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11: The Chi-Square Distribution

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    A chi-squared test is any statistical hypothesis test in which the sampling distribution of the test statistic is a chi-square distribution when the null hypothesis is true.

    • 11.1: Introduction
      You will now study a new distribution, one that is used to determine the answers to such questions. This distribution is called the chi-square distribution.
    • 11.2: Facts About the Chi-Square Distribution
      The chi-square distribution is a useful tool for assessment in a series of problem categories. These problem categories include primarily (i) whether a data set fits a particular distribution, (ii) whether the distributions of two populations are the same, (iii) whether two events might be independent, and (iv) whether there is a different variability than expected within a population.
    • 11.3: Goodness-of-Fit Test
      In this type of hypothesis test, you determine whether the data "fit" a particular distribution or not. For example, you may suspect your unknown data fit a binomial distribution. You use a chi-square test (meaning the distribution for the hypothesis test is chi-square) to determine if there is a fit or not. The null and the alternative hypotheses for this test may be written in sentences or may be stated as equations or inequalities.
    • 11.4: Test of Independence
      Tests of independence involve using a contingency table of observed (data) values. The test statistic for a test of independence is similar to that of a goodness-of-fit test.
    • 11.E: The Chi-Square Distribution (Exercises)
      These are homework exercises to accompany the Textmap created for "Introductory Statistics" by OpenStax.

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