11.2  Goodness of Fit Test
11.2  Goodness of Fit TestA chisquare goodnessoffit test can be conducted when there is one categorical variable with more than two levels. If there are exactly two categories, then a one proportion z test may be conducted. The levels of that categorical variable must be mutually exclusive. In other words, each case must fit into one and only one category.
We can test that the proportions are all equal to one another or we can test any specific set of proportions.
If the expected counts, which we'll learn how to compute shortly, are all at least five, then the chisquare distribution may be used to approximate the sampling distribution. If any expected count is less than five, then a randomization test should be conducted.
 When randomly selecting a card from a deck with replacement, are we equally likely to select a heart, diamond, spade, and club?
 According to one research study, in the United States 2% of adults identify as homosexual, 2% as bisexual, and 96% as heterosexual. Are these proportions different in the population of Penn State students?
 A concessions stand sells blue, red, purple, and green freezer pops. They survey a sample of children and ask which of the four colors is their favorite. They want to know if the colors differ in popularity.
In conducting a goodnessoffit test, we compare observed counts to expected counts. Observed counts are the number of cases in the sample in each group. Expected counts are computed given that the null hypothesis is true; this is the number of cases we would expect to see in each cell if the null hypothesis were true.
 Expected Cell Value
 \(E=n (p_i)\)

\(n\) is the total sample size
\(p_i\) is the hypothesized proportion of the "ith" group
The observed and expected values are then used to compute the chisquare (\(\chi^2\)) test statistic.
 ChiSquare (\(\chi^2\)) Test Statistic

\(\chi^2=\sum \dfrac{(ObservedExpected)^2}{Expected}\)
StatKey has the ability to conduct a randomization test for a goodnessoffit test. There is an example of this in Section 7.1 of the Lock^{5} textbook. If all expected values are at least five, then the sampling distribution can be approximated using a chisquare distribution.
Like the t distribution, the chisquare distribution varies depending on the degrees of freedom. Degrees of freedom for a chisquare goodnessoffit test are equal to the number of groups minus 1. The distribution plot below compares the chisquare distributions with 2, 4, and 6 degrees of freedom.
To find the pvalue we find the area under the chisquare distribution to the right of our test statistic. A chisquare test is always righttailed.
11.2.1  Five Step Hypothesis Testing Procedure
11.2.1  Five Step Hypothesis Testing ProcedureThe examples on the following pages use the five step hypothesis testing procedure outlined below. This is the same procedure that we used to conduct a hypothesis test for a single mean, single proportion, difference in two means, and difference in two proportions.
When conducting a chisquare goodnessoffit test, it makes the most sense to write the hypotheses first. The hypotheses will depend on the research question. The null hypothesis will always contain the equalities and the alternative hypothesis will be that at least one population proportion is not as specified in the null.
In order to use the chisquare distribution to approximate the sampling distribution, all expected counts must be at least five.
 Expected Count
 \(E=np_i\)

