Chapter 7. Fundamentals of Hypothesis Testing

7.1 The Null and Alternative Hypotheses

7.2 Hypothesis Testing Issues

7.3 Decision-Making Risks

7.4 Performing Hypothesis Testing

7.5 Types of Hypothesis Tests

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Test Yourself

Science progresses by first stating tentative explanations, or hypotheses, about natural phenomena and then by proving (or disproving) those hypotheses through investigation and testing. Statisticians have adapted this scientific method by developing an inferential method called hypothesis testing that evaluates a claim made about the value of a population parameter by using a sample statistic. In this chapter, you learn the basic concepts and principles of hypothesis testing and the statistical assumptions ...

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