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1.9 - hypothesis test for the population correlation coefficient.

- t -test for testing \(H_{0} \colon \beta_{1}= 0\)
- ANOVA F -test for testing \(H_{0} \colon \beta_{1}= 0\)

...or one could treat the wife's age as the response:

## Steps for Hypothesis Testing for \(\boldsymbol{\rho}\) Section

First, we specify the null and alternative hypotheses:

- Null hypothesis \(H_{0} \colon \rho = 0\)
- Alternative hypothesis \(H_{A} \colon \rho ≠ 0\) or \(H_{A} \colon \rho < 0\) or \(H_{A} \colon \rho > 0\)

## Step 2: Test Statistic

Second, we calculate the value of the test statistic using the following formula:

Test statistic: \(t^*=\dfrac{r\sqrt{n-2}}{\sqrt{1-R^2}}\)

## Step 3: P-Value

## Step 4: Decision

- If the P -value is smaller than the significance level \(\alpha\), we reject the null hypothesis in favor of the alternative. We conclude that "there is sufficient evidence at the\(\alpha\) level to conclude that there is a linear relationship in the population between the predictor x and response y."
- If the P -value is larger than the significance level \(\alpha\), we fail to reject the null hypothesis. We conclude "there is not enough evidence at the \(\alpha\) level to conclude that there is a linear relationship in the population between the predictor x and response y ."

## Example 1-5: Husband and Wife Data Section

## Student's t distribution with 168 DF

## Correlation: WAge, HAge

Pearson correlation of WAge and HAge = 0.939

## Final Note Section

- When it is not obvious which variable is the response.
- For each x , the y 's are normal with equal variances.
- For each y , the x 's are normal with equal variances.
- Either, y can be considered a linear function of x .
- Or, x can be considered a linear function of y .
- The ( x , y ) pairs are independent

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## What is the hypothesis test for correlation coefficient?

The PMCC is limited to values between -1 and 1 (included).

If r = 0 , there is no linear correlation between the variables.

What is the hypothesis test for negative correlation?

To conduct a hypothesis test, a number of keywords must be understood:

Null hypothesis ( H 0 ) : the hypothesis assumed to be correct until proven otherwise

Alternative hypothesis ( H 1 ) : the conclusion made if H 0 is rejected.

Critical region: the range of values that lead to the rejection of the null hypothesis.

2 . Using a calculator, work out the value of the PMCC of the sample data, r .

## How to interpret results based on the null hypothesis

We can define the null and alternative hypotheses for one-tailed and two-tailed tests:

Let us look at an example of testing for correlation.

a) Find the product moment correlation coefficient for this data, to 3 significant figures.

1. State the null and alternative hypotheses. H 0 : ρ = 0 and H 1 : ρ > 0

2. Calculate the PMCC. From part a), r = 0.935

Let us look at a second example.

We now follow the same series of steps.

1. State the null and alternative hypotheses. H 0 : ρ = 0 and H 1 : ρ <0.25

2. We cannot calculate the PMCC since we are only given data for the frequency of 'ones'.

4. Since 0.0962, or 9.62% <10%, the observed result lies in the critical region.

## Hypothesis Test for Correlation - Key takeaways

- The Product Moment Correlation Coefficient (PMCC), or r , is a measure of how strongly related 2 variables are. It ranges between -1 and 1, indicating the strength of a correlation.
- The closer r is to 1 or -1 the stronger the (positive or negative) correlation between two variables.
- The null hypothesis is the hypothesis that is assumed to be correct until proven otherwise. It states that there is no correlation between the variables.
- The alternative hypothesis is that which is accepted when the null hypothesis is rejected. It can be either one-tailed (looking at one outcome) or two-tailed (looking at both outcomes – positive and negative).
- If the significance level is 5%, this means that there is a 5% chance that the null hypothesis is incorrectly rejected.

Images One-tailed test: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=35569621

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## Final Hypothesis Test for Correlation Quiz

What does a PMCC, or r coefficient of 1 signify?

There is a perfect positive linear correlation between 2 variables

What does a PMCC, or r coefficient of 0 signify?

There is no correlation between 2 variables

What does a PMCC, or r coefficient of -0.986 signify?

There is a strong negative linear correlation between the 2 variables

What does the null hypothesis state?

p = 0 (there is no correlation between the variables)

Data which includes 2 variables

The range of values which lead to the rejection of the null hypothesis

What is the difference between a one-tailed and a two-tailed test?

Are hypotheses written in words or symbols?

What does a significance of 5% indicate?

The probability of incorrectly rejecting the null hypothesis is 5%

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## What is a hypothesis?

An example of a hypothesis could be: "Men earn more than women in the same job in Austira."

## How do I formulate a hypothesis?

## What is a variable?

If you are researching in the social sciences, your variables may be:

If you are researching in the medical field, your variables may be:

## What is the null and alternative hypothesis?

## Null hypothesis H0:

The salary of men and women does not differ in Austria.

## Alternative hypothesis H1:

The salary of men and women differs in Austria.

## Types of hypotheses

## Differential and correlation hypotheses

## Difference hypotheses

Difference hypotheses test whether there is a difference between two or more groups.

Examples of difference hypotheses are:

- The "group" of men earn more than the "group" of women.
- Smokers have a higher risk of heart attack than non-smokers
- There is a difference between Germany, Austria and France in terms of hours worked per week.

## Correlation hypotheses

Correlation hypotheses test correlations between at least two variables, for example:

Correlation hypotheses are, for example:

- The taller a person is, the heavier he is.
- The more horsepower a car has, the higher its fuel consumption.
- The better the math grade, the higher the future salary.

## Directed and undirected hypotheses

- With an undirected hypothesis , the only thing of interest is whether there is a difference in a value between the groups under consideration.
- In a directed hypothesis , what is of interest is whether one group has a higher or lower value than the other.

