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ERIC Number: EJ856372
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1069-1898
An Exercise for Illustrating the Logic of Hypothesis Testing
Lawton, Leigh
Journal of Statistics Education, v17 n2 Jul 2009
Hypothesis testing is one of the more difficult concepts for students to master in a basic, undergraduate statistics course. Students often are puzzled as to why statisticians simply don't calculate the probability that a hypothesis is true. This article presents an exercise that forces students to lay out on their own a procedure for testing a hypothesis. The result is that the students develop a better understanding for the rationale and process of hypothesis testing. As a consequence, they improve their ability to grasp the meaning of a p-value and to interpret the results of a significance test. (Contains 7 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A