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    2. Using the following data, test the question that an equal number of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents voted during the most recent election. Test the hypothesis at the .05 level of significance. Do this by hand.


    Political Affiliation
    Republican Democrat Independent
    800 700 900

     
     
    x2 = e (observed value-expected value)2/Expected Value
    N=3, DF=2
     
    1) 800 + 700 + 900 = 2400/3 (N)= "800"
    2) Observed Data = -100, 0, 100
    3) Expected Data = 800
    4) (0)2/800 = 0, (-100)2/800 = 12.5, (100)2/800 = 12.5, therefore 12.5 + 12.5 = 25
    5) Reffering to chi square table, with two degrees of freedom at .025, distribution is 7.378
    6) 25>7.278, therefore REJECT the hypothesis
    Conclusion: Reject the hypothesis, political affiliation participation varies by category.

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    3. School enrollment officials expected a change in the distribution of the number of students across grades and were not sure whether it is what they should have expected. Test the following data for goodness of fit at the .05 level.


    Grade 1 2 3 4 5 6
    Number of students 309 432 346 432 369 329

     
     
    x2 = e (observed value-expected value)2/Expected Value
    Sum of Students: 2217
    N=6, DF= 5

    This is where I am completely lost...I can't figure out what the expected values are and it feels completely different than the last, can somebody help me?
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    Re: Chi Square Testing, Would GREATLY Appreciate Review of My Work + Help

    Hey irizavrima.

    Q2 looks very good. For Q3 you will have to make some kind of assumption about grade distribution.

    The assumptions for grade distribution vary on the course offering, past history and other factors that can affect the distribution of grades. For example a course in Quantum ChromoDynamics will have a distribution that is a lot different to say a course in introductory economics.

    When you figure out the assumptions to get the expected distribution or just obtain the expected distribution (through some argument) then you can do the chi-square test and obtain a test-statistic to test your hypothesis.

    I don't think a uniform grade would a good assumption, but perhaps a Normally distributed grade curve or a skewed normal (like a Beta distribution) can be used.

    If these are used then you will need to "bin" the distribution by dividing it into 6 even regions and get the probability (or rather the frequency) for each region where frequency is calculated by using frequency = probability * Number_Of_Students.
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