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Most users of statistics are familiar with the F-test for Variances. But there is also a Chi-Square Test for the Variance. What's the difference?The F-test compares the Variances from 2 different Populations or Processes. It basically divides one Variance by the other and uses the appropriate F Distribution to determine whether there is a Statistically Significant difference.If you're familiar with t-tests, the F-test is analogous to the 2-Sample t-test. The F-test is a Parametric test. It requires that the data from both the 2 Samples each be roughly Normal.The following compare-and-contrast table may help clarify these concepts: Chi-Square (like
z, t, and F) is a Test Statistic. That is, it has an associated family of Probability Distributions.The Chi-Square Test for the Variance compares the Variance from a Single Population or Process to a Variance that we specify. That specified Variance could be a target value, a historical value, or anything else. Since there is only 1 Sample of data from the single Population or Process, the Chi-Square test is analogous to the 1-Sample t-test.In contrast to the the F-test, the Chi-Square test is Nonparametric. It has no restrictions on the data. Videos: I have published the following relevant videos on my YouTube channel, "Statistics from A to Z"*F*Distribution:__https://youtu.be/w1TvaQgoNCY__- Chi-Square -- the Test Statistic and Its Distributions:
__https://youtu.be/RJMNkzuxOA4__ *t*: the Test Statistic and Its Distributions:__youtu.be/3GCJU_RCgoM__
There are 3 categories of numerical properties which describe a Probability Distribution (e.g. the Normal or Binomial Distributions). - Center: e.g. Mean
- Variation: e.g. Standard Deviation
- Shape: e.g. Skewness
Skewness is a case in which common usage of a term is the opposite of statistical usage. If the average person saw the Distribution on the left, they would say that it's skewed to the right, because that is where the bulk of the curve is. However, in statistics, it's the opposite. The Skew is in the direction of the long tail.
If you can remember these drawings, think of "the tail wagging the dog."New Video:
Standard Error.See the Videos pages of this website for a listing of available and planned videos. Many folks are confused about this, especially since the names for these tests themselves can be misleading. What we're calling the "2-Sample t-test" is sometimes called the "Independent Samples t-test". And what we're calling the "Paired t-test" is then called the "Dependent Samples t-test", implying that it involves more than one Sample. But that is not the case. It is more accurate -- and less confusing -- to call it the Paired t-test. First of all, notice that the 2-Sample test, on the left,
does have 2 Samples. We see that there are two different groups of test subjects involved (note the names are different) -- the Trained and the Not Trained. The 2-Sample t-test will compare the Mean score of the people who were not trained with the Mean score of different people who were trained.The story with the Paired Samples t-test is very different. We only have one set of test subjects, but 2 different conditions under which their scores were collected. For each person (test subject), a pair of scores -- Before and After -- was collected. (Before-and-After comparisons appear to be the most common use for the Paired test.) Then, for each individual, the difference between the two scores is calculated. The values of the differences are the Sample (in this case: 4, 7, 8, 3, 8 ). And the Mean of those differences is compared by the test to a Mean of zero.For more on the subject, you can view my video, t, the Test Statistic and its Distributions. One would think that a chemical engineer would be pretty adept at technical things. And one with a PhD even more so. But, it seems that the confusion sowed by statistics knows no bounds. A PhD in chemical engineering recently told me, "I never did get the hang of statistics."
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new Video, "Standard Deviation". It is part of the playlist on Variation, Variability, Dispersion, and Spread. Below are the 5 Keys to Understanding for this concept. See the videos page of this website for the latest status of available and planned videos.## Statistics Tip: Alpha and p are Cumulative Probabilities; z and z-critical are point values.6/28/2018 Alpha, p, Critical Value, and Test Statistic are 4 concepts which work together in many statistical tests. In this tip, we'll touch on part of the story. The pictures below show two graphs which are close-ups of the right tail of a Normal Distribution. The graphs show the result of calculations in 2 different tests.The horizontal axis shows values of the Test Statistic,
z. So, z is a point value on this horizontal z-axis. z = 0 is to the left of these close-ups of the right tail. The value of z is calculated from the Sample data. - Note that the calculated
*z*defines the boundary of a hatched area. The hatched areas under the curve represent the value of the Cumulative Probability,*p*. - And z-critical (the Critical Value of
*z*) defines the boundary of the shaded area representing α.
For more on how these four concepts work together, there is an article in the book, "Alpha, p, Critical Value and Test Statistic -- How They Work Together". I think this is the best article in the book. You can also see that article's content on my YouTube video. There are also individual articles and videos on each of the 4 concepts. My YouTube Channel is "Statistics from A to Z -- Confusing Concepts Clarified". I just uploaded a
new Video, "Variance". It is part of the playlist on Variation, Variability, Dispersion, and Spread. Below are the 6 Keys to Understanding for this concept. See the videos page of this website for the latest status of available and planned videos.In ANOVA, Sum of Squares Total (SST) equals Sum of Squares Within (SSW) plus Sum of Squares Between. (SSB). That is, SST = SSW + SSB. In this Tip, we'll talk about Sum of Squares Within, SSW. In ANOVA, Sum of Squares Within (SSW) is the sum of Variations within each of several datasets or Groups.The following illustrations are not numerically precise. But, conceptually, they portray the concept of Sum of Squares Within as the width of the “meaty” part of a Distribution curve – the part without the skinny tails on either side. Here, SSW = SS1 + SS2 +SS3 For more on Sums of Squares, see my video of that name:
https://bit.ly/2JWMpoo .For more on Sums of Squares within ANOVA, see my video, "ANOVA Part 2 (of 4): How It Does It: http://bit.ly/2nI7ScR . |
## AuthorAndrew A. (Andy) Jawlik is the author of the book, Statistics from A to Z -- Confusing Concepts Clarified, published by Wiley. ## Archives
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