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Psych 2220, one-sample t test

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Here is an intro of notes to one-sample t tests, I will upload some more notes with practice problems worked through tomorrow :)
Data Analysis in Psychology
Joseph Roberts
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Stats, psych, Data Analysis, OSU, ohio state, neuroscience, 2220, hitchcock, college, help, Homework, Math, t test, one sample
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Date Created: 03/05/16
Chapter 9 Notes: One-Sample T Tests - Quick review o normally shaped distribution of scores with a specific µ and σ– convert to z scores for the probability of randomly sampling specific values o population with specific µ and σ—convert sample mean, M into z statistic- for the probability of obtaining that mean by random sampling  We no longer need to know that the original distribution of scores is normal (if N >30) - What’s New o Sample N>30, and specific µ, convert sample mean, M into standardized test statistic for the probability of randomly sampling specific values  We don’t know σ so this must be estimated  Use samples standard deviation, s, as our best point estimate for σ  Can similarly adjust confidence interval and effect size formulas o If population has specific µ, converting sample mean M into t statistic will tell us about the probability of obtaining that mean by random sampling.  We no longer need to know that the original distribution of scores is normal (if N>30)  We no longer need to know the population’s σ value o When we discard assumptions about the population we sampled from, we can better accommodate the real world (which deviates from those assumptions)  The one sample t statistic is exactly like the z statistic, but with one less assumption, and a different table to lookup values in. M−μ M M−μ M M=¿ = σ M σ √N Z ¿ M−μ M−μ t = M = M M M s √ N - One sample t test: o A test statistic that expresses the distance between a sample mean M and some suspected population mean µ, scaled to an inferentially valuable indication of variability: standard error of the mMan (s )  Look and realize that this formula is already one that we know- M−μ M−μ t = M = M M sM s √ N o The hypothesis test we perform to determine whether we should reject a null hypothesis about µ  Follows the same approach as the z test (approximately)  H 1 µ ≠ 50 (for any specific focal value of µ)  H 0 µ = 50 (Formally, µ -50=0) (look for the zero-point) o Follows the same approach as the z test-but we need to know the sample size N o Degrees of freedom (df) for a one-sample t test: N – 1 o There are actually many distributions for the t statistic, each corresponding to a different sample size. So we use df to isolate the specific distribution –and corresponding critical values for our hypothesis test. o Table B-2: Critical Values in the t distributions  Recall that there’s one standard normal curve –z distribution- but we have lots of similar-yet-different t distributions  So the table only shows critical values for certain levels of significance (.10, .05 and.01) o Notice how the denominator can be represented in terms of sample 2 variance (s ) rather than sample standard deviation (s): M−μ M−μ tM= M = M sM s N √ 2 o That hidden variance term (s ) will become important again later, so keep track of how to find it. - So far o We discovered that one-sample t tests are almost exactly like z tests, but used when we don’t know the population’s σ o This better accommodates real world use of statistics  Do psychology majors’ GPAs differ from the OSU average?  Are students favorable toward the new OSU president? (significantly more positive than a hypothesized population average that reflects ‘neutral’ or ‘no opinion’) - Where we are o We know something about normal distributions. If we’re sampling from a normal distribution, great-if not, we should try to get N>30 in our sample. The central limit theorem tells us that a distribution of means would then be normally shaped.  Then:  TEST HYPOTHESIS (compare sample mean M to some population µ)  CONFIDENCE INTERVAL (for µ, centered on M)  EFFECT SIZE (of a difference between M and µ) - The problem of variance o We use the t distribution if we don’t have σ  Different t distributions for different sample sizes o Z distribution doesn’t vary with sample size, because it’s built from know population properties o t distribution varies with sample, size, because we use our observed sample to infer population properties. With increasing sample size, our inference is more accurate  N  ∞, t distribution  z distribution - Factors affecting significance of t tests o Unstandardized EFFECT SIZE o Magnitude of measured STANDARD DEVIATION o SAMPLE SIZE o ONE VS TWO-TAILED TEST - What we can do o Test for difference between one score and a population  Convert to z o Test for differences between sample and population with known µ and σ  Use z-statistics, attending to sample sizeMZ o Test for differences between sample and population with unknown σ  Use sample s as a best-guess substitute for σ  Use t-statistics, attending to sample size: t & df Excercise 1: Average recent monthly profits (M) vs. long-run monthly average profit (µ=$5,000) a. H1: profit is too much lower than average, µ < 5,000 b. H0: profit is NOT too much lower than average, µ ≥ 5,000 2. Data: the past 3 months profits were $4500, $3100, $3900 3. Sample mean M & standard deviation s (what is N?) a. M= 3833 b. S= 702 c. N= 3 4. Standard error of the mean, sM σ = σ a. SM= (702/ √3) = 405 M √N  s = s M √N 5. One-sample t statistic t = M−μ M = M−μ M M s s a. t=(3833 – 5000) / 405 = -2.88 M √ N 6. Compare to critical value in t table for (df = N = 1) a. tcritical2 for df = 2 & one-tailed α = .05 7. Reject null? a. -2.88 is NOT more extreme than -2.92. so we fail to rejec0 H b. Profits do not seem significantly lower than the average, based on this sample. 8. Effect Size a. Cohen’s d= (3833 – 5000) / 702 i. d= -1.66 Cohen sd= (M−μ) σ b. THESE three months’ profits were 1.66 standard deviations below the long-run average (descriptively speaking) c. Effect size alone doesn’t tell us whether all months’ profits are systematically lower than average. 9. 90% Confidence Interval M lower samplecrit M M upper samplecrit M a. µupper 3833 + 2.92 * (405) = 5015 b. µlower 3833 – 2.92 * (405) = 2650 c. the 90% confidence interval includes $5,000


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