# AP Statistics Curriculum 2007 Hypothesis L Mean

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## General Advance-Placement (AP) Statistics Curriculum - Testing a Claim about a Mean: Large Samples

We already saw how to construct point and interval estimates for the population mean in the large sample case. Now, we show how to do hypothesis testing about the mean for large sample-sizes.

### Background

- Recall that for a random sample {} of the procees, the population mean may be estimated by the sample average, .

- For a given small α (e.g., 0.1, 0.05, 0.025, 0.01, 0.001, etc.), the (1 − α)100% Confidence interval for the mean is constructed by

- where the
**margin of error**E is defined as - and is the critical value for a Standard Normal distribution at .

### Hypothesis Testing about a Mean: Large Samples

- Null Hypothesis:
*H*_{o}:μ = μ_{o}(e.g., 0) - Alternative Research Hypotheses:
- One sided (uni-directional):
*H*_{1}:μ > μ_{o}, or*H*_{o}:μ < μ_{o} - Double sided:

- One sided (uni-directional):

#### Known Variance

- .

#### Unknown Variance

- .

### Example

Let's revisit the *number of sentences per advertisement* example, where we measure of readability for magazine advertisements. A random sample of the number of sentences found in 30 magazine advertisements is listed below. Suppose we want to test a null hypothesis: *H*_{o}:μ = 20 against a double-sided research alternative hypothesis: .

16 | 9 | 14 | 11 | 17 | 12 | 99 | 18 | 13 | 12 | 5 | 9 | 17 | 6 | 11 | 17 | 18 | 20 | 6 | 14 | 7 | 11 | 12 | 5 | 18 | 6 | 4 | 13 | 11 | 12 |

We had the following 2 sample statistics computed earlier

As the population variance is not given, we have to use the T-statistics

- .

### Hands-on activities

- See the SOCR Confidence Interval Experiment.
- Sample statistics, like the sample-mean and the sample-variance, may be easily obtained using SOCR Charts. The images below illustrate this functionality (based on the
**Bar-Chart**and**Index-Chart**) using the 30 observations of the number of sentences per advertisement, reported above.

### References

- SOCR Home page: http://www.socr.ucla.edu

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