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1 Power and Sample Size Determination Bret Hanlon and Bret Larget Department of Statistics University of Wisconsin Madison November 3 8, 2011 Power 1 / 31 Experimental Design To this point in the semester, we have largely focused on methods to analyze the data that we have with little regard to the decisions on how to gather the data. Design of Experiments is the area of statistics that examines plans on how to gather data to achieve good (or optimal) inference. Here, we will focus on the question of sample size: how large does a sample need to be so that a confidence interval will be no wider than a given size? how large does a sample need to be so that a hypothesis test will have a low p-value if a certain alternative hypothesis is true? Sample size determination is just one aspect of good design of experiments: we will encounter additional aspects in future lectures. Power The Big Picture 2 / 31

2 Proportions Recall methods for inference about proportions: confidence intervals Confidence Interval for p A P% confidence interval for p is p z p (1 p ) n < p < p + z p (1 p ) n where n = n + 4 and p = X +2 n+4 = X +2 n and z is the critical number from a standard normal distribution where the area between z and z is P/100. (For 95%, z = 1.96.) Power Proportions 3 / 31 Proportions... and hypothesis tests. The Binomial Test If X Binomial(n, p) with null hypothesis p = p 0 and we observe X = x, the p-value is the probability that a new random variable Y Binomial(n, p 0 ) would be at least as extreme (either P(Y x) or P(Y x) or P( Y np 0 x np 0 ) depending on the alternative hypothesis chosen.) Power Proportions 4 / 31

3 Sample size for proportions Case Study Next year it is likely that there will be a recall election for Governor Scott Walker. A news organization plans to take a poll of likely voters over the next several days to find, if the election were held today, the proportion of voters who would vote for Walker against an unnamed Democratic opponent. Assuming that the news organization can take a random sample of likely voters: How large of a sample is needed for a 95% confidence interval to have a margin of error of no more than 4%? Power Proportions Confidence Intervals 5 / 31 Calculation Example Notice that the margin of error depends on both n and p, but we do not know p. p 1.96 (1 p ) n + 4 However, the expression p (1 p ) is maximized at 0.5; if the value of p from the sample turns out to be different, the margin of error will just be a bit smaller, which is even better. So, it is conservative (in a statistical, not political sense) to set p = 0.5 and then solve this inequality for n (0.5)(0.5) n + 4 < 0.04 Show on the board why n > ( ) 2 (1.96)(0.5) = 621. Power Proportions Confidence Intervals 6 / 31

4 General Formula Sample size for proportions ( ) (1.96)(0.5) 2 n > 4 M where M is the desired margin of error. Power Proportions Confidence Intervals 7 / 31 Errors in Hypothesis Tests When a hypothesis test is used to make a decision to reject the null hypothesis when the p-value is below a prespecified fixed value α, there are two possible correct decisions and two possible errors. We first saw these concepts with proportions, but review them now. The two decisions we can make are to Reject or Not Reject the null hypothesis. The two states of nature are the the null hypothesis is either True or False. These possibilities combine in four possible ways. H 0 is True H 0 is False Reject H 0 Type I error Correct decision Do not Reject H 0 Correct decision Type II error Power Proportions Hypothesis Tests 8 / 31

5 Type I and Type II Errors Definition A Type I Error is rejecting the null hypothesis when it is true. The probability of a type I error is called the significance level of a test and is denoted α. Definition A Type II Error is not rejecting a null hypothesis when it is false. The probability of a type II error is called β, but the value of β typically depends on which particular alternative hypothesis is true. Definition The power of a hypothesis test for a specified alternative hypothesis is 1 β. The power is the probability of rejecting the null hypothesis in favor of the specific alternative. Power Proportions Hypothesis Tests 9 / 31 Graphs Note that as there are many possible alternative hypotheses, for a single α there are many values of β. It is helpful to plot the probability of rejecting the null hypothesis against the parameter values. Power Proportions Hypothesis Tests 10 / 31

6 Sample size calculation Example Consider a population with proportion p. Let X be the number of successes in a random sample of size 100 with model X Binomial(100, p). Consider the hypotheses H 0 : p = 0.3 versus H A : p < 0.3. The researchers decide to reject the null hypothesis if X Find α 2 Find β if p = Plot the probability of rejecting the null hypothesis versus p. Power Proportions Hypothesis Tests 11 / 31 Calculation Solution α = P(X 22 p = 0.3) 22 ( ) 100 = (0.3) k (0.7) 100 k k k=0. = β(p) = P(X 22 p) = 22 ( ) 100 p k (1 p) 100 k k k=0 1 β(0.2). = Power Proportions Hypothesis Tests 12 / 31

7 Two binomial distributions X ~ Binomial(100,0.3) 0.10 Probability x X ~ Binomial(100,0.2) 0.10 Probability x Power Proportions Hypothesis Tests 13 / 31 Graph of Power 1.0 Power β α p Power Proportions Hypothesis Tests 14 / 31

8 Sample Size Example Suppose that we wanted a sample size large enough so that we could pick a rejection rule where α was less than 0.05 and the power when p = 0.2 was greater than 0.9. How large would n need to be? Simplify by letting n be a multiple of 25. We see in the previous example that 100 is not large enough: if the critical rejection value were more than 22, then α > 0.05 and the power is which is less than 0.9. The calculation is tricky because as n changes we need to change the rejection rule so that α 0.05 and then find the corresponding power. Power Proportions Hypothesis Tests 15 / 31 Calculation We can use the quantile function for the binomial distribution, qbinom(), to find the rejection region for a given α. For example, for X Binomial(100, 0.3), > k = qbinom(0.05, 100, 0.3) > k [1] 23 > pbinom(k, 100, 0.3) [1] > pbinom(k - 1, 100, 0.3) [1] we see that P(X 22) < 0.05 < P(X 23) and rejecting the null hypothesis when X 22 results in a test with α < Power Proportions Hypothesis Tests 16 / 31

