AP Statistics Curriculum 2007 Contingency Fit
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General Advance-Placement (AP) Statistics Curriculum - Multinomial Experiments: Chi-Square Goodness-of-Fit
The Chi-Square Test is used to test if a data sample comes from a population with specific characteristics. The Chi-Square Goodness-of-Fit Test is applied to binned data (data put into classes or categories). In most situations, the data histogram or frequency histogram may be obtained and the Chi-Square Test may be applied to these (frequency) values. This test requires a sufficient sample size in order for the Chi-Square approximation to be valid.
The Kolmogorov-Smirnov is an alternative to the Chi-Square Goodness-of-Fit Test. The Chi-Square Goodness-of-Fit Test may also be applied to discrete distributions such as the Binomial and the Poisson. The Kolmogorov-Smirnov Test is restricted to continuous distributions.
Motivational Example
Mendel's Pea Experiment relates to the transmission of hereditary characteristics from parent organisms to their offspring; it underlies much of genetics. Suppose a tall offspring is the event of interest and that the true proportion of tall peas (based on a 3:1 phenotypic ratio) is 3/4 or p = 0.75. He would like to show that Mendel's data follow this 3:1 phenotypic ratio.
Observed (O) | Expected (E) | |
Tall | 787 | 798 |
Dwarf | 277 | 266 |
Calculations
Suppose there were N = 1064 data measurements with Observed(Tall) = 787 and Observed(Dwarf) = 277. These are the O’s (observed values). To calculate the E’s (expected values), we will take the hypothesized proportions under H_{o} and multiply them by the total sample size N. Expected(Tall) = (0.75)(1064) = 798 and Expected(Dwarf) = (0.25)(1064) = 266. Quickly check to see if the expected total = N = 1064.
- The Hypotheses:
- H_{o}:P(tall) = 0.75 (No effect, follows a 3:1phenotypic ratio)
- P(dwarf) = 0.25
- H_{a}: P(tall) ≠ 0.75
- P(dwarf) ≠ 0.25
- Test Statistics:
- P-values and Critical values for the Chi-Square Distribution may be easily computed using SOCR Distributions.
- Results:
For the Mendel's Pea Experiment, we can compute the Chi-Square Test Statistics to be:
- .
- p-value=
Assumptions
The chi-square goodness-of-fit test requires that the data are divided into k bins and the test statistic is defined as
- ,
where O_{i} is the observed frequency and E_{i} is the expected frequency for bin . The expected counts may often be calculated by
- ,
where N is the total sample size, F is the cumulative distribution function (CDF) for the distribution being tested, U_{i} is the upper limit and L_{i} is the lower limit for class i.
The chi-square test is sensitive to the choice of bins and the optimal choice for the bin-width may depend on the choice of the distribution. The chi-square test is valid if the data represents a random sample of at least 20 observations and the expected frequencies at each bin are at least 5. Otherwise, the distribution of the statistics is not guaranteed to be , in general. In particular, the test may not be valid for small samples. If the expected counts are less than five for some bins, you may need to combine bins together to increase these counts.
Examples
Butterfly Hotspots
A hotspot is defined as a 10km^{2} area that is species rich (heavily populated by the species of interest). Suppose in a study of butterfly hotspots in a particular area of 10km^{2}, the number of butterfly hotspots in a sample of 2,588 is 165. In theory, 5% of the areas should be butterfly hotspots. Does the data provide evidence to suggest that the number of butterfly hotspots is increasing from the theoretical standards? Test using α = 0.01.
Cell-Phone Usage
Of 250 randomly selected cell phone users, is there evidence to show that there is a difference in area of home residence, defined as: Northern California (North); Southern California (South); or Out of State (Out)? Without further information suppose we have P(North) = 0.24, P(South) = 0.45, and P(Out) = 0.31. Is there any evidence suggesting different use of cell phones in these three groups of users?
Brain Cancer
Suppose 200 randomly selected cancer patients were asked if their primary diagnosis was brain cancer and if they owned a cell phone before their diagnosis. The results are presented in the table below:
Brain cancer | ||||
Yes | No | Total | ||
Cell Phone Use | Yes | 18 | 80 | 98 |
No | 7 | 95 | 102 | |
Total | 25 | 175 | 200 |
Does it seem like there is an association between brain cancer and cell phone use? Of the brain cancer patients, 18 out of 25 (about 0.72) owned a cell phone before their diagnosis. P(CP|BC) = 0.72 is the estimated probability of patients owning a cell phone given that he or she has brain cancer.
Of the other cancer patients, 80 out of 175 (about 0.46) owned a cell phone before their diagnosis. P(CP|NBC) = 0.46 is the estimated probability of patients owning a cell phone given that he or she has a different type of cancer.
Chi-Square Die Experiment
The SOCR Chi-square die experiment illustrates the Chi-square goodness-of-fit test using two-dice. Suppose we are trying to prove that one of two dice is loaded. Let's call the first die the sampling-die and the second one the testing-die. Using the Chi-Square dice applet you can manually select the loading of the two dice (these can be the same or different loadings). The figure below illustrates this situation. Note that in this experiment, we've intentionally loaded the two dice in the opposite ways (look at the probability distributions in the testing and sampling tables in the image). Thus, we expect that the sampling-die will be a poor model for the (oppositely loaded) testing-die. This is reflected in the results of the 10 experiments (all of them indicate statistically significant differences between the model (sampling-die) and the data (testing-die), which we can expect in this case. On the other hand, if we make the probability distributions of the two dice the same, a rejection of the null-hypothesis will only appear at the rate of the preset for α (0.02).
Applications
Polynomial Model Fitting
References
- SOCR Home page: http://www.socr.ucla.edu
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