By Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller, Jordan Smoller
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Perhaps something distinguishes the groups we have picked. We would then reject the null hypothesis that all the means are equal and conclude the means are different from each other by more than just chance. Essentially, we want to know if the variability of all the groups means is substantially greater than the variability within each of the groups around their own mean. We calculate a quantity known as the between-groups variance, which is the variability of the group means around the grand mean of all the data.
Some of the formulas and terms we use, we apply to population values as if we knew them. We of course, don't know them, but if we have very large samples, we can estimate them quite well from our sample data. 3. e. it doesn't hurt even if we have large samples). 9 A Question of Confidence A confidence interval establishes a range and specifies the probability of the true population mean being within that range. For instance, a 95% confidence interval (approximately) is set up by taking the sample mean, x plus or minus two standard errors of the mean.
E. 58 for 99% confidence intervals. If the sample is smaller, we should look up the multiplier in tables of "t-values", which appear in many texts. 13, which are related to sample sizes. Some t values are shown in Appendix A. 7 for the meaning of t-statistics. Note that for a given sample size we trade off degree of certainty for size of the interval. We can be more certain that our true mean lies within a wider range but if we want to pin down the range more precisely, we are less certain about it.