9 Calculation We can just substract one from the quantile function in general to find the rejection region for a given n. > k = qbinom(0.05, 100, 0.3) - 1 > k [1] 22 The power when p = 0.2 is > pbinom(k, 100, 0.2) [1] Power Proportions Hypothesis Tests 17 / 31 Calculation This R code will find the rejection region, significance level, and power for n = 100, 125, 150, 175, 200. > n = seq(100, 200, 25) > k = qbinom(0.05, n, 0.3) - 1 > alpha = pbinom(k, n, 0.3) > power = pbinom(k, n, 0.2) > data.frame(n, k, alpha, power) n k alpha power We see that n = 175 is the smallest n which is a multiple of 25 for which a test with α < 0.05 has power greater than 0.9 when p = 0.2. Power Proportions Hypothesis Tests 18 / 31

10 Normal Populations The previous problems were for the binomial distribution and proportions, which is tricky because of the discreteness and necessary sums of binomial probability calculations. Answering similar problems for normal populations is easier. However, we need to provide a guess for σ. Power Normal Distribution 19 / 31 Butterfat Example We want to know the mean percentage of butterfat in milk produced by area farms. We can sample multiple loads of milk. Previous records indicate that the standard deviation among loads is 0.15 percent. How many loads should we sample if we desire the margin of error of a 99% confidence interval for µ, the mean butterfat percentage, to be no more than 0.03? Power Normal Distribution Confidence Intervals 20 / 31

11 Confidence Intervals We will use the t distribution, not the standard normal for the actual confidence interval, but it is easiest to use the normal distribution for planning the design. If the necessary sample size is even moderately large, the differences between z and t is tiny. Recall the confidence interval for µ. Confidence Interval for µ A P% confidence interval for µ has the form Ȳ t s < µ < Ȳ + t s n n where t is the critical value such that the area between t and t under a t-density with n 1 degrees of freedom is P/100, where n is the sample size. Power Normal Distribution Confidence Intervals 21 / 31 Calculation For a 99% confidence interval, we find z = We need n so that n < 0.03 Work on the board to show n > ( ) 2 (2.58)(0.15) = 167. Power Normal Distribution Confidence Intervals 22 / 31

12 General Formula Sample size for a single mean ( (z )(σ) n > M where M is the desired margin of error. ) 2 Power Normal Distribution Confidence Intervals 23 / 31 Rejection region Example Graph the power for a sample size of n = 25 for α = 0.05 for H 0 : µ = 3.35 versus H A : µ Note that the p-value is less than 0.05 approximately when X / > The rejection region is ( ) 0.15.= X < or ( ) 0.15.= X > Power Normal Distribution Confidence Intervals 24 / 31

13 Power when µ = 3.3 To find the power when µ = 3.3, we need to find the area under the normal density centered at µ = 3.3 in the rejection region. Here is an R calculation for the power. > se = 0.15/sqrt(25) > a = * se > b = * se > c(a, b) [1] > power = pnorm(a, 3.3, se) + (1 - pnorm(b, 3.3, se)) > power [1] Power Normal Distribution Confidence Intervals 25 / 31 Graph of Power Calculations The previous slide shows a numerical calculation for the power at a single alternative hypothesis, µ = 3.3. The next slide illustrates both the rejection region (top graph) and the power at µ = 3.3 (bottom graph). The following slide shows a graph of the power for many alternative hypotheses. Power Normal Distribution Confidence Intervals 26 / 31

14 10 Density Percentage Butter Fat 10 Density Percentage Butter Fat Power Normal Distribution Confidence Intervals 27 / 31 Power: n = 25, H 0 : µ = Power α µ Power Normal Distribution Confidence Intervals 28 / 31

15 Sample Size Calculation Problem Long-run average percent butterfat in milk at a farm is 3.35 and the standard deviation is 0.15, with measurements taken by the load. How large should a sample size be to have an 80% chance of detecting a change to µ = 3.30 at a significance level of α = 0.05 with a two-sided test? Power Normal Distribution Confidence Intervals 29 / 31 Solution The left part of the rejection region will have form ( ) 0.15 Ȳ < a = n as z = 1.96 cuts off the bottom α/2 = of the area. The power when µ = 3.30 is essentially just the area to the left of a under the normal density centered at 3.30 as the area in the right part of the rejection region is essentially 0. For the power to be 0.80, a must be the 0.80 quantile of the Normal(3.30, 0.15/ n) density. As the 0.80 quantile of a standard normal curve is z = 0.84, this means that ( ) 0.15 a = n Set these two expressions for a equal to one another and solve for n. ( ) 2.= (Finish on the chalk board to verify n 71.) (0.15)( Power Normal Distribution Confidence Intervals 30 / 31

16 What you should know You should know: what the definitions of power and significance level are; how to find sample sizes for desired sizes of confidence intervals for both proportions and means; how to find sample sizes with desired power for specific alternative hypotheses for both proportions and means; how to examine and interpret a power curve; how power curves change as n changes. Power What you should know 31 / 31

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