Two sample t- test

To compare means of two samples we need to apply two-sample t test. Minitab 2-Sample-t-test function can give us the confidence interval of the difference between two population means, and perform a hypothesis test.

In exercise 7.36(BPS chapter 7 Page 402) matches the two-sample settings. The Survey of Study Habits and Attitudes(SSHA) was given to male and female first-year students in a selected private school. The data can be entered in two ways. Either both samples are entered in a single column with another column of subscripts to identify the population group (as shown left). Or they can be in separated columns (as shown right). We ues the former as an example here.


Most of the studies suggest that the mean SSHA score for men is lower than the that in a comparable group of women. Is this true for first-year students at this college? To address this question, we can carry out two-sample t test. Select Stat->Basic Statistics->2-Sample-t from the menu, fill out the dialog box as shown below.
Since we use the sample data in one column, we checked "Samples in one column" in dialog box and enter the appropriate column names under "Sample:" and "Subscripts:". Since the hypothesis are:

we select the greater than alternative.

The outcome shows the P-value was 0.024, so we have convincing evidence to reject the null hypothesis that the mean score for female and male first-year students in this school is the same. The output also show us the 95% C.I. for is (0.3, 39.4).

The Graphs... button could produce a graph illustrating the differences between the two groups. We must take a look of the graph, before we check the box of " Assuming equal variances". It would give us evidence whether the variances are close or not. In this example, we didn't assume two populations have same variance.

Unless we check " Assuming equal variances" box, Minitab would not assume that the population have equal variances, so the test statistic is , with degree of freedom . If we did check " Assuming equal variances" box, Minitab would use pooled sample variance with df=n1+n2-2 to calculate test statistic.

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