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Hypothesis Testing: Preliminaries A hypothesis is a statement that something is true. Null hypothesis: A hypothesis to be tested. We use the symbol H0 to represent the null hypothesis Alternative hypothesis: A hypothesis to be considered as an alternative to the null hypothesis. We use the symbol Ha to represent the alternative hypothesis. - The alternative hypothesis is the one believe to to be true, or what you are trying to prove is true. In this course, we will always assume that the null hypothesis for a population parameter, , always specifies a single value for that parameter. So, an equal sign always appears: H 0 : 0 If the primary concern is deciding whether a population parameter is different than a specified value, the alternative hypothesis should be: H a : 0 This form of alternative hypothesis is called a two-tailed test. Example: You suspect that the equilibrium wage of low skilled workers is not the federal minimum wage level of $5.15 *If the primary concern is whether a population parameter, , is less than a specified value 0 , the alternative hypothesis should be: H a : 0 A hypothesis test whose alternative hypothesis has this form is called a left-tailed test. *If the primary concern is whether a population parameter, , is greater than a specified value 0 , the alternative hypothesis should be: H a : 0 A hypothesis test whose alternative hypothesis has this form is called a right-tailed test. A hypothesis test is called a one-tailed test if it is either right- or left-tailed, i.e.,if it is not a two-tailed test. After we have the null hypothesis, we have to determine whether to reject it or fail to reject it. The decision to reject or fail to reject is based on information contained in a sample drawn from the population of interest. The sample values are used to compute a single number, corresponding to a point on a line, which operates as a decision maker. This decision maker is called test statistic If test statistic falls in some interval which support alternative hypothesis, we reject the null hypothesis. This interval is called rejection region It test statistic falls in some interval which support null hypothesis, we fail to reject the null hypothesis. This interval is called acceptance region The value of the point, which divide the rejection region and acceptance one is called critical value We can make mistakes in the test. Type I error: reject the null hypothesis when it is true. probability of type I error is denoted by Type II error: accept the null hypothesis when it is wrong. probability of type II error is denoted by Test of hypothesis for a population mean • We are basically asking: What observed value of x bar would be different enough from my null hypothesis value to convince me that my null is wrong • We always talk in terms of type I errors, alpha, which are always small (.1, .05, .01) • The smaller alpha gets the more tight your proof that the alternative is correct, because the probability of type I error is reduced, but the chances of pa type II error are increased Test of hypothesis for a population mean (two tailed and large sample) 1) Hypothesis: H 0 : 0 H a : 0 2) Test statistic: large sample case x 0 zobs / n 3) Critical value, rejection and acceptance region: - The bigger the absolute value of z is, the more possible to reject null hypothesis. - The critical value depend on the significance level - rejection region: | zobs | z / 2 or crit Test of hypothesis for a population mean (one tailed test and large sample) 1) Hypothesis: H 0 : 0 H a : 0 or H a : 0 2) Test statistic: large sample case x 0 zobs / n 3) Critical value, rejection and acceptance region: rejection region: z obs z or zobs z Example: a sample of 60 students’ grades is take from a large class, the average grade in the sample is 80 with a sample standard deviation 10. Test the hypothesis that the average grade is 75 with 5% significance level (probability of making a type I error). Test of hypothesis for a population mean (two tailed and small sample) 1) Hypothesis: H 0 : 0 H a : 0 2) Test statistic: small sample case x 0 t s/ n 3) Critical value, rejection and acceptance region: - The bigger the absolute value of t is, the more possible to reject null hypothesis. - The critical value depends on significance level - rejection region: | t | t / 2 d.f.=n-1 Test of hypothesis for a population mean (one tailed test and small sample) 1) Hypothesis: H 0 : 0 H a : 0 or H a : 0 2) Test statistic: small sample case x 0 t s/ n 3) Critical value, rejection and acceptance region: rejection region: t t or t t d.f.=n-1 Example: suppose you have a sample of 11 Econ 70 midterm exam grades. The mean of that sample is 81 with a standard deviation of 9. 1) Test hypothesis that average grade of the population is 75 with 5% significance level. 