## Undirected hypotheses

- There is a difference between the salary of men and women (but it is not said who earns more!).
- There is a difference in the risk of heart attack between smokers and non-smokers (but it is not said who has the higher risk!).

- There is a correlation, between height and weight.
- There is a correlation between horsepower and fuel consumption in cars.

In both cases it is not said whether this correlation is positive or negative!

## Directed hypotheses

## The p-value for directed hypotheses

## Step-by-step instructions for testing hypotheses

- Literature research
- Formulation of the hypothesis
- Define scale level
- Determine significance level
- Determination of hypothesis type
- Which hypothesis test is suitable for the scale level and hypothesis type?

## Next tutorial about hypothesis testing

## Statistics made easy

Now let's go through our hypothesis testing steps:

Step 1: State hypotheses and choose α level

We'll use our conventional α = .05.

Step 3: Calculate test statistic

For this example, we're going to calculate a Pearson r statistic. Recall the formula for Person r: The bottom of the formula requires us to calculate the sum of squares (SS) for each measure individually and the top of the formula requires calculation of the sum of products of the two variables (SP). We'll start with the SS terms. Remember the formula for SS is: SS = Σ(X - ) 2 We'll calculate this for both GPA and Distance. If you need a review of how to calculate SS, review Lab 9 . For our example, we get: SS GPA = .58 and SS distance = 18.39 Now we need to calculate the SP term. Remember the formula for SP is SP = Σ(X - )(Y - ) If you need to review how to calculate the SP term, go to Lab 12 . For our example, we get SP = -.63 Plugging these SS and SP values into our r equation gives us r = -.19 Now we need to find our critical value of r using a table like we did for our z and t-tests. We'll need to know our degrees of freedom, because like t, the r distribution changes depending on the sample size. For r, df = n - 2 So for our example, we have df = 5 - 2 = 3. Now, with df = 3, α = .05, and a one-tailed test, we can find r critical in the Table of Pearson r values . This table is organized and used in the same way that the t-table is used.

Step 4: Compare observed test statistic to critical test statistic and make a decision about H 0

Our r obs (3) = -.19 and r crit (3) = -.805

Couple A: Husband - 14, Wife - 11

Couple B: Husband - 7, Wife - 6

Couple C: Husband - 15, Wife - 18

Couple D: Husband - 7, Wife - 4

Couple E: Husband - 3, Wife - 1

Couple F: Husband - 9, Wife - 10

Couple G: Husband - 9, Wife - 5

Couple H: Husband - 3, Wife - 3

Test the researcher's hypothesis with α set at .05.

## Using SPSS for Hypothesis Testing with Pearson r

Remember from Lab 12 , to calculate a Pearson r using SPSS:

## Two Sample Hypothesis Testing for Correlation

- Two independent sample pairs – this webpage
- Two dependent sample pairs with one sample in common (overlapping case)
- Two dependent sample pairs with no sample in common (non-overlapping case

Proof : By Theorem 1 of Correlation Testing via Fisher Transformation for i = 1, 2

By Properties 1 and 2 of Basic Characteristics of the Normal Distribution , it follows that

where s is as defined above. Since ρ 1 = ρ 2 it follows that ρ´ 1 = ρ´ 2 , and so

from which the result follows.

s = SQRT(1/( n 1 – 3) + 1/( n 2 – 3)) = SQRT(1/37 + 1/27) = 0.253

p-value = 2(1 – NORM.S.DIST( z, TRUE) = 2(1 – NORM.S.DIST(.755, TRUE)) = 0.45

We next perform either one of the following tests:

z crit = NORM.S.INV(1 – α /2) = NORM.S.INV(.975) = 1.96 > .755 = z

In either case, the null hypothesis is not rejected.

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## 24 thoughts on “Two Sample Hypothesis Testing for Correlation”

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Hello Ram, This should not happen. There is a mistake somewhere. Charles

Will the df always be n-3 in this test?

Anna, Since the normal distribution is used there is no df. Charles

Is there a test to compare the Kendall’s tau or the Spearman’s Rho of 2 independent samples?

Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.

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## Correlation/association hypothesis test

The hypotheses to test depends on the type of association:

- For a product-moment correlation, the null hypothesis states that the population correlation coefficient is equal to a hypothesized value (usually 0 indicating no linear correlation), against the alternative hypothesis that it is not equal (or less than, or greater than) the hypothesized value.
- For rank correlation methods, the hypotheses are restricted and more general. The null hypothesis states the variables are independent, against the alternative hypothesis that there is an association, such as a monotonic function.

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In general, a researcher should use the hypothesis test for the population correlation ρ to learn of a linear association between two variables, when it isn't

What is the hypothesis test for correlation coefficient? · If r = 1 , there is a perfect positive linear correlation. · If r = 0 , there is no linear correlation

In regard to a correlation hypothesis, this means there is a relationship or correlation between two variables, but it is not said whether this relationship is

For example: “The hypothesis is that higher happiness scores are associated with higher income scores.” This is the kind we usually state, because we usually

Hypothesis Testing with Pearson r · Step 1: State hypotheses and choose α level · Step 2: Collect the sample · Step 3: Calculate test statistic · Step 4: Compare

Example 1: A sample of 40 couples from London is taken comparing the husband's IQ with his wife's. The correlation coefficient for the sample is .77. Is this

A hypothesis is a testable statement about how something works in the natural world. While some hypotheses predict a causal relationship

For a product-moment correlation, the null hypothesis states that the population correlation coefficient is equal to a hypothesized value (

The r value, or sample correlation coefficient equals 0.9067. ... Timestamps 0:00 Overview Of Hypothesis Testing For Correlation Between 2

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