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1 1 Chapter 7 Comparing Means in SPSS (t-tests) This section covers procedures for testing the differences between two means using the SPSS Compare Means analyses. Specifically, we demonstrate procedures for running Dependent-Sample (or One-Sample) t-tests, Independent-Sample t-tests, Difference-Sample (or Matched- or Paired-Sample) t-tests. Unfortunately, SPSS does not provide procedures for running Z-tests. For the following examples, we have created a data set based on cartoon 9.1 (Cow Poetry). To obtain our data, we have randomly drawn a sample of 30 cows from the population of cows owned by Farmer Perry. With the measurements we take from this sample we are going to ask three research questions. First, we are interested in the number of times each cow in our sample touches the electric fence and whether this sample differs from the larger population of Farmer Perry s cows. We will test this hypothesis using a Dependent-Sample (One-Sample) t- test. Second, we are interested in whether different types of cows (Holstein vs. Jersey) in our sample differ in their fence touching behavior. We will test this hypothesis using an Independent-Sample t-test. Third, we are interested finding out whether our cow s fence touching behavior is affected by completing Cow School. In this case we will ask two specific questions: a) does the sample of cows differ from the population of cows afer the sample completes school. We will test this hypothesis using a Dependent-Sample (One-Sample) t- test. b) Does the post cow school fence touching behavior of our sample of cows differ from the pre-cowschool fence touching behavior. We will test this hypothesis using the Difference-Sample (or Paired-

2 2 Sample) t-test. Setting Up the Data Figure 9.2 presents the variable view of the SPSS data editor where we have defined three new variables (two continuous and one discrete). The first variable (continuous) represents the frequency with which the cows in our sample touch the electric fence. We have given it the variable name fencetch and given it the variable label Number of Times Cows Touch the Electric Fence. The second variable (discrete) represents the breed of cow for each of our subjects: Holstein vs. Jersey. We have given it the variable name breed and the variable label Cow Breed (Holstein vs. Jersey). Also, we provided value labels for the two breeds. The value of 1 was assigned to the Holstein label, and the value of 2 was assigned to the Jersey label. The third variable (continuous) represents the frequency with which the cows in our sample touch

3 3 the electric fence, which is assessed in the same way fencetch was measured. However, for this variable the measurements were made after the sample had completed 3 weeks of Cow School. We have given it the variable name fenctch2 and the variable label Time 2 Fence Touch: Post Cow School. Figure 9.3 presents the data view of the SPSS data editor. Here, we have entered the 30 cow s data for our three variables. Note that there are two windows presented in the figure. The lefthand window (labeled A) presents the data for the first half of the sample (cows 1 to 15). Window B represents the same SPSS window, where we have scrolled down to show the data for the remaining cows (subjects 16 to 30). Remember that the columns represent each of the different variables and the rows represent each observation, which in this case is each cow. For example, the first cow touched the fence 2 times before attending cow school, is a Holstein, and touched the fence 2 times after attending cow school. Similarly, the 30 th cow touched the fence 25 times before attending cow school, is a Jersey, and touched the fence 21 times after attending cow school. Dependent-Sample (One-Sample) t-test The Dependent-Sample t-test allows us to test whether a sample Mean (0) is significantly different from a population mean (:) when only the sample Standard Deviation (s) is known. In terms of knowing when to use the Dependent t-test, you should consider using this test when you have continuous data collected from a group that you want to compare that group s average score to some known criterion value (probably a population mean). Running the Analyses In this example we present the steps for using One-Sample T Test... data analysis procedure to determine whether a sample mean is significantly different from a criterion value (in this case the population mean). Before you can run this type of analysis you will need to know the value that you want to

4 4 compare with your sample mean. In this case our test (comparison) value is 10 and was obtained by finding the average number of times every one of Farmer Perry s cows touched the electric fence (i.e., the population mean for fence touching). In the procedure presented bellow, we are going to perform two tests at the same time. The first test will compare the mean of fencetch (frequency of touching the electric fence prior to attending cow school) with the population average for touching the electric fence. The second test will compare mean of fenctch2 (frequency of touching the electric fence after attending cow school) with the population average for touching the electric fence. One-Sample T Test Steps (See Figure 9.4): From the Analyze (1) pull down menu, select Compare Means (2), then select One-Sample T Test... (3) from the side menu. In the One-Sample T Test dialogue box, enter the variables fencetch and fenctch2 in the Test Variable(s) field by either double-left-clicking on each variable or selecting the variables and left-clicking on the boxed arrow pointing to the right (4). Next, enter the population mean in the Test Value: (5) field. In this case, our test value is 10. Finally, double check your variables and the test value and either select OK (6) to run, or Paste to create syntax to run at a later time. If you selected the paste option from the procedure above, you should have generated the following syntax:

5 5 T-TEST /TESTVAL=10 /MISSING=ANALYSIS /VARIABLES=fencetch fenctch2 /CRITERIA=CIN (.95). To run the analyses using the syntax, while in the Syntax Editor, select All from the Run pull-down menu. Reading the One-Sample T Test Output The One-Sample T Test Output is presented in Figure 9.5. This output consists of two parts: One-Sample Statistics and One-Sample Tests. The One-Sample Statistics output presents the sample size (N), mean, standard deviation, and the standard-error-of-the-mean (the standard deviation divided by the square route of N) for each variable being tested. The One-Sample Tests output reports the t obtained, the degrees of freedom (df = n-1), the two tailed alpha level or level of significance (Sig.), and the difference between the sample mean and the population mean (Mean Difference: Sample Mean - Population Mean). This part of the output also reports a confidence interval for the mean difference. Like the confidence intervals covered in Chapter 8, this confidence interval is the range of scores for which we are 95 % confident that it contains the true mean difference found in the population.