2) Test hypothesis that average grade of the population is greater than 80 with 5% significance level. STATA • ttest Test of difference between two population means Population 1: faculty in public schools Population 2: faculty in private schools 1 =mean salary of faculty in public schools 2=mean salary of faculty in private schools Two samples: one from public the other from private H 0 : 1 2 H a : 1 2 In large sample case, the sampling distribution of difference between population mean x1 x2 is a normal distribution with mean ( x x ) 1 2 1 2 and the standard deviation is 12 2 2 (x x ) 1 2 n1 n2 Test of hypothesis for difference of two population means (two tailed and large sample) 1) Hypothesis: D0 is some specified difference that you wish to test. For many tests, you will wish to hypothesize that there is no difference between two means, that is D0=0 H 0 : 1 2 D0 H a : 1 2 D0 2) Test statistic: large sample case ( x1 x2 ) D0 ( x1 x2 ) D0 z obs (x x 12 2 2 1 2 ) n1 n2 3) Critical value, rejection and acceptance region: rejection region: | zobs | z / 2 Test of hypothesis for difference of two population means(one tailed test and large sample) 1) Hypothesis: H 0 : 1 2 D0 H a : 1 2 D0 or H a : 1 2 D0 2) Test statistic: large sample case ( x1 x2 ) D0 ( x1 x2 ) D0 z obs (x x 12 2 2 1 2) n1 n2 3) Critical value, rejection and acceptance region: rejection region: z obs z or zobs z Example: compare salary difference. Population 1: faculty in public schools Population 2: faculty in private schools 1 =mean salary of faculty in public schools 2 =mean salary of faculty in private schools Sample 1: salaries of faculty members in public schools (n=30) Sample 2: salaries of faculty members in private schools (n=35) x1 57.48 x2 66.39 s1 9 s2 9.5 Test the hypothesis that the salaries are less for faculty in public school with 5% significance level In small sample case, the sampling distribution of the difference between two means is the t-distribution with mean ( x x ) 1 2 1 2 and standard deviation 1 1 s n1 n2 where (n1 1)s12 (n2 1) s2 2 s2 n1 n2 2 with n1+n2-2 degrees of freedom Test of hypothesis for difference of two population means (two tailed and small sample) 1) Hypothesis: H 0 : 1 2 D0 H a : 1 2 D0 2) Test statistic: small sample case ( x1 x2 ) D0 tobs 1 1 s n1 n2 3) Critical value, rejection and acceptance region: rejection region: | tobs | t / 2 d.f=n1+n2-2 Test of hypothesis for difference of two population means (one tailed test and small sample) 1) Hypothesis: H 0 : 1 2 D0 H a : 1 2 D0 or H a : 1 2 D0 2) Test statistic: small sample case ( x1 x2 ) D0 tobs 1 1 s n1 n2 3) Critical value, rejection and acceptance region: rejection region: tobs t or tobs t d.f.=n1+n2-2 Example: compare salary difference. Population 1: faculty in public schools Population 2: faculty in private schools 1=mean salary of faculty in public schools 2 =mean salary of faculty in private schools Sample 1: salaries of faculty members in public schools (n=10) Sample 2: salaries of faculty members in private schools (n=15) x1 57.48 x2 66.39 s1 9 s2 9.5 Test the hypothesis that the salaries are the same for faculty in public and private school with 5% significance level Test of hypothesis for binomial proportion 1) Hypothesis: H 0 : p p0 Two-tailed: H a : p p0 One-tailed: H a : p p0 or H a : p p0 2) Test statistic: large sample case p p0 ˆ zobs p ˆ x p0 q0 n n 3) Critical value, rejection and acceptance region: rejection region: two-tailed : | z | z obs /2 one-tailed: z obs z or zobs z STATA • prtest Test of hypothesis for difference in binomial proportions 1) Hypothesis : H A : ( p1 p2 ) D0 one/two tail tests 2)Test statistic ( p1 p2 ) D0 ˆ ˆ zobs p1q1 p2 q2 n1 n2 Test of hypothesis for difference in binomial proportions • Because p1 and p2 are not known use a pooled p in the sample standard error when your testing whether the difference is zero x1 x2 p ˆ n1 n2 • And when you are testing whether the difference is something other than zero use the estimated proportions from the two different samples • Section 8.8 in the book has this spelled out nicely P-values P-values The smallest value of alpha for which test results are statistically significant, or in other words, statistically different than the null hypothesis value. Smallest value at which you still reject the null. Example 1: You see a p-value of .025 - You would fail to reject at a 1% level of sig, but reject at 5% Example 2: 60 students are polled average of 72 observed with a standard deviation of 10, what is the p-value of the test whether the population average is 75? P-value 1. Calculate the z observed value for your observation 2. Find the area to the right of this value 3. If this is a two tailed test multiply this area by 2, if this is a one-tail test you are done Example: 60 students are polled average of 72 observed with a standard deviation of 10, what is the p-value of the test whether the population average is 75? Power of a statistical test - P(reject the null hypothesis when it is false)=1- -(1-α) is the probability we accept the null when it was in fact true -(1-β) is the probability we reject when the null is in fact false - this is the power of the test. -You would prefer to have a larger power -The power changes depending on what the actual population parameter is. Power of a Test 1. Find the critical values around your null hypothesis in terms of x 2. Calculate the probability that an x from the true distribution would fall into this range 3. The Power of the test is one minus the value found in part 2. Example: • The null hypothesis states that the population average on recent test is 80. What is the power of this test performed at a 5% significance level if the population mean is actually 75

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