Where \(n\) is the total sample size and \(p_i\) is the hypothesized population proportion in the "ith" group.
To check this assumption, compute all expected counts and confirm that each is at least five.
In Step 1 you already computed the expected counts. Use this formula to compute the chisquare test statistic:
 ChiSquare Test Statistic
 \(\chi^2=\sum \dfrac{(OE)^2}{E}\)
 Where \(O\) is the observed count for each cell and \(E\) is the expected count for each cell.
Construct a chisquare distribution with degrees of freedom equal to the number of groups minus one. The pvalue is the area under that distribution to the right of the test statistic that was computed in Step 2. You can find this area by constructing a probability distribution plot in Minitab Express.
Unless otherwise stated, use the standard 0.05 alpha level.
\(p \leq \alpha\) reject the null hypothesis.
\(p > \alpha\) fail to reject the null hypothesis.
Go back to the original research question and address it directly. If you rejected the null hypothesis, then there is evidence that at least one of the population proportions is not as stated in the null hypothesis. If you failed to reject the null hypothesis, then there is not evidence that any of the population proportions are different from what is stated in the null hypothesis.
11.2.1.1  Video: Cupcakes (Equal Proportions)
11.2.1.1  Video: Cupcakes (Equal Proportions)11.2.1.2 Cards (Equal Proportions)
11.2.1.2 Cards (Equal Proportions)Research question
When randomly selecting a card from a deck with replacement, are we equally likely to select a heart, diamond, spade, and club?
I randomly selected a card from a standard deck 40 times with replacement. I pulled 13 hearts, 8 diamonds, 8 spades, and 11 clubs.
Let's use the fivestep hypothesis testing procedure:
\(H_0: p_h=p_d=p_s=p_c=0.25\)
\(H_a:\) at least one \(p_i\) is not as specified in the null
We can use the null hypothesis to check the assumption that all expected counts are at least 5.
\(Expected\;count=n (p_i)\)
All \(p_i\) are 0.25. \(40(0.25)=10\), thus this assumption is met and we can approximate the sampling distribution using the chisquare distribution.
\(\chi^2=\sum \dfrac{(ObservedExpected)^2}{Expected} \)
All expected values are 10. Our observed values were 13, 8, 8, and 11.
\(\chi^2=\dfrac{(1310)^2}{10}+\dfrac{(810)^2}{10}+\dfrac{(810)^2}{10}+\dfrac{(1110)^2}{10}\)
\(\chi^2=\dfrac{9}{10}+\dfrac{4}{10}+\dfrac{4}{10}+\dfrac{1}{10}\)
\(\chi^2=1.8\)
Our sampling distribution will be a chisquare distribution.
\(df=k1=41=3\)
We can find the pvalue by constructing a chisquare distribution with 3 degrees of freedom to find the area to the right of \(\chi^2=1.8\)
The pvalue is 0.614935
\(p>0.05\) therefore we fail to reject the null hypothesis.
There is not evidence that the proportion of hearts, diamonds, spades, and clubs that are randomly drawn from this deck are different.
11.2.1.3  Roulette Wheel (Different Proportions)
11.2.1.3  Roulette Wheel (Different Proportions)Research Question
An American roulette wheel contains 38 slots: 18 red, 18 black, and 2 green. A casino has purchased a new wheel and they want to know if there is any evidence that the wheel is unfair. They spin the wheel 100 times and it lands on red 44 times, black 49 times, and green 7 times.
If the wheel is fair then \(p_{red}=\dfrac{18}{38}\), \(p_{black}=\dfrac{18}{38}\), and \(p_{green}=\dfrac{2}{38}\).
All of these proportions combined equal 1.
\(H_0: p_{red}=\dfrac{18}{38},\;p_{black}=\dfrac{18}{38}\;and\;p_{green}=\dfrac{2}{38}\)
\(H_a: At\;least\;one\;p_i\;is \;not\;as\;specified\;in\;the\;null\)
In order to conduct a chisquare goodness of fit test all expected values must be at least 5.
For both red and black: \(Expected \;count=100(\dfrac{18}{38})=47.368\)
For green: \(Expected\;count=100(\dfrac{2}{38})=5.263\)
All expected counts are at least 5 so we can conduct a chisquare goodness of fit test.
\(\chi^2=\sum \dfrac{(ObservedExpected)^2}{Expected} \)
In the first step we computed the expected values for red and black to be 47.368 and for green to be 5.263.
\(\chi^2= \dfrac{(4447.368)^2}{47.368}+\dfrac{(4947.368)^2}{47.368}+\dfrac{(75.263)^2}{5.263} \)
\(\chi^2=0.239+0.056+0.573=0.868\)
Our sampling distribution will be a chisquare distribution.
\(df=k1=31=2\)
We can find the pvalue by constructing a chisquare distribution with 2 degrees of freedom to find the area to the right of \(\chi^2=0.868\)
The pvalue is 0.647912
\(p>0.05\) therefore we should fail to reject the null hypothesis.
There is not evidence that this roulette wheel is unfair.
11.2.2  Minitab Express: GoodnessofFit Test
11.2.2  Minitab Express: GoodnessofFit TestResearch Question:
When randomly selecting a card from a deck with replacement, are we equally likely to select a heart, diamond, spade, and club?
I randomly selected a card from a standard deck 40 times with replacement. I pulled 13 hearts, 8 diamonds, 8 spades, and 11 clubs.
MinitabExpress – Conducting a ChiSquare GoodnessofFit Test
Summarized Data, Equal Proportions
To perform a chisquare goodnessoffit test in Minitab Express using summarized data we first need to enter the data into the worksheet. Below you can see that we have one column with the names of each group and one column with the observed counts for each group.
Suit  Count  

1  Hearts  13 
2  Diamonds  8 
3  Spades  8 
4  Clubs  11 
 On a PC: Select STATISTICS > ChiSquare GoodnessofFit
On a Mac: Select Statistics > Tables > ChiSquare GoodnessofFit  From the dropdown box select Summarized data in a column
 Doubleclick Count to enter it into the Observed Counts box
 Doubleclick Suit to enter it into the Category names box
 Click OK
This should result in the following output:
Category  Observed  Test Proportion 
Expected  Contribution to ChiSq 

Hearts  13  0.250000  10  0.90 
Diamonds  8  0.250000  10  0.40 
Spades  8  0.250000  10  0.40 
Clubs  11  0.250000  10  0.10 
N  DF  ChiSq  PValue 

40  3  1.80  0.6149 
Select your operating system below to see a stepbystep guide for this example.
All expected values are at least 5 so we can use the chisquare distribution to approximate the sampling distribution. Our results are \(\chi^2 (3) = 1.80\). \(p = 0.6149\). Because our pvalue is greater than the standard alpha level of 0.05, we fail to reject the null hypothesis. There is not evidence that the proportions are different in the population.
The example above tested equal population proportions. Minitab Express also has the ability to conduct a chisquare goodnessoffit test when the hypothesized population proportions are not all equal. To do this, you can choose to test specified proportions or to use proportions based on historical counts:
11.2.2.1  Video Example: Tulips (Summarized Data, Equal Proportions)
11.2.2.1  Video Example: Tulips (Summarized Data, Equal Proportions)A company selling tulip bulbs claims they have equal proportions of white, pink, and purple bulbs and that they fill customer orders by randomly selecting bulbs from the population of all of their bulbs.
You ordered 30 bulbs and received 16 white, 8 pink, and 6 purple.
Is there evidence the bulbs you received were not randomly selected from a population with an equal proportion of each color?
Minitab Express is used to conduct a hypothesis test to address this research question.