# statistics problem

• Oct 21st 2009, 12:32 PM
Als20
statistics problem
Hello (Hi)

It has been suggested that showing the face of the speaker in a computer package that teaches a foreign language leads to improved memory of words and phrases. To investigate this, a study was undertaken whereby 24 post-beginners to the Polish language were divided randomly into one of two groups. Members from the two groups were each asked to sit in front of a computer which then presented them with 20 words and phrases and gave their English translation together with a sentence that put them into context. The words and phrases were each presented twice.

The participants who were in Group 1 saw the words on screen and heard them being read out, but no face was shown on screen.

The participants who were in Group 1 saw the words on screen and heard them being read out by a speaker whose face was shown.

Both groups took a 15 minute break after their exercise and were then given a piece of paper with the words and phrases typed and participants were given 5 minutes to write down the English translation. The experimenters were interested in comparing these two methods of learning foreign language words.

Number of correctly translated words for the members in each group:

Group 1 (no face) Group 2(face)
12 16
8 10
11 13....
3
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(a) Use SPSS to perform an appropriate t-test for this experiment.

(b) Use SPSS to perform and appropriate non-parametric test for this experiment.

(c) You are asked by the experimenters to advise them on which test would be the most suitable to be applied to these data Discuss how you would advise them.

What are the appropriate tests for q(a), (b), (c)?http://www.mathisfunforum.com/img/smilies/dunno.gif

Thank youu!!:D
• Oct 22nd 2009, 11:53 AM
jalko
Hi. So,

a) Should be the unpaired two sample t-test.
b) Mann–Whitney test should be appropriate.
c) If you expect non-normality in the population and because of smaller sample Mann-Whitney can be better. But under the normality assumption, t-test should be fine.
• Oct 23rd 2009, 01:15 PM
Als20
dotplot
I guess I should be assessing normality using a dotplot... but I cannot make heads or tails of this plot (Worried)