## Statistics Tip of the Week: There are 2 different Critical Values for a 2-sided Chi-Square test.8/30/2017 For 2-sided tests using the Test Statistics z and t, which have symmetrical Distributions, there is only one Critical Value. That Critical Value is added or subtracted from the Mean.Since Chi-Square’s Distributions are not symmetric, the areas under the curve at the left tail and the right tail side have different shapes,for a given value of that area. So, there are two different Critical Values -– an Upper and a Lower –- for a 2-sided Chi-Square test.Unlike z and t, we do not add or subtract these Critical Values from the Mean. The two Critical Values of Chi-Square produced by tables, spreadsheets, or software are the final values to be used.- Upper Critical: 27.49
- df = 15
*𝛼*= 0.05- Lower Critical: 6.26
𝛼/2 and for 1 − 𝛼/2. Sometimes two different tables are provided for Upper and Lower Critical Values. Or spreadsheets or software will do this for you.
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## 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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