11.E: Independent Samples (Exercises)
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 What is meant by “the difference of the means” when talking about an independent samples \(t\)test? How does it differ from the “mean of the differences” in a repeated measures \(t\)test?
 Answer:

The difference of the means is one mean, calculated from a set of scores, compared to another mean which is calculated from a different set of scores; the independent samples \(t\)test looks for whether the two separate values are different from one another. This is different than the “mean of the differences” because the latter is a single mean computed on a single set of difference scores that come from one data collection of matched pairs. So, the difference of the means deals with two numbers but the mean of the differences is only one number.
 Describe three research questions that could be tested using an independent samples \(t\)test.
 Calculate pooled variance from the following raw data:
Group 1  Group 2 

16  4 
11  10 
9  15 
7  13 
5  12 
4  9 
12  8 
 Answer:

\(\mathrm{SS}_{1}=106.86, \mathrm{SS}_{2}=78.86, s_{p}^{2}=15.48\)
 Calculate the standard error from the following descriptive statistics
 \(s_1\) = 24, \(s_2\) = 21, \(n_1\) = 36, \(n_2\) = 49
 \(s_1\) = 15.40, \(s_2\) = 14.80, \(n_1\) = 20, \(n_2\) = 23
 \(s_1\) = 12, \(s_2\) = 10, \(n_1\) = 25, \(n_2\) = 25
 Determine whether to reject or fail to reject the null hypothesis in the following situations:
 \(t(40) = 2.49\), \(α = 0.01\), onetailed test to the right
 \(M_{1}=64, M_{2}=54, n_{1}=14, n_{2}=12, s_{M_{1}M_{2}}=9.75, \alpha=0.05\), twotailed test
 95% Confidence Interval: (0.50, 2.10)
 Answer:

 Reject
 Fail to Reject
 Reject
 A professor is interest in whether or not the type of software program used in a statistics lab affects how well students learn the material. The professor teaches the same lecture material to two classes but has one class use a pointandclick software program in lab and has the other class use a basic programming language. The professor tests for a difference between the two classes on their final exam scores.
PointandClick  Programming 

83  86 
83  79 
63  100 
77  74 
86  70 
84  67 
78  83 
61  85 
65  74 
75  86 
100  87 
60  61 
90  76 
66  100 
54 
 A researcher wants to know if there is a difference in how busy someone is based on whether that person identifies as an early bird or a night owl. The researcher gathers data from people in each group, coding the data so that higher scores represent higher levels of being busy, and tests for a difference between the two at the .05 level of significance.
Early Bird  Night Owl 

23  26 
28  10 
27  20 
33  19 
26  26 
30  18 
22  12 
25  25 
26 
 Answer:

Step 1: \(H_0: μ_1 – μ_2 = 0\) “There is not difference in the average business of early birds versus night owls”, \(H_A: μ_1 – μ_2 ≠ 0\) “There is a difference in the average business of early birds versus night owls.”
Step 2: Twotailed test, \(df\) = 15, \(t*\) = 2.131.
Step 3: \(M_{1}=26.67, M_{2}=19.50, s_{p}^{2}=27.73, s_{X_{1}}M_{2}=2.37\)
Step 4: \(t > t*\), Reject \(H_0\). Based on our data of early birds and night owls, we can conclude that early birds are busier (\(M_{1}=26.67\)) than night owls (\(M_{2}=19.50\)), \(t(15) = 3.03\), \(p < .05\). Since the result is significant, we need an effect size: Cohen’s \(d = 1.47\), which is a large effect.
 Lots of people claim that having a pet helps lower their stress level. Use the following summary data to test the claim that there is a lower average stress level among pet owners (group 1) than among nonowners (group 2) at the .05 level of significance.\[M_{1}=16.25, M_{2}=20.95, s_{1}=4.00, s_{2}=5.10, n_{1}=29, n_{2}=25 \nonumber \]
 Administrators at a university want to know if students in different majors are more or less extroverted than others. They provide you with descriptive statistics they have for English majors (coded as 1) and History majors (coded as 2) and ask you to create a confidence interval of the difference between them. Does this confidence interval suggest that the students from the majors differ?\[M_{1}=3.78, M_{2}=2.23, s_{1}=2.60, s_{2}=1.15, n_{1}=45, n_{2}=40 \nonumber \]
 Answer:

\(M_{1}M_{2}=1.55, \mathrm{t}^{*}=1.990, s_{M_{1}M_{2}}=0.45\), CI = (0.66, 2.44). This confidence interval does not contain zero, so it does suggest that there is a difference between the extroversion of English majors and History majors.
 Researchers want to know if people’s awareness of environmental issues varies as a function of where they live. The researchers have the following summary data from two states, Alaska and Hawaii, that they want to use to test for a difference.\[M_{H}=47.50, M_{A}=45.70, \mathrm{s}_{\mathrm{H}}=14.65, \mathrm{s}_{\mathrm{A}}=13.20, \mathrm{n}_{\mathrm{H}}=139, \mathrm{n}_{\mathrm{A}}=150 \nonumber \]
Contributors and Attributions
Foster et al. (University of MissouriSt. Louis, Rice University, & University of Houston, Downtown Campus)