11.3.2 - Minitab Express: Test of Independence

If you have a data file with the responses for individual cases then you have "raw data" and can follow the directions below. If you have a table filled with data, then you have "summarized data." There is an example of conducting a chi-square test of independence using summarized data on a later page. After data entry the procedure is the same for both data entry methods.

MinitabExpress  – Chi-square Test Using Raw Data

Research question: Is there a relationship between where a student sits in class and whether they have ever cheated?

Null hypothesis: Seat location and cheating are not related in the population. 
Alternative hypothesis: Seat location and cheating are related in the population.

To perform a chi-square test of independence in Minitab Express using raw data:

  1. Open Minitab data set
  2. On a PC: Select STATISTICS > Cross Tabulation and Chi-Square
    On a Mac: Select Statistics > Tables > Cross Tabulation and Chi-Square
  3. Double-click on the variable Seating to insert it into the Rows box
  4. Double-click on the variable Ever Cheat to insert it into the Columns box
  5. Click the Display tab and check the boxes Chi-square test for association and Expected cell counts
  6. Click OK

This should result in the following output:

Cell contents grouped by Back, Front, Middle, All; First row: count, Next row: expected count

Rows: Seating | Columns: Ever Cheat
  No Yes All
Back 24 8 32
  24.21 7.79  
Front 38 8 46
  34.81 11.19  
Middle 109 39 148
  111.98 36.02  
All 1714 55 226
Chi-Square Test
  Chi-Square DF P-Value
Pearson 1.54 2 0.4633
Likelihood Ratio 1.63 2 0.4435
Video Walkthrough

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All expected values are at least 5 so we can use the Pearson chi-square test statistic. Our results are \(\chi^2 (2) = 1.54\). \(p = 0.4633\). Because our \(p\) value is greater than the standard alpha level of 0.05, we fail to reject the null hypothesis. There is not evidence of a relationship in the population between seat location and whether a student has cheated.