\n",
" **Jupyter Notebooks for Teaching and Learning**

\n", " C. Hardebolle, P. Jermann, R. Tormey, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 Int.

\n", "

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"\n", " C. Hardebolle, P. Jermann, R. Tormey, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 Int.

\n", "

Introduction to hypothesis testing

\n", "\n", "An important part of the scientific process is to make hypotheses about the world or about the results of experiments. These hypotheses need then to be checked by collecting evidence and making comparisons. Hypothesis testing is a step in this process where statistical tools are used to test hypotheses using data.\n", "\n", "**This notebook is designed for you to learn**:\n", "* How to distinguish between \"population\" datasets and \"sample\" datasets when dealing with experimental data\n", "* How to compare a sample to a population, test a hypothesis using a statistical test called the \"t-test\" and interpret its results\n", "* How to use Python scripts to make statistical analyses on a dataset\n", "\n", "In the following, we will use an example dataset representing series of measurements on a type of flower called Iris." ] }, { "cell_type": "markdown", "metadata": {}, "source": [ "---" ] }, { "cell_type": "markdown", "metadata": {}, "source": [ "# Introduction\n", "\n", "\n",
" \n",
"\n",
"###### Iris Virginica (Credit: Frank Mayfield CC BY-SA 2.0)\n",
"\n",
"

\n",
"\n",
"In 1935, an american botanist called Edgar Anderson worked on quantifying the morphologic variation of Iris flowers of three related species, Iris Setosa, Iris Virginica and Iris Versicolor [[1]](#Bibliography). He realized a series of measures of the petal length, petal width, sepal length, sepal width and species.\n",
"Based on the combination of these four features, a British statistician and biologist named Ronald Fisher developed a model to distinguish the species from each other [[2]](#Bibliography).\n",
"\n",
"## Question\n",
"\n",
"A recent series of measurements has been carried out at the [Iris Garden of the Vullierens Castle](https://chateauvullierens.ch/en/) near Lausanne, on a sample of 50 flowers of the Iris Virginica species. \n",
"**How similar (or different) is the Iris sample from the Vullierens Castle compared to the Iris Virginica population documented by Edgar Anderson?**\n",
"\n",
"## Instructions\n",
"\n",
"This notebook will guide you in the use of Python tools for analyzing this experimental dataset and perform statistical tests which are widely used in hypothesis testing. \n",
"It includes:\n",
"* **explanations to read** about how to analyze experimental data to answer a research question.\n",
"* **code to execute** to illustrate how to perform data analysis using Python.\n",
"* **questions** to help you think about what you learn along the way.\n",
"\n",
"\n",
"**Solutions**. We recommend you to **check your answer** after each question, before moving to the next piece of content. The solutions are made visible by clicking on the \"...\" below a question."
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"source": [
"\n", "

\n",
" How to use this notebook?

\n", "**As a first task**, edit the cell below and write

\n", "

\n",
"\n", "

- \n",
"
- To
**execute**the code in this notebook, simply click on the cell containing the code and then click on the \"play\" button (►) in the tool bar just above the notebook, or type`shift + enter`

.

It is important to execute the code cells in their order of appearance in the notebook. \n",
" - You will be asked to
**change the content**of some code cells of this notebook.\n", " - You can also
**add new cells**to the notebook in order to test ideas by clicking on the \"plus\" button (+) in the tool bar just above the notebook. By default, cells you add to the notebook are made to contain Python code. If you want a new cell to contain text, select \"Markdown\" in the drop down menu in the same tool bar. \n",
" - While using the notebook, you can also
**take notes on a piece of paper**if you feel this is helpful. \n",
"

`3*4`

in it below the comment (#). Once this is done press `shift + enter`

or ► to execute the cell\n", "

You can check your answer by clicking on the \"...\" below.

\n", "\n", "\n", "\n" ] }, { "cell_type": "code", "execution_count": null, "metadata": {}, "outputs": [], "source": [ "# C0: Edit and execute this cell by writing below this line\n" ] }, { "cell_type": "markdown", "metadata": { "jupyter": { "source_hidden": true } }, "source": [ "\n", "

\n",
" Solution

\n", " You have written a your first line of pyhon in the cell by typing

\n", " The lines starting with a hash (#) are considered as comments and are not executed.

