One Sample Proportion Test

To test the proportion of one certain outcome in a population which follows Bernoulli distribution, we can use the 1_proportion function in Minitab. This function produces a confidence interval and hypothesis test of the proportion. The data format can be either raw( in the form of "failure" and " success") or summarized. Our example here is based on summarized data. Since we get summarized data most of the time for this kind of experiments. If it is not the case, Tally command (see Generate Random Data) can give us summarized data right away.
In Exercise 8.3 (BPS, Chapter 8, page 431), the college president says "99% of the alumni support my firing of coach Boggs." However in the SRS of 200 out of the colleges 15,000 living alumni only 76 of them support firing coach. Now we need procedure a hypothesis test to address the question whether the proportion of alumni who support firing coach is equal to 99% as the president said. Hence, we are going to test: Ho: p=0.99 Ha: p=/=0.99

Select Stat->Basic Statistics->1 proportion from the menu. Since we have only summarized data in this case, which is 200 trails and 76 successes, check the box "Summarized data", fill out the number in appropriate location.
The Option subdialog allows us to specify the confidence level, test probability, alternative hypothesis, and whether Minitab should employ test statistic and interval based on Normal distribution. If this box is checked, Minitab is going to calculation C.I. as , and the test statistics (z) as. Otherwise, Minitab will use an exact method to calculate the test probability by default. There are slight difference between the two method, which could become significant when n is small.

The 95% C.I. of the proportion who support firing coach is (0.313, 0.447), and the P-value shown in output is 0.000 which gives us strong evidence to reject null hypothesis.

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Two Sample Proportion Test

With two binomial proportions in our hand, one frequently asked question is whether they are equal or not. In the word of statistics, the following hypothesis needs to be tested:

In Exercise 8.24 (BPS Chapter 8, page 451), 161 people who visited one hospital's emergency room in a 6-month study period with injuries from in-line skating were interviewed. The interviewer found that 53 people were wearing wrist guards and 6 of them had wrist injuries. Of the 108 who did not wear wrist guards, 45 had wrist injuries. We are interested in the difference between the proportions of wrist injuries in the population wearing wrist guard and the population without.

Select Stat->Basic Statistics->2 proportions from menu, since we got summarized data here, check the box of "Summarized Data" and fill it out as shown.


The Option subdialog box gives us a chance to specify the confidence level, test proportion, alternative hypothesis, and whether Minitab should use a pooled estimate of p for the test.

This 2-proportions function calculates the confidence interval as :

By default, Minitab uses separate estimates of p for each population and calculates z as :

Once we check the box of "Use pooled estimate of p for test", Minitab calculates z as :, with .

The output shows that the P-value is 0.000, so there is strong evidence that wearing wrist guard reduce the rate of wrist injuries.


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