# 9.2.2.1 - Minitab: Independent Means t Test

9.2.2.1 - Minitab: Independent Means t TestHere we will use Minitab to conduct an independent means t-test. Note that Minitab uses a more complicated formula for computing the degrees of freedom for this test.

Within Minitab, the procedure for obtaining the test statistic and confidence interval for independent means is identical.

##
Minitab^{®}
– Conducting an Independent Means t Test

Let's compare the mean SAT-Math scores of students who have and have not ever cheated. Both sample sizes are at least 30 so the sampling distribution can be approximated using the \(t\) distribution.

- Open the Minitab file: class_survey.mpx
- Select
*Stat > Basic Statistics > 2 Sample t...* - Enter the variable
*SATM*into the*Samples*box - Enter variable
*Ever_Cheat*into the*Sample IDs*box - Click OK

This should result in the following output:

##### Method

\(\mu_1\): mean of SATM when Ever_Cheat = No

\(\mu_2\): mean of SATM when Ever_Cheat = Yes

Difference: \(\mu_1-\mu_2\)

*Equal variances are not assumed for this analysis.*

##### Descriptive Statistics: SATM

Ever_Cheat | N | Mean | StDev | SE Mean |
---|---|---|---|---|

No | 163 | 604.0 | 86.9 | 6.8 |

Yes | 53 | 583.7 | 79.2 | 11 |

##### Estimation of Difference

Difference | 95% CI for Difference |
---|---|

20.3 | (-5.2, 45.8) |

##### Test

Null hypothesis | \(H_0\): \(\mu_1-\mu_2=0\) |
---|---|

Alternative hypothesis | \(H_1\): \(\mu_1-\mu_2\neq0\) |

T-Value | DF | P-Value |
---|---|---|

1.58 | 95 | 0.117 |

The result of our two independent means t test is \(t(95) = 1.58, p = 0.117\). Our p-value is greater than the standard alpha level of 0.05 so we fail to reject the null hypothesis. There is not enough evidence to state that the mean SAT-Math scores of students who have and have not ever cheated are different.

Note that we could also interpret the confidence interval in this output. We are 95% confident that the mean difference in the population is between -5.16 and 45.78.

The example above uses a dataset. The following examples show how you can conduct this type of test using summarized data.

# 9.2.2.1.1 - Example: Summarized Data

9.2.2.1.1 - Example: Summarized Data## Example: Weight by Treatment

**Research question:** Do patients who receive our treatment weigh less than participants who do not receive our treatment?

Participants were randomly assigned to the treatment condition or a control group. After our intervention, their weights were measured in pounds. Weight is a quantitative variable, so we are going to be comparing means in this example. If assumptions are met, we’ll be conducting a two independent means t test.

Our treatment group has a sample size of 45, mean of 140 pounds, and standard deviation of 20 pounds. Our control group has a sample size of 40, sample mean of 150 pounds, and standard deviation of 25 pounds.

Follow the 5 step hypothesis testing procedure to analyze this data in Minitab.

There are two assumptions: (1) the two samples are independent and (2) both populations are normally distributed or \(n_1 \geq 30\) and \(n_2 \geq 30\). The participants were randomly assigned to one of the two groups. They are in no way matched or paired so they are independent. Both groups have sample size of at least 30.

Our hypotheses is based on the research question "Do patients who receive our treatment weigh **less than** participants who do not receive our treatment?." This indicates a left tail test. (T = treatment group, C = control group)

\(H_0\): \(\mu_T = \mu_C\)

\(H_a\): \(\mu_T < \mu_C\)

Use Minitab to perform the t-test.

#### 2-Sample independent t-test using summarized data

- Open Minitab
- Select
*Stat > Basic Statistics > 2 Sample t...* - Select
*Summarized data*in the dropdown at the top - Enter the summary statistics in the table with the treatment group as
*Sample 1*and the control group as*Sample 2*.Sample 1 Sample 2 Sample size: 45 40 Sample means: 140 150 Standard deviation: 20 25 - Select the
*Options*button - For the
*Alternative hypothesis*choose*Difference < hypothesized difference* *OK*and*OK*

And we get the following output:

##### Method

\(\mu_1\): population mean of Sample 1

\(\mu_2\): population mean of Sample 2

Difference: \(\mu_1-\mu_2\)

*Equal variances are not assumed for this analysis.*

##### Descriptive Statistics

Sample | N | Mean | StDev | SE Mean |
---|---|---|---|---|

Sample 1 | 45 | 140.0 | 20.0 | 3.0 |

Sample 2 | 40 | 150.0 | 25.0 | 4.0 |

##### Estimation of Difference

Difference | 95% CI for Difference |
---|---|

-10.00 | -1.75 |

##### Test

Null hypothesis | \(H_0\): \(\mu_1-\mu_2=0\) |
---|---|

Alternative hypothesis | \(H_1\): \(\mu_1-\mu_2\lt0\) |

T-Value | DF | P-Value |
---|---|---|

-2.02 | 74 | 0.024 |

The t-value is -2.02.

The p-value is 0.024.

\(p \leq \alpha\), reject the null hypothesis.

There is evidence that patients who receive our treatment weigh less than participants who do not receive our treatment in the population.

# 9.2.2.1.3 - Example: Height by Sex

9.2.2.1.3 - Example: Height by Sex**Research Question**: In the population of all college students, is the mean height of females less than the mean height of males?

Data concerning height (in inches) were collected from 99 females and 126 males.

This example uses the following Minitab file: class_survey.mpx

We have two independent groups: females and males. Height in inches is a quantitative variable. This means that we will be comparing the means of two independent groups.

There are 126 females and 99 males in our sample. The sampling distribution will be approximately normally distributed because both sample sizes are at least 30.

This is a left-tailed test because we want to know if the mean for females is less than the mean for males.

(Note: Minitab will arrange the levels of the explanatory variable in alphabetical order. This is why "females" are listed before "males" in this example.)

\(H_{0}:\mu_f = \mu_m \)

\(H_{a}: \mu_f < \mu_m \)

- Open the file and select
*Stat > Basic Statistics > 2 Sample t...* - Enter variable
*Height*into the*Samples*box - Enter the variable
*Biological Sex**Sample IDs*box - Click OK

This should result in the following output:

##### Method

\(\mu_1\): mean of Height when Biological Sex = Female

\(\mu_2\): mean of Height when Biological Sex = Male

Difference: \(\mu_1-\mu_2\)

*Equal variances are not assumed for this analysis.*

##### Descriptive Statistics: Height

Gender | N | Mean | StDev | SE Mean |
---|---|---|---|---|

Female | 126 | 65.62 | 6.53 | 0.58 |

Male | 99 | 70.24 | 3.63 | 0.37 |

##### Estimation for Difference

Difference | 95% CI for Difference |
---|---|

-4.6234 | (-5.978, -3.269) |

##### Test

Null hypothesis |
\(H_0\): \(\mu_1-\mu_2=0\) |
---|---|

Alternative hypothesis | \(H_1\): \(\mu_1-\mu_2<0\) |

T-Value | DF | P-Value |
---|---|---|

-6.73 | 202 | 0.000 |

The test statistic is t = -6.73

From the output given in Step 2, the p value is 0.000

\(p\leq.05\), therefore we reject the null hypothesis.

There is evidence that the mean height of female students is less than the mean height of male students in the population.