\n", " Get a piece of paper and a pencil and move on to the next cell by clicking

\n", "

\n"
]
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{
"cell_type": "markdown",
"metadata": {},
"source": [
"# Getting started"
]
},
{
"cell_type": "markdown",
"metadata": {},
"source": [
"## Python tools for stats\n",
"Python comes with a number of libraries for processing data and computing statistics.\n",
"To use these tool you first have to load them using the `import` keyword. \n",
"\n",
"The role of the code cell just below is to load the tools that we use in the rest of the notebook. It is important to execute this cell *prior to executing any other cell in the notebook*."
]
},
{
"cell_type": "code",
"execution_count": null,
"metadata": {},
"outputs": [],
"source": [
"# C1: plotting and display tools\n",
"%matplotlib inline\n",
"import matplotlib.pyplot as plt\n",
"plt.style.use('seaborn-whitegrid') # global style for plotting\n",
"\n",
"from IPython.display import display, set_matplotlib_formats\n",
"set_matplotlib_formats('svg') # vector format for graphs\n",
"\n",
"# data computation tools\n",
"import numpy as np \n",
"import pandas as pan\n",
"import math\n",
"\n",
"# statistics tools\n",
"import scipy.stats as stats\n",
"from scipy.stats import t as tdist\n",
"from lib.dataanalysis import * \n"
]
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"cell_type": "markdown",
"metadata": {},
"source": [
"## Data available on the Anderson population\n",
"\n",
"Anderson has published summary statistics of his dataset. \n",
"You have the **mean petal length of the Iris Virginica species** documented by Anderson: $\\mu = 5.552$ cm, which we define in the code below."
]
},
{
"cell_type": "code",
"execution_count": null,
"metadata": {},
"outputs": [],
"source": [
"# C2: Define mu as mean petal length of Iris Virginica species from Anderson\n",
"mu = 5.552\n",
"\n",
"# Display mu\n",
"print(mu)"
]
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"cell_type": "markdown",
"metadata": {},
"source": [
"\n", " You have written a your first line of pyhon in the cell by typing

`3*4`

and upon executing the cell the notebook should display the result, the number 12.\n", " The lines starting with a hash (#) are considered as comments and are not executed.

\n", " Get a piece of paper and a pencil and move on to the next cell by clicking

`shift + enter`

\n", "

\n",
" Question

\n", " What does the first line of code above do? And what is the role of the second line of code?

\n", "

"
]
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"cell_type": "markdown",
"metadata": {
"jupyter": {
"source_hidden": true
}
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"source": [
"\n",
"\n", " What does the first line of code above do? And what is the role of the second line of code?

\n", "

You can check your answer by clicking on the \"...\" below.

\n", "\n",
" Solution

\n", " The first line of code defines a variable called

\n", " The role of the second line of code is to display the value of

\n", "

"
]
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"cell_type": "markdown",
"metadata": {},
"source": [
"## Data available on the Vullierens sample\n",
"\n",
"You have the raw data collected on the petal length and petal width of the Vuillerens sample, which is stored in the file `iris-sample-vullierens-1.csv` that you can see in the file explorer in the left pane. If you double click on the file it will open in a new tab and you can look at what is inside.\n",
"\n",
"Now to analyze the data using Python you have to read the file:"
]
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"cell_type": "code",
"execution_count": null,
"metadata": {},
"outputs": [],
"source": [
"# C3: Read the Vullierens sample data from the CSV file\n",
"sample_data = pan.read_csv('iris-sample-vullierens-1.csv')\n",
"\n",
"# Display the first few lines of the dataset\n",
"print(sample_data.head())"
]
},
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"cell_type": "markdown",
"metadata": {},
"source": [
"After reading the file, its content is stored in the variable `sample_data`, which is a kind of table. The output above shows us an extract of the table, limited to the first 5 lines. We see above that each line of the table is given an index number to identify it. We also see that, appart from the index, the table contains a column, called `\"petal_length_sample1\"`, which contains all the measurements made on the Vullierens Irises.\n",
"\n",
"To get the complete list of all the values stored in one specific column such as `\"petal_length_sample1\"`, you can use the following syntax: `sample_data[\"petal_length_sample1\"]`. We save these values in a variable called `vuillerens_sample` and then display the values."
]
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"cell_type": "code",
"execution_count": null,
"metadata": {},
"outputs": [],
"source": [
"# C4: Create a variable called \"first_sample\" which contain\n",
"# the values stored in the \"petal_length_sample1\" \n",
"# of the \"sample_data\" table\n",
"\n",
"vuillerens_sample = sample_data[\"petal_length_sample1\"]\n",
"\n",
"# Display the values of vullierens_sample\n",
"print(vuillerens_sample)"
]
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"metadata": {},
"source": [
" \n",
"\n",
"---"
]
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"cell_type": "markdown",
"metadata": {},
"source": [
"# First look at the data"
]
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"cell_type": "markdown",
"metadata": {},
"source": [
"### Descriptive statistics\n",
"\n",
"A first important step in analyzing data is to get an idea of its basic characteristics using **descriptive statistics** such as the **mean** (i.e. the average value or \"moyenne\" in French) and the **standard deviation** (\"écart-type\" in French, generally abreviated \n", " The first line of code defines a variable called