6 6 With respect to the first hypothesis regarding the fence touching behavior of our sample prior to attending cow school, we have a t obtained of 2.387, which with 29 degrees of freedom is significant at the.024 level. Unlike the table of critical values we use to evaluate our hand calculated statistics, SPSS reports the exact level of significance. From these results we can conclude that the average number of times the cows in our sample touch the electric fence is significantly different from the average number of times all of Farmer Perry s cows touch the electric fence. Looking at the Mean Difference statistic, we can be more specific and say that our sample of cows touched the electric fence an average of 2.8 more times than the general population of cows did. With respect to the second hypothesis regarding the fence touching behavior of our sample after attending cow school, we have a t obtained of.24, which is not significant. The alpha level associated with this t value for 29 degrees of freedom is.812, which indicates that there is an 81.2% chance that a difference between the sample mean and population mean this large would occur by chance alone and is likely due to sampling error. Further, because this value is larger than the.05 alpha level, we must reject the alternative hypothesis and conclude that after attending cow school our sample no longer significantly differs from the entire population Farmer Perry s cows. Independent-Sample T Test The Independent-Sample t-test allows us to test whether a two sample means are significantly different from each other. In terms of knowing when to use the Independent-sample t-test, you should consider using this test when you have two variables; one discrete variable consisting of two groups and on continuous variable consisting of a continuum of scores. In our current example, our discrete variable, breed, consists of the Holstein and Jersey groups. Also, we will use the continuous variable fencetch, which represents the frequency of touching the electric fence prior to attending cow school. With this data

7 7 we can test the hypothesis that the average number of times that unschooled Holsteins touch the electric fence significantly differs from the average number of times that unschooled Jerseys touch the electric fence. Running the Independent-Sample T Test Independent-Sample T Test Steps (See Figure 9.6): From the Analyze (1) pull down menu, select Compare Means (2), then select Independent-Sample T Test... (3) from the side menu. In the Independent-Sample T Test dialogue box, enter the continuous variable fencetch in the Test Variable(s) field (4) by left-clicking the variable and left-clicking on the boxed arrow pointing to the Test Variable(s) field. Next, enter the discrete variable breed in the Grouping Variabel: field (5). To tell SPSS what values have been paired with each group, left-click the Define Groups... button (6). In the Define Groups dialogue box, enter the numerical values that have been used to represent the groups of interest into the Group 1: and Group 2: fields (7). In this case we have used the numerical values of 1 and 2 and have entered them in the Group 1: and Group 2: fields, respectively. Next, left-click Continue (8). Finally, double check your variables and either select OK (9) to run, or Paste to create syntax to run at a later time.

8 8 If you selected the paste option from the procedure above, you should have generated the following syntax: T-TEST GROUPS=breed(1 2) /MISSING=ANALYSIS /VARIABLES=fencetch /CRITERIA=CIN(.95). To run the analyses using the syntax, while in the Syntax Editor, select All from the Run pull-down menu. Reading the Independent-Sample T Test Output Figure 9.7 presents the output for the Independent-Sample T Test. This output consists of two major parts: Group Statistics and Independent Samples Test. The Group Statistics output provides the sample sizes (N), means, standard deviations, and the standard error of the mean (the standard deviation divided by the square root of n) for the continuous variable, separate for each group. With respect to our current example, there were 14 Holsteins in our sample, and they touched the electric fence an average of , with a standard deviation and standard error of the mean of and , respectively. Similarly, there were 16 Jerseys, and they touched the electric fence an average of , with a standard deviation and standard error of the mean of and , respectively. The Independent-Samples Test output presented in Figures 9.7 is further split into three parts. However, depending on your printer settings the format of your printed output may differ somewhat from what we have presented, but all the parts will be same. The first part of this output (which we have labeled A), tests one of the assumptions that must be met in order to properly use independent sample t tests. That is, the group standard deviations should be equal. If they are equal then we can use the standard t test procedures covered in this chapter. However, if the variability within the two groups is not equivalent (equal) then we need to used a test that corrects for this. Both the standard t test and the modified t test

9 9 results are presented in the output box we have labeled as B and are presented in the rows labeled Equal

