distribution is the standardized version of :

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Case Study I BPS - 5th Ed. Chapter 14 22 Sweetening Colas Diet colas use artificial sweeteners to avoid sugar. These sweeteners gradually lose their sweetness over time. Trained testers sip the cola and assign a “sweetness score” of 1 to 10. The cola is then retested after some time and the two scores are compared to determine the difference in sweetness after storage. Bigger differences indicate bigger loss of sweetness.

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Case Study I BPS - 5th Ed. Chapter 14 23 Sweetening Colas Suppose we know that for any cola, the sweetness loss scores vary from taster to taster according to a Normal distribution with standard deviation = 1. The mean for all tasters measures loss of sweetness. The sweetness losses for a new cola, as measured by 10 trained testers, yields an average sweetness loss of = 1.02. Do the data provide sufficient evidence that the new cola lost sweetness in storage?

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Case Study I BPS - 5th Ed. Chapter 14 24 Sweetening Colas If the claim that = 0 is true (no loss of sweetness, on average), the sampling distribution of from 10 tasters is Normal with = 0 and standard deviation The data yielded = 1.02, which is more than three standard deviations from = 0. This is strong evidence that the new cola lost sweetness in storage. If the data yielded = 0.3, which is less than one standard deviations from = 0, there would be no evidence that the new cola lost sweetness in storage.

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Case Study I BPS - 5th Ed. Chapter 14 25 Sweetening Colas

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Case Study I BPS - 5th Ed. Chapter 14 26 Sweetening Colas The null hypothesis is no average sweetness loss occurs, while the alternative hypothesis (that which we want to show is likely to be true) is that an average sweetness loss does occur. H 0 : = 0H a : > 0 This is considered a one-sided test because we are interested only in determining if the cola lost sweetness (gaining sweetness is of no consequence in this study).

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Case Study I BPS - 5th Ed. Chapter 14 27 Sweetening Colas If the null hypothesis of no average sweetness loss is true, the test statistic would be: Because the sample result is more than 3 standard deviations above the hypothesized mean 0, it gives strong evidence that the mean sweetness loss is not 0, but positive.

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Case Study II BPS - 5th Ed. Chapter 14 28 Studying Job Satisfaction Does the job satisfaction of assembly workers differ when their work is machine-paced rather than self-paced? A matched pairs study was performed on a sample of workers, and each worker’s satisfaction was assessed after working in each setting. The response variable is the difference in satisfaction scores, self- paced minus machine-paced.

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Case Study II BPS - 5th Ed. Chapter 14 29 Studying Job Satisfaction The null hypothesis is no average difference in scores in the population of assembly workers, while the alternative hypothesis (that which we want to show is likely to be true) is there is an average difference in scores in the population of assembly workers. H 0 : = 0H a : ≠ 0 This is considered a two-sided test because we are interested determining if a difference exists (the direction of the difference is not of interest in this study).

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Professors’ Salaries BPS - 5th Ed. Chapter 14 30 A researcher reports that the average salary of assistant professors is more than $42,000. A sample of 30 assistant professors has a mean salary of $43,260. At α= 0.05, test the claim that assistant professors earn more than $42,000 a year. The standard deviation of the population is $5230.

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Cost of Men’s Athletic Shoes BPS - 5th Ed. Chapter 14 31 A researcher claims that the average cost of men’s athletic shoes is less than $80 with a standard deviation of 19.2. He selects a random sample of 36 pairs of shoes from a catalog and finds a mean price of $75. (The costs have been rounded to the nearest dollar.) Is there enough evidence to support the researcher’s claim at α = 0.10?

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Cost of Rehabilitation BPS - 5th Ed. Chapter 14 32 The Medical Rehabilitation Education Foundation reports that the cost of rehabilitation for stroke victims is $24,672. To see if the average cost of rehabilitation is different at a particular hospital, a researcher selects a random sample of 35 stroke victims at the hospital and finds that the average cost of their rehabilitation is $25,226. The standard deviation of the population is $3251. At α = 0.01, can it be concluded that the average cost of stroke rehabilitation at a particular hospital is different from $24,672?

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P-value BPS - 5th Ed. Chapter 14 33 Assuming that the null hypothesis is true, the probability that the test statistic would take a value as extreme or more extreme than the value actually observed is called the P-value of the test. The smaller the P-value, the stronger the evidence the data provide against the null hypothesis. That is, a small P-value indicates a small likelihood of observing the sampled results if the null hypothesis were true.