`mu`

and sets its value to `5.552`

.\n", " The role of the second line of code is to display the value of

`mu`

.\n", "

\n",
" Activity

\n", " Does your sample (in blue) differ from the Vuillerens sample (in green) that was collected first ?

\n", " Execute the cell above to generate a few samples**until you get a sample (my_sample) which has a mean below the population mean**. For memory, the population mean was $\\mu=5.552$ and is represented by a black dashed line.

\n", " How is it possible that you get a mean petal length different from the Vuillerens sample, since you are taking flowers from the same place ? And how come both are different from the population mean ($\\mu=5.552$) represented with a dashed black line.

\n", "

"
]
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"cell_type": "markdown",
"metadata": {
"jupyter": {
"source_hidden": true
}
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"source": [
"\n",
"\n", " Does your sample (in blue) differ from the Vuillerens sample (in green) that was collected first ?

\n", " Execute the cell above to generate a few samples

\n", " How is it possible that you get a mean petal length different from the Vuillerens sample, since you are taking flowers from the same place ? And how come both are different from the population mean ($\\mu=5.552$) represented with a dashed black line.

\n", "

You can check your answer by clicking on the \"...\" below.

\n", "\n",
" Answer

\n", " Everytime we draw a sample from the Iris population (like the Vuillerens sample and the samples you have just picked), we only get a subset of the flowers in the population. The randomness of the sampling causes some variability so that not all samples have exactly a sample mean equal to the population mean $\\mu$. The distribution of petal lengths we have observed with the histograms also is a bit different for each sample. Sometimes, there are extreme values included, some times the distribution looks more symmetrical than others.\n", "

"
]
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"cell_type": "markdown",
"metadata": {},
"source": [
"\n", " Everytime we draw a sample from the Iris population (like the Vuillerens sample and the samples you have just picked), we only get a subset of the flowers in the population. The randomness of the sampling causes some variability so that not all samples have exactly a sample mean equal to the population mean $\\mu$. The distribution of petal lengths we have observed with the histograms also is a bit different for each sample. Sometimes, there are extreme values included, some times the distribution looks more symmetrical than others.\n", "

\n",
" Question

\n", " From the graph above on the left, how many irises from the Vuillerens sample have a petal length between 4.7 and 4.95 cm?

\n", " How is the mean petal length of the Vuillerens sample represented? And the mean of the Anderson population?

\n", " How close are they to each other?\n", "

"
]
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"cell_type": "markdown",
"metadata": {
"jupyter": {
"source_hidden": true
}
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"source": [
"\n",
"\n", " From the graph above on the left, how many irises from the Vuillerens sample have a petal length between 4.7 and 4.95 cm?

\n", " How is the mean petal length of the Vuillerens sample represented? And the mean of the Anderson population?

\n", " How close are they to each other?\n", "

You can check your answer by clicking on the \"...\" below.

\n", "\n",
" Solution

\n", " The irises with a petal length between 4.7 and 4.95 cm are represented by the first bar of the histogram (counting from the left) and we can read on the vertical axis that there are 5 irises represented in this bar.

