 # Confidence Intervals and Hypothesis Tests

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Confidence Intervals and Hypothesis Tests
Section 4.5 Confidence Intervals and Hypothesis Tests

Bootstrap and Randomization Distributions
Bootstrap Distribution Randomization Distribution Estimates the distribution of sample statistics Estimates the distribution of sample statistics, if H0 true Centered around the observed sample statistic Centered around the null hypothesized value Simulate sampling from the population by resampling from the original sample Simulate samples assuming H0 were true Big difference: a randomization distribution assumes H0 is true, while a bootstrap distribution does not

Which Distribution? Let  be the average amount of sleep college students get per night. Data was collected on a sample of students, and for this sample hours. A bootstrap distribution is generated to create a confidence interval for , and a randomization distribution is generated to see if the data provide evidence that  > 7. Which distribution below is the bootstrap distribution? (a) is centered around the sample statistic, 6.7

Which Distribution? Intro stat students are surveyed, and we find that 152 out of 218 are female. Let p be the proportion of intro stat students at that university who are female. A bootstrap distribution is generated for a confidence interval for p, and a randomization distribution is generated to see if the data provide evidence that p > 1/2. Which distribution is the randomization distribution? (a) is centered around the null value, 1/2

Body Temperature We created a bootstrap distribution for average body temperature by resampling with replacement from the original sample (

Body Temperature We also created a randomization distribution to see if average body temperature differs from 98.6F by adding 0.34 to every value to make the null true, and then resampling with replacement from this modified sample:

Body Temperature These two distributions are identical (up to random variation from simulation to simulation) except for the center The bootstrap distribution is centered around the sample statistic, 98.26, while the randomization distribution is centered around the null hypothesized value, 98.6 The randomization distribution is equivalent to the bootstrap distribution, but shifted over

Body Temperature Bootstrap Distribution Randomization Distribution
98.26 98.6 Randomization Distribution H0:  = 98.6 Ha:  ≠ 98.6 Talk about the fact that the null hypothesized value is in the extremes of the bootstrap distribution, so the sample statistic is in the extremes of the randomization distribution

Body Temperature Bootstrap Distribution Randomization Distribution
98.26 98.4 Randomization Distribution H0:  = 98.4 Ha:  ≠ 98.4 Talk about the fact that the null hypothesized value is not in the extremes of the bootstrap distribution, so the sample statistic is not in the extremes of the randomization distribution

Intervals and Tests If a 95% CI contains the parameter in H0, then a two-tailed test should not reject H0 at a 5% significance level. If a 95% CI misses the parameter in H0, then a two-tailed test should reject H0 at a 5% significance level.

Intervals and Tests A confidence interval represents plausible values for the population parameter If the null hypothesized value IS NOT within the CI, it is not plausible and should be rejected If the null hypothesized value IS within the CI, it is plausible and should not be rejected

Body Temperatures Using bootstrapping, we found a 95% confidence interval for the mean body temperature to be (98.05, 98.47) This does not contain 98.6, so at α = 0.05 we would reject H0 for the hypotheses H0 :  = 98.6 Ha :  ≠ 98.6

Both Father and Mother “Does a child need both a father and a mother to grow up happily?” Let p be the proportion of adults aged in who say yes. A 95% CI for p is (0.487, 0.573). Testing H0: p = 0.5 vs Ha: p ≠ 0.5 with α = 0.05, do we reject H0 or not reject H0? Do not reject H0 0.5 is within the CI, so is a plausible value for p.

Both Father and Mother “Does a child need both a father and a mother to grow up happily?” Let p be the proportion of adults aged in who say yes. A 95% CI for p is (0.533, 0.607). Testing H0: p = 0.5 vs Ha: p ≠ 0.5 with α = 0.05, we reject H0 or do not reject H0? Reject H0 0.5 is not within the CI, so is not a plausible value for p.

Intervals and Tests Confidence intervals are most useful when you want to estimate population parameters Hypothesis tests and p-values are most useful when you want to test hypotheses about population parameters Confidence intervals give you a range of plausible values; p-values quantify the strength of evidence against the null hypothesis

Interval, Test, or Neither?
Are the following questions best assessed using a confidence interval, a hypothesis test, or is statistical inference not relevant? Do a majority of adults riding a bicycle wear a helmet? On average, how much more do adults who played sports in high school exercise than adults who did not play sports in high school? On average, were the 23 players on the Canadian Olympic hockey team older than the 23 players on the 2010 US Olympic hockey team? test; interval; inference not relevant

With small sample sizes, even large differences or effects may not be significant With large sample sizes, even a very small difference or effect can be significant A statistically significant result is not always practically significant, especially with large sample sizes

Statistical vs Practical Significance
Example: Suppose a weight loss program recruits 10,000 people for a randomized experiment. A difference in average weight loss of only 0.5 lbs could be found to be statistically significant Suppose the experiment lasted for a year. Is a loss of ½ a pound practically significant?

Diet and Sex of Baby Are certain foods in your diet associated with whether or not you conceive a boy or a girl? To study this, researchers asked women about their eating habits, including asking whether or not they ate 133 different foods regularly. For each of the 133 foods studied, a hypothesis test was conducted for a difference between mothers who conceived boys and girls in the proportion who consume each food.

Hypothesis Tests State the null and alternative hypotheses
If there are NO differences (all null hypotheses are true), about how many significant differences would be found using α = 0.05? A significant difference was found for breakfast cereal (mothers of boys eat more), prompting the headline “Breakfast Cereal Boosts Chances of Conceiving Boys”. How might you explain this? pb: proportion of mothers who have boys that consume the food regularly pg: proportion of mothers who have girls that consume the food regularly H0: pb = pg Ha: pb ≠ pg 133  0.05 = 6.65 Random chance; several tests (about 6 or 7) are going to be significant, even if no differences exist

Multiple Testing When multiple hypothesis tests are conducted, the chance that at least one test incorrectly rejects a true null hypothesis increases with the number of tests. If the null hypotheses are all true, α of the tests will yield statistically significant results just by random chance.

Multiple Comparisons Consider a topic that is being investigated by research teams all over the world  Using α = 0.05, 5% of teams are going to find something significant, even if the null hypothesis is true

Multiple Comparisons Consider a research team/company doing many hypothesis tests Using α = 0.05, 5% of tests are going to be significant, even if the null hypotheses are all true

Multiple Comparisons This is a serious problem
The most important thing is to be aware of this issue, and not to trust claims that are obviously one of many tests (unless they specifically mention an adjustment for multiple testing) There are ways to account for this (e.g. Bonferroni’s Correction), but these are beyond the scope of this class

Publication Bias Publication bias refers to the fact that usually only the significant results get published The one study that turns out significant gets published, and no one knows about all the insignificant results This combined with the problem of multiple comparisons, can yield very misleading results

Jelly Beans Cause Acne! http://xkcd.com/882/
Consider having your students act this out in class, each reading aloud a different part. it’s very fun!

Summary If a null hypothesized value lies inside a 95% CI, a two-tailed test using α = 0.05 would not reject H0 If a null hypothesized value lies outside a 95% CI, a two-tailed test using α = 0.05 would reject H0 Statistical significance is not always the same as practical significance Using α = 0.05, 5% of all hypothesis tests will lead to rejecting the null, even if all the null hypotheses are true