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The notation commonly used to represent the null hypothesis is H0, and in each of the tests described below, we will explicitly state it in its mathematical parlance, and then describe, in plain English what it means. Once you have assumed that the null hypothesis is true, you have to perform the next phase of the comparison. (Since most of our work is done with means, we will use the sample mean as an example of the summary measure we can test. ) This involves determining how far apart two sample means are when distance is measured in a probability space.

Remember the bridge we built in the discussion of Descriptive Statistics above? This new distribution also has a mean of zero but it now has a standard 54 The Biostatistics Cookbook deviation of one because of our normalization procedure. It is called the standard normal or z-distribution, and is calculated from a complex mathematical formula which describes the bell shape shown in Figure 17. e. the areas to the right and left of any arbitrary cut-off point. g. 1 noise unit, have a fixed probability of occurring when the null hypothesis is true.

2) that they are drawn from an underlying distribution which is normal; (3) the sample population is chosen randomly from the homogeneous underlying population. We will discuss these assumptions and what happens when they are violated below. The test - the equation, what it means, and the distance it measures The null hypothesis is given by: In English, this says that the mean of your underlying population is In this analysis, we test to see whether you could observe a sample mean consistent with that assumption.