\n", " According to the legend, the mean petal length of the Vullierens sample is represented by a green vertical dash-dotted line (-·-·-) and the mean of the Anderson population by a black vertical dash-dotted line (-·-·-).

\n", " These two means seem to be quite close to each other, with a difference of around 0.15 cm.\n", "

"
]
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"cell_type": "markdown",
"metadata": {},
"source": [
"# Statistical test and hypothesis\n",
"\n",
"The simple analyses we have made so far allow us to have a preliminary idea about how the Irises from Vullierens compare to those observed by Anderson. One feature to look at for the comparison is their respective mean petal length. We see above that the mean petal length $m$ of the Vullierens sample is quite close to the mean $\\mu$ reported by Anderson. However, we also see that there is some variability in our sample, meaning that some irises in our sample actually have a petal length quite far from that of the Anderson population. So are the two means really that close to each other?\n",
"\n",
"Let's formulate this as an **hypothesis** which we state as: the sample mean $m$ is similar to the mean of the reference population $\\mu$, which we will note $m = \\mu$ (in this notation, the equal symbol should not be interpreted literally). This hypothesis is noted $H_0$ and called the \"null\" hypothesis because it states that there is no difference between the sample and the population. \n",
"The \"alternate\" hypothesis $H_a$ is that the sample mean is not similar to the mean of the reference population, $m \\neq \\mu$.\n",
"\n",
"$H_0: m = \\mu$\n",
"\n",
"$H_a: m \\neq \\mu$\n",
"\n",
"How can we test our hypothesis? In the following, we use a **statistical test** to answer this question.\n",
" \n",
"\n",
"---\n"
]
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"cell_type": "markdown",
"metadata": {},
"source": [
"## Testing our hypothesis"
]
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"cell_type": "markdown",
"metadata": {},
"source": [
"In our hypothesis we compare the mean of one sample to a reference value. To test this hypothesis we can use a statistical test called a **one-sample t-test**. \n",
"\n",
"But what does it mean when we test the hypothesis that a sample mean is potentially equal to a the mean of a *reference population*? "
]
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"cell_type": "markdown",
"metadata": {},
"source": [
"## Sample versus population\n",
"\n",
"\n", " The irises with a petal length between 4.7 and 4.95 cm are represented by the first bar of the histogram (counting from the left) and we can read on the vertical axis that there are 5 irises represented in this bar.

\n", " According to the legend, the mean petal length of the Vullierens sample is represented by a green vertical dash-dotted line (-·-·-) and the mean of the Anderson population by a black vertical dash-dotted line (-·-·-).

\n", " These two means seem to be quite close to each other, with a difference of around 0.15 cm.\n", "

\n",
"\n",
"Figure 1. Population and samples.\n",
"