10 10 variances assumed and Equal variances not assumed, respectively. To decide which t test results to use, we must look at the significance level (Sig.) of Levene s Test for Equality of Variances, which we have encircled in figure 9.7. If the significance level is greater than.05, then we can assume that group variances are equal and need to use the first row of t test results. If the significance level is.05 or less, then we should assume that the group variances are not equal and need to use the second row of t test results. In this case the significance level is.549 (larger than.05), so we can use the first row of t test results, which we have encircled in bock B of figure 9.7. (Note: the t and df presented in the Equal variances assumed row will be most consistent with your hand calculations). Part B of the Independent Samples Test output provides us with the t obtained, degrees of freedom (df), the two tailed level of significance (Sig.), and the mean difference (Group 1 mean - Group 2 mean). In our current example, we see that we have a t obtained of and, with 28 degrees of freedom (df = n-2), it is significant at the.013 level. Thus, we can conclude that Holstein and Jersey cows are significantly different with respect to the frequency that they touch the electric fence. More specifically, by examining the group means and the mean difference (Group 1 mean - Group 2 mean) we can see that Holsteins touch the electric fence an average of fewer time than did the Jersey cows. Part C of the Independent Samples Test output, provides us with confidence intervals for the difference between the group means. This interval allows us to estimate the actual difference found in the population between the groups of interest. In this case we can be 95% confident that actual difference in fence touching frequency found between all Holsteins in the population and all Jersey cows in the population is somewhere between ( and ).

11 11 Difference-Sample (Paired-Sample) T Test The Difference-Sample t-test allows us to test whether a two sample means, collected from the same group on two separate occasions, are significantly different from each other. In terms of knowing when to use the Difference- Sample t-test, you should consider using this test when you have two continuous variables that represent the same variable measured on two separate occasions. In our current example, we have measured fence touching behavior twice; once before our cows attended cow school (fencetch) and once after attending cow school (fenctch2). With this data we can test the hypothesis that the average number of times that unschooled cows touch the electric fence significantly differs from the average number of times that the same cows touch the electric fence after attending three weeks of cow school. Running the Dependent-Sample (Paired-Sample) T Test Paired-Sample T Test Steps (See Figure 9.8): From the Analyze (1) pull down menu, select Compare Means (2), then select Paired-Sample T Test... (3) from the side menu. In the Paired-Sample T Test dialogue box, left-click the continuous variable fencetch and then left-click the continuous variable fenctch2. Next enter the analysis pair in the Paired Variable(s) field by left-clicking on the boxed arrow (4) pointing to the Paired Variable(s) field. Finally, double check your variables and either select OK (5)

12 12 to run, or Paste to create syntax to run at a later time. If you selected the paste option from the procedure above, you should have generated the following syntax: T-TEST PAIRS= fencetch WITH fenctch2 (PAIRED) /CRITERIA=CIN(.95) /MISSING=ANALYSIS. To run the analyses using the syntax, while in the Syntax Editor, select All from the Run pull-down menu. Reading the Paired-Sample Output Figure 9.9 presents the output for the Paired-Sample T Test. This output consists of three major parts: Paired Samples Statistics, Paired Samples Correlations, and Paired Samples Test. The Paired Samples Statistics output provides the mean, sample sizes (N), standard deviations, and the standard error of the mean (the standard deviation divided by the square root of n) for each continuous variable. The Paired Samples Correlations output presents a hypothesis testing statistic that will be covered in next chapter on Correlation and Regression. Essentially this statistics tells us how strongly related our two variables are. The closer correlation value gets to 1 (or -1) the more related our two variables are. In figure 9.9, the Paired Sample Test output is split into two parts, which we have labeled A and B. Again, depending on your printer settings, the format of your printed output may be little different from

13 13 what we present. Part A presents the basic parts of the Difference t formula presented earlier in this chapter. First, we are given the mean difference (the column labeled Mean). The mean diffrence is the numerator of the difference t formula and is obtained by subtracting the mean for the first measurement from the mean for the second measurement. In this case we are subtracting the mean for the post-cow-school fence touching variable ( ) from the mean for the pre-cow-school fence touching variable ( ), which gives us a value of The second column, labeled Std. Deviation, reports the standard deviation of the difference, which is part of the denominator of the Difference t formula. The third column, labeled Std. Error Mean, reports the standard error of the mean difference, which is obtained by dividing the standard deviation of the difference by the square root of n. The standard error of the mean difference is the complete numerator of the Difference t formula. The last two columns of this output block present the boundaries of the 95% confidence interval within which the true mean difference for the population is expected to fall. Part B of the Paired Sample Test output presents the t obtained, degrees of freedom, and the two tailed level of significance. In this case, the t obtained is , and, with 29 degrees of freedom (df = n - 1), it is significant at least at the.001 alpha level. Though SPSS reports a significance level of.000, it is generally inappropriate to report it as such, and reporting.001 is the preferred method. With respect to our current example s hypotheses, we can conclude that the pre-cow-school fence touching behavior for our sample of cows differed from their post-cow-school fence touching behavior. More specifically, by examining the difference between our pre- and post-cow-school fence touching behavior means, we can conclude that on average our sample of cows touched the electric fence an average of time more often before attending cow school, compared to their post-cow-school fence touching frequency.

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