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BUS308Week 3 Lecture 2

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Examining Differences – ANOVA and Chi Square

Expected Outcomes

After reading this lecture, the student should be familiar with:

1. Conducting hypothesis tests with the ANVOA and Chi Square tests
2. How to interpret the Analysis of Variance test output
3. How to interpret Determining significant differences between group means
4. The basics of the Chi Square Distribution.


This week we introduced the ANOVA test for multiple mean equality and the Chi Square
tests for distributions. This lecture will focus on interpreting the outcomes of both tests. The
process of setting them up will be covered in Lecture 3 for this week.


Hypothesis Test

The week 3 question 1 asks if the average salary per grade is equal? While this might
seem like a no-brainer (we expect each grade to have higher average salaries), we need to test all
assumed relationships. This is much like our detectives saying “we need to exclude you from the
suspect pool; where were you last night?” This example will, of course use the compa-ratio
instead of the salary values you will use in the homework.

The ANOVA test is found in the Data | Analysis tab.

Step 5 in the hypothesis testing process asks us to “Perform the test.” Here is a screen
shot of the ANOVA output for a test of the null hypothesis: “All grade compa-ratio means are
equal.” For this question we will be using the ANOVA-Single Factor option as we are testing
mean equality for a single factor, Grades. We will briefly cover the other ANOVA options in
Lecture 3 for this week.

Note that The ANOVA single factor output includes the test name, a summary table, and
an ANOVA table. The summary table that gives us the count, sum, average, and variance for the
compa-ratios by the analysis groups (in this case our grades). Note that we are assuming equal
variances within the grades within the population for this example, and your assignment. This
may not actually be true for this example (note the values in the Variance column), but we will
ignore this for now. ANOVA is somewhat robust around violations on the variance equality
assumption – means it may still produce acceptable results with unequal variances. There is a
non-parametric alternate if the variances are too different, but we do not cover it in this course.
Please note that the column and row values are present in this screenshot. These will be needed
as references in question 2.

The next table is the meat of the test. While for all practical purposes, we are only
interested in the highlighted p-value, knowing what the other values are is helpful. When we
introduced ANVOA in lecture 1, we discussed the between and within groups variation. As you
recall, the between groups focused on the data set as a single group and not distinct groups. For
the Between Groups row, we have an Sum of Squares (SS) value, which is a raw estimate of the
variation that exists. The degrees of freedom (df) for Between Groups equals the number of
groups (k) we have minus 1 (k-1), which equals 5 for our 6 groups. The Mean Square variation
estimate equals the SS divided by the df.

The Within Group focuses on the average variation for all our groups. SS gives us the
same raw estimate as for the BG row. The df for Within Groups is the total count (N) minus the
number of groups (N-k), or 44 for our 50 employees in the 6 groups. MSwg equals SS/df.

The F statistic is calculated by dividing the MSbg by MSwg. The next column gives us
our p-value followed by the critical value of F (when the p-value would be exactly 0.05). The
total line is the sum of the SS values and the overall df which equal the total count -1 (N – 1).

(As with the t and F tests, we could make our decision by comparing the calculated F
value (in cell O20, with critical value of F in cell Q20. We reject the null when the calculated F
is greater than the critical F. The critical value of F or any statistic in an Excel output table is the
value that exactly provides a p-value equaling our selected value for Alpha. However, we will
continue to use the P-value in our decisions.)

Now that we have our test results, we can complete step 6 of the hypothesis testing

Step 6: Conclusions and Interpretation

What is the p-value? Found in the table, it is 0.0186 (rounded).

(Side note: at times Excel will produce a p-value that looks something like 3.8E-14. This
is called the scientific or exponential format. It is the same as writing 3.8 * 10-14 and
equals 0.000000000000038. A simple way of knowing how many 0s go between the
decimal point and the first non-zero number is to subtract 1 from the E value, so with E-
14, we have 13 zeros. At any rate, any Excel p-value using E-xx format will always be
less than 0.05.)

Decision: Reject the null hypothesis.

Why? P-value is less than 0.05.

Conclusion: at least one mean differs across the grades.

Question 2: Group Comparisons

Now that we know at least one grade compa-ratio mean is not equal to the rest, we need
to determine which mean(s) differ. We do this by creating ranges of the possible difference in
the population mean values. Remember, that our sample results are only a close approximation
of the actual population mean. We can estimate the range of values that the population mean
actually equals (remember that discussion of the sampling distribution of the mean from last
week). So, using the variation that exists in our groups, we estimate the range of differences
between means (the possible outcomes of subtracting one mean from another).

The following screen shot shows a completed comparison table for the grade related
compa-ratio means.

Let’s look at what this table tells us before focusing on how to develop the values
(covered in Lecture 3 for this week). Looking at the Groups Compared Column, we see the
comparison groups listed, A-B for grades A and B, A-C for grades A and C, etc. The next
column is the difference between the average compa-ratio values for each pair of grades. The T
value column is the value for a 95% two tail test for the degrees of freedom we have. (Lecture 3
discusses how to identify the correct value). Note that it is the same value for all of our
comparison groups, the explanation comes in Lecture 3.

