Parametric Inference on 2 means using the t statistic
Parametric Inference on 3 or more sample means using the F test (ANOVA).
Definition, properties, and uses of the non-parametric methods
Strengths and weaknesses of non-parametric methods
Parametric and non-parametric methods: correspondence and comparison
Key Words and Terms:
Analysis of variance, ANOVA
Non-parametric test statistic, Friedman
Non-parametric test statistic, Kendall-Wallis
Non-parametric test statistic, rank sum test
Non-parametric test statistic, signed rank test
Non-parametric test, sign test
Parametric test statistic, t statistic (Student t test)
Parametric test statistics, F statistic
Parametric test statistics, z statistic
Inference on numeric continuous data is based on the comparison of sample means. Three test statistics are commonly
used: z, t- and F-statistics. The z-statistic is used for large samples. The t and F are used for small or moderate samples.
The z-statistic and the t-statistic are used to compare 2 samples. The F statistic is used to compare 3 or more samples.
The student t-test is the most commonly used test statistic for inference on continuous numerical data. It is defined
for independent and paired samples. It is robust and can give valid results even if the assumptions of normal distribution
and equal variance are not perfectly fulfilled. It is used uniformly for sample sizes below 60 and for larger samples if the
population standard deviation is not known. For larger samples there is no distinction between testing based on the z statistic
and testing based on the t statistic.
The F-test is a generalized test used in inference on 3 or more sample means in procedures called analysis of variance,
NON PARAMETRIC ANALYSISNon-parametric
methods are about 95% as efficient as the more complicated and involved parametric methods. They are simple, easy to understand,
and easy to use. They work well for small data sets but not for large data sets. Virtually each parametric test has an equivalent
non-parametric one. Specialized computer programs can carry out all the non-parametric
tests: the sign test, the signed rank test, the rank sum test, the Kruskall-Wallis test, and the Friedman test.