Lecture Slides Elementary StatisticsTwelfth Edition and the Triola Statistics Series by Mario F. Triola
Chapter 8Hypothesis Testing 8-1 Review and Preview 8-2 Basics of Hypothesis Testing 8-3 Testing a Claim about a Proportion 8-4 Testing a Claim About a Mean 8-5 Testing a Claim About a Standard Deviation or Variance
Review In Chapters 2 and 3 we used descriptive statistics when we summarized data using tools such as graphs, and statistics such as the mean and standard deviation. Methods of inferential statistics use sample data to make an inference or conclusion about a population. The two main activities of inferential statistics are using sample data to (1) estimate a population parameter (such as estimating a population parameter with a confidence interval), and (2) test a hypothesis or claim about a population parameter. In Chapter 7 we presented methods for estimating a population parameter with a confidence interval, and in this chapter we present the method of hypothesis testing.
Main Objective The main objective of this chapter is to develop the ability to conduct hypothesis tests for claims made about a population proportion p, a population mean μ, or a population standard deviationσ.
Examples of Hypotheses that can be Tested Genetics: The Genetics & IVF Institute claims that its XSORT method allows couples to increase the probability of having a baby girl. Business: A newspaper cites a PriceGrabber.com survey of 1631 subjects and claims that a majority have heard of Kindle as an e-book reader. Health: It is often claimed that the mean body temperature is 98.6 degrees. We can test this claim using a sample of 106 body temperatures with a mean of 98.2 degrees.
Caution When conducting hypothesis tests as described in this chapter and the following chapters, instead of jumping directly to procedures and calculations, be sure to consider the context of the data, the source of the data, and the sampling method used to obtain the sample data.