\n",
"\n",
"To understand this, it is useful to start by thinking about a population, in this case our population of Virginical Irises which has a mean petal length of $\\mu = 5.552$ cm, illustrated by the big black circle on Figure 1 on the right.\n",
"\n",
"Now imagine you take a sample of (i.e. a subset of), say, 50 flowers from this population, represented by the yellow circle on Figure 1. The mean petal length of this sample is $m_1 = 5.713$ cm. You then take a second sample of 50 flowers (another subset, in green on Figure 1), which ends up having a mean petal length of $m_2 = 5.349$ cm. The sample of 50 you have taken just before by running the python code above gives you yet another mean petal length of $m_3 = ???$ cm, in blue on Figure 1.\n",
"\n",
""
]
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"cell_type": "markdown",
"metadata": {},
"source": [
"### Distribution of sample means. \n",
"\n",
"If you keep taking samples from this population, you will start to notice a pattern: while some of the samples will give a mean petal length which is not at all close to the population mean, most of the mean petal lengths are reasonably close to the population mean of 5.552 cm. Furthermore, the mean of the mean petal length of the samples will be the same as that of the population as a whole i.e. 5.552 cm.\n",
"\n",
"In the cell below we do exactly that, we draw 5000 samples (as defined by `n_samples`) of 50 flowers (as defined by `sample_size`) and for each of them compute the mean. We then collect these means in a list and plot their distribution. \n"
]
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"cell_type": "code",
"execution_count": null,
"metadata": {},
"outputs": [],
"source": [
"# C9: Let's pick 5000 samples of 50 flowers\n",
"# Where we draw flowers with draw_sample(50)\n",
"\n",
"n_samples = 5000\n",
"sample_size = 50\n",
"\n",
"# We will collect the means for each sample in a list []\n",
"means = []\n",
"samples = []\n",
"\n",
"# For 5000 times in a row\n",
"for i in range(n_samples):\n",
" \n",
" # We go to the garden and pick a sample of 50 flowers and measure the petal length\n",
" # This is the same function that we used before to draw my_sample.\n",
" sample = draw_sample(sample_size)\n",
"\n",
" # We compute the mean petal length\n",
" m = np.mean(sample)\n",
" \n",
" # We append the mean for this sample to the list of means\n",
" means.append(m)\n",
" \n",
" # We keep the samples for later analysis\n",
" samples.append(sample)\n",
"\n",
"# We now have 5000 sample means\n",
"# We print the 20 first ones (printing 5000 would take a lot of space ...)\n",
"\n",
"print(\"\\nEach number is the mean petal length of a sample of {:} flowers.\\n\".format(sample_size))\n",
"print (\"We display only the first 20 sample means (out of {:}):\".format(n_samples))\n",
"print(means[0:20])\n",
"print(\"\\nThe mean of the {:} means is: {:.3f}\\n\\n\".format(n_samples, np.mean(means)))\n",
"\n",
"# We plot a histogram of the 5000 means from samples of 50 flowers \n",
"# that we generated in the cell above\n",
"plot_mean_distribution(mu, means=means, sample_size=sample_size)\n",
" \n",
"# In green the Vuillerens sample\n",
"plt.axvline(x=vuillerens_sample_mean, color='green', linestyle='-.', linewidth=1, label=\"(Vuillerens sample)\")\n",
"\n",
"# In blue your own sample\n",
"plt.axvline(x=my_sample_mean, color='blue', linestyle='-.', linewidth=1, label=\"(My Sample)\");\n",
"\n",
"plt.legend();"
]
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"cell_type": "markdown",
"metadata": {},
"source": [
"\n",
" Activity

\n", " Run the cell above with different values of

\n", " Is the mean of means different from $\\mu$ ?\n", "

"
]
},
{
"cell_type": "markdown",
"metadata": {
"jupyter": {
"source_hidden": true
}
},
"source": [
"\n",
"\n", " Run the cell above with different values of

`n_samples`

= (e.g 50, 500, 5000, 50000) and observe the distribution of means.\n", " Is the mean of means different from $\\mu$ ?\n", "

You can check your answer by clicking on the \"...\" below.

\n", "\n",
" Solution

\n", " The more samples we take, the more the distribution of their means perfectly matches a bell shaped curve. Also the more samples we take, the closer the mean of their means approaches the population mean $\\mu$.

\n", "