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P-value for Testing Means BPS - 5th Ed. Chapter 14 34 H a : > 0 v P-value is the probability of getting a value as large or larger than the observed test statistic (z) value. H a : < 0 v P-value is the probability of getting a value as small or smaller than the observed test statistic (z) value. H a : 0 v P-value is two times the probability of getting a value as large or larger than the absolute value of the observed test statistic (z) value.

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Case Study I BPS - 5th Ed. Chapter 14 35 Sweetening Colas For test statistic z = 3.23 and alternative hypothesis H a : > 0, the P-value would be: P-value = P(Z > 3.23) = 1 – 0.9994 = 0.0006 If H 0 is true, there is only a 0.0006 (0.06%) chance that we would see results at least as extreme as those in the sample; thus, since we saw results that are unlikely if H 0 is true, we therefore have evidence against H 0 and in favor of H a.

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Case Study I BPS - 5th Ed. Chapter 14 36 Sweetening Colas

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Case Study II BPS - 5th Ed. Chapter 14 37 Studying Job Satisfaction Suppose job satisfaction scores follow a Normal distribution with standard deviation = 60. Data from 18 workers gave a sample mean score of 17. If the null hypothesis of no average difference in job satisfaction is true, the test statistic would be:

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Case Study II BPS - 5th Ed. Chapter 14 38 Studying Job Satisfaction For test statistic z = 1.20 and alternative hypothesis H a : ≠ 0, the P-value would be: P-value= P(Z 1.20) = 2 P(Z 1.20) = (2)(0.1151) = 0.2302 If H 0 is true, there is a 0.2302 (23.02%) chance that we would see results at least as extreme as those in the sample; thus, since we saw results that are likely if H 0 is true, we therefore do not have good evidence against H 0 and in favor of H a.

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Case Study II BPS - 5th Ed. Chapter 14 39 Studying Job Satisfaction

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Statistical Significance BPS - 5th Ed. Chapter 14 40 If the P-value is as small as or smaller than the significance level (i.e., P-value ≤ ), then we say that the data give results that are statistically significant at level . If we choose = 0.05, we are requiring that the data give evidence against H 0 so strong that it would occur no more than 5% of the time when H 0 is true. If we choose = 0.01, we are insisting on stronger evidence against H 0, evidence so strong that it would occur only 1% of the time when H 0 is true.

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Tests for a Population Mean BPS - 5th Ed. Chapter 14 41 The four steps in carrying out a significance test: 1. State the null and alternative hypotheses. 2. Calculate the test statistic. 3. Find the P-value. 4. State your conclusion in the context of the specific setting of the test. The procedure for Steps 2 and 3 is on the next page.

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Case Study I BPS - 5th Ed. Chapter 14 43 Sweetening Colas 1. Hypotheses:H 0 : = 0 H a : > 0 2. Test Statistic: 3. P-value:P-value = P(Z > 3.23) = 1 – 0.9994 = 0.0006 4. Conclusion: Since the P-value is smaller than = 0.01, there is very strong evidence that the new cola loses sweetness on average during storage at room temperature.

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Case Study II BPS - 5th Ed. Chapter 14 44 Studying Job Satisfaction 1. Hypotheses:H 0 : = 0 H a : ≠ 0 2. Test Statistic: 3. P-value:P-value = 2P(Z > 1.20) = (2)(1 – 0.8849) = 0.2302 4. Conclusion: Since the P-value is larger than = 0.10, there is not sufficient evidence that mean job satisfaction of assembly workers differs when their work is machine-paced rather than self-paced.

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Confidence Intervals & Two-Sided Tests BPS - 5th Ed. Chapter 14 45 A level two-sided significance test rejects the null hypothesis H 0 : = 0 exactly when the value 0 falls outside a level (1 – ) confidence interval for .

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Case Study II BPS - 5th Ed. Chapter 14 46 A 90% confidence interval for is: Since 0 = 0 is in this confidence interval, it is plausible that the true value of is 0; thus, there is not sufficient evidence (at = 0.10) that the mean job satisfaction of assembly workers differs when their work is machine-paced rather than self-paced. Studying Job Satisfaction

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