The next column, labeled the +/- term, is the margin of error that exists for the mean
difference being examined. This is a function of sampling error that exists within each sample
mean. These are all of the values we need to create a range of values that represent, with a 95%
confidence, what the actual population mean differences are likely to be. We subtract this value
from the mean (in column B) to get our low-end estimate (Low column values), and we add it to
the mean to get our high-end estimate (High column values).

Now, we need to decide which of these ranges indicates a significantly different pair of
means (within the population) and which ranges indicate the likelihood of equal population
means (non-significant differences). This is fairly simple, if the range contains a 0 (that is, one
endpoint is negative and the other is positive), then the difference is not significant (since a mean
difference of 0 would never be significant). Notice in the table, that the A-B, A-C, and A-D
range all contain 0, and the results are not significant different. The A-E and A-F comparisons,
however have positive values for each end, and do not contain 0; these means are different in the

We now know how to interpret an ANOVA table and an accompanying table of
differences for significant mean differences between and among groups.

Chi Square Tests

With the Chi Square tests, we are going to move from looking at population parameters,
such as means and standard deviations, and move to looking at patterns or distributions. The

shape or distribution of variables is often an important way of identifying differences that could
be important. For example, we already suspect that males and females are not distributed across
the grades in a similar manner. We will confirm or refute this idea in the weekly assignment.

Generally, when looking at distributions and patterns we can create groups within our
variable of interest. For example, the Grades variable is already divided into 6 groups, making it
easy to count how many employees exist in each group. But what about a continuous variable
such as Compa-ratio, where no such clear division into separate groups exists. This is not a
problem as we can always divide any range of values into groups such as quartiles (4 groups) or
any other number of distinct ranges. Most variables can be subdivided this way.

The Chi Square test is actually a group of comparisons that depend upon the size of the
table the data is displayed in. We will examine different tables and tests in Lecture 3, for this
lecture we want to focus on how to interpret the outcome of a Chi Square test – as outcomes are
the same regardless of the table size. The details of setting up the data will be covered in Lecture

Example – Question 3

The third question for this week asks about employee grade distribution. We are
concerned here about the possible impact of an uneven distribution of males and females in
grades and how this might impact average salaries. While we are concerned about an uneven
distribution, our null hypothesis is always about equality, so the null would respond to a question
such as are males and females distributed across the grades in a similar pattern; that is, we are
either males or females more likely to be in some grades rather than others.

A similar question can be asked about degrees, are graduate and undergraduate degrees
distributed across grades in a similar pattern? If not, this might be part of the cause for unequal
salary averages.

The step 5 output for a Chi Square test is very simple, it is the p-value, the probability of
getting a chi square value as large or larger than what we see if the null hypothesis is true.
That’s it – the data is set up, the Chi Square test function is selected from the Fx statistical list,
and we have the p-value. There is not output table to examine.

So, for an examination of are degrees distributed across grades in a similar manner, we
would have an actual distribution table (counts of what exists) looking like this:

Place the actual distribution in the table below.
A B C D E F Total

UnderG 7 5 3 2 5 3 25
Grad 8 2 2 3 7 3 25
Total 15 7 5 5 12 6 50

This table would be compared to an expected table where we show what we expect if the null
hypothesis was correct. (Setting up this table is discussed in Lecture 3.) Then we just get our

So, steps 5 and 6 would look like:

Step 5: Conduct the test. 0.85 (the Chi Square p-value from the Chisq.Test function

Step 6: Conclusion and Interpretation

What is the p-value? 0.85

Decision on rejecting the null: Do Not Reject the null hypothesis.

Why? P-value is > 0.05.

Conclusion on impact of degrees? Degrees are distributed equally across the grades
and do not seem to have any correlation with grades. This suggests they are not an
important factor in explaining differing salary averages among grades.

Of course, a bit more of getting the Chi Square result depends on the data set up than
with the other tests, but the overall interpretation is quite similar – does the p-value indicate we
should reject or not reject the null hypothesis claim as a description of the population?


Both the ANOVA and Chi Square tests follow the same basic logic developed last week
with the F and t-tests. The analysis is started with developing the first four (4) hypothesis testing
steps which set-up the purpose and decision-making rules for the analysis.

Running the tests (step 5) will be covered in the third lecture for this week.

Step 6 (Interpretation) is also done in the same fashion as last week. Look for the p-value
for each test and compare it to the alpha criteria. If the p-value is less than alpha, we reject the
null hypothesis.

When the null is rejected in the ANOVA test, we then create difference intervals to
determine which pair of means differs. If any of these intervals contains the value 0 (meaning
one end is a negative value and the other is a positive value), we can say that those means are not
significantly different within the population.

The Chi Square has two tests that were presented. One test looks at a single group
compared to an expected distribution, which we provide. The other version compares two or
more groups to an expected distribution which is generated by the existing distributions. How
these “expected” tables are generated will be discussed in Lecture 3 for this week.

Please ask your instructor if you have any questions about this material.

When you have finished with this lecture, please respond to Discussion thread 2 for this
week with your initial response and responses to others over a couple of days.


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