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    Possible help with Statistics Question ?

    Anyone able to possibly help with this question?

    Research Question: Do adults who are depressed have fewer hours sleep, on average,
    than adults who are not depressed?

    A local sleep laboratory assessed the length of sleep in hours in a random sample of
    ten adult patients suffering from depression (shown below).
    8.2 5.5 6.0 6.7 6.5
    6.8 7.2 6.1 7.5 7.0

    Descriptive Statistics: sleep
    Variable N Mean SE Mean StDev Minimum Median Maximum
    sleep 10 6.750 0.248 0.785 5.500 6.750 8.200

    a) Use the data and summary statistics above to test the hypothesis that depressed
    adults have fewer hours sleep, on average, than adults who are not depressed.


    Is the null hypothesis then just the opposite of the alternate, so
    H0: μ =to or greater than 8
    Ha: μ < 8

    Any help or a general push in the right direction would really help
    Last edited by Jackson2355; May 23rd 2013 at 03:04 AM.
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    Re: Possible help with Statistics Question ?

    Hey Jackson2355.

    You need to make a comparison between means: i.e. if mu1 is mean for depressed and mu2 is mean for not depressed then mu1 < mu2 or mu1 - mu2 < 0.
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