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8: 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.

    • 8.1: Prelude to The Chi-Square Distribution
      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.
    • 8.2: Facts About the Chi-Square Distribution
      he 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.
    • 8.3: 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.
    • 8.4: Test for Homogeneity
      The goodness–of–fit test can be used to decide whether a population fits a given distribution, but it will not suffice to decide whether two populations follow the same unknown distribution. A different test, called the test for homogeneity, can be used to draw a conclusion about whether two populations have the same distribution. To calculate the test statistic for a test for homogeneity, follow the same procedure as with the test of independence.
    • 8.5: Comparison of the Chi-Square Tests
      You have seen the Chi-square test statistic used in three different circumstances. The following bulleted list is a summary that will help you decide which Chi-square test is the appropriate one to use.
    • 8.6: The Chi-Square Distribution (Exercises)
      These are homework exercises to accompany the Textmap created for "Introductory Statistics" by OpenStax.

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