Chapter 10: The
t Test For
Two
Independent
Samples
Independent-Measures
Designs
Allows us to evaluate the mean difference between
two populations using data from two separate
samples
Also called a b
Probability
Probability- a value between zero and one, inclusive, describing the relative possibility (chance
or likelihood) an event will occur. Chance behavior is unpredictable in the short run, but
Probability Distribution
Characteristics of a normal p.d. and the 2 parameters that define it- 1. It is bell-shaped and has a
single peak at the center of the distribution, the mean, median, and mode
Other
Why is the mean also called the Expected Value? It is the weighted average where the possible
values of a random variable are weighted by their corresponding probabilities of occurrence.
Empirical Rule
For a symmetrical, bell-shaped frequency distribution, approximately 68% of the observations
will lie within plus and minus one standard deviation of the mean; about 95% of the observat
Distribution and SD
Standard deviation (pop) ^2 = sum of [(x (value)-mean) ^2/N (number of observations)
Standard deviation (sample) ^2 = sum of [(x (value)-mean) ^2/n-1 (s =)
Symmetric Distribution-
Coefficient of Variation
Know the use of the coefficient of variation- in case of more than one mean, and one standard
deviation, we find the coefficient of variation and use this to compare the varia
Binomial Distribution
Binomial distribution- a widely occurring discrete probability distribution
Four characteristics of a binomial setting- 1. Fixed number of observations 2. Each observation
falls