"
]
},
{
"cell_type": "markdown",
"metadata": {},
"source": [
"In fact, it turns out that the distribution of the mean of these samples will take a very particular pattern that looks like a normal curve, as illustrated by the figure above. Actually, if you take bigger sample sizes (say 130 instead of 50) the distribution will get closer and closer to being a normal curve for which the mean is equal to the mean of the population. For these smaller samples, the distribution is called **[Student's t-distribution](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Student%27s_t-distribution)** (actually it is a family of distributions, which depend on the sample size).\n",
"\n",
"This is useful because it allows us to rephrase our question as to how similar or different our sample from Vullierens Castle is to the population of Irises as described by Edgar Anderson. \n",
"**What we have from the Vullierens Castle is a sample**. We want to know if it is a sample that might have come from a population like that described by Edgar Anderson. We now know the shape (more or less a normal distribution) and the mean ($\\mu$=5.552 cm) of all of the samples that could be taken from the population described by Edgar Anderson. \n",
"\n",
"**So our question becomes \"where does our sample fall on the distribution of all such sample means?\"**. \n",
"\n",
"* If a sample mean is close to the center of the distribution, then it is plausible that the sample came from a population like that of Edgar Anderson. \n",
"* If a sample mean is in to the far right or far left of the distribition (like the Vuillerens sample in green), then it is less plausible to believe that the sample came from a population like Anderson’s."
]
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"cell_type": "markdown",
"metadata": {},
"source": [
"## Significance level and cutoff point\n",
"\n",
"You might be wondering, how far away is far enough away for us to think it is implausible that our sample comes from a population like Anderson’s. The answer is, it depends on how sure you want to be. \n",
"\n",
"One common answer to this question is to be 95% sure - meaning that a sample mean would need to be in the most extreme 5% of cases before we would think it is implausible that our sample comes from a population like Anderson’s. This value of 5% is called **significance level** and it is noted $\\alpha$, with $\\alpha=0.05$. \n",
"\n",
"We now plot in red the area in the means distribution that corresponds to the proportion $\\alpha$ of most extreme cases. There are $\\frac{\\alpha}{2}=2.5\\%$ cases on the left of the distribution and $\\frac{\\alpha}{2}=2.5\\%$ cases on the right of the distribution. \n",
"\n"
]
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"cell_type": "code",
"execution_count": null,
"metadata": {},
"outputs": [],
"source": [
"# C10: Plotting mean distributions with significance areas\n",
"alpha = 0.05 # significance level\n",
"plot_mean_distribution(mu, alpha=alpha, means=means)\n",
"\n",
"# In green the Vuillerens sample\n",
"plt.axvline(x=vuillerens_sample_mean, color='green', linestyle='-.', linewidth=1, label=\"(Vuillerens)\")\n",
"\n",
"# In blue your own sample\n",
"plt.axvline(x=my_sample_mean, color='blue', linestyle='-.', linewidth=1, label=\"(My Sample)\");\n",
"plt.legend();"
]
},
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"cell_type": "markdown",
"metadata": {},
"source": [
"\n", " The more samples we take, the more the distribution of their means perfectly matches a bell shaped curve. Also the more samples we take, the closer the mean of their means approaches the population mean $\\mu$.

\n", "

\n",
" Activity

\n", " Run the cell above with different values of

\n"
]
},
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"cell_type": "markdown",
"metadata": {
"jupyter": {
"source_hidden": true
}
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"source": [
"\n",
"\n", " Run the cell above with different values of

`alpha`

= (e.g 0.01, 0.10, 0.50) and see how the zones change. You can remove the `means=means`

argument to see only the theoretical distribution without the histogram of our 5000 samples.\n",
" You can check your answer by clicking on the \"...\" below.

\n", "\n",
" Solution

\n", " The smaller the alpha you choose, the smaller the red zone on the graph. The surface of the red zone corresponds to the proportion $\\alpha$ of sample means that are the most extreme.

\n", "

"
]
},
{
"cell_type": "markdown",
"metadata": {},
"source": [
"These most extreme 5% cases are represented by the zones in light red in the figure above. If the sample mean falls into these most extreme zones, we say that *the difference is \"statistically significant\"*.\n",
"\n",
"A second, common answer is 99% sure meaning that a sample mean would need to be in the most extreme 1% of cases before we would think it is implausible that our sample comes from a population like Anderson’s ($\\alpha=0.01$). \n",
"\n",
"In the following, **we will work on the basis of being 95% sure**.\n", " The smaller the alpha you choose, the smaller the red zone on the graph. The surface of the red zone corresponds to the proportion $\\alpha$ of sample means that are the most extreme.

\n", "

\n", "Let's define our significance level $\\alpha=0.05$:" ] }, { "cell_type": "markdown", "metadata": {}, "source": [ "## Definition of the t value\n", "\n", "### Scaling and centering the distribution of means\n", "\n", "To facilitate the statistical comparison of our sample means with the population mean, and to measure how far away from the population mean we are in terms of \"standard deviations\" we have to center and scale the distribution of means. This operation consists of substracting the mean and dividing by the standard deviation. \n", "\n", "This would be equivalent to compute:\n", "$\n", "\\begin{align}\n", "t = \\frac{m - \\mu}{\\sigma_{\\overline{X}}}\n", "\\end{align}\n", "$\n", "\n", "In our case, we know the mean of our sample $m$, as well as the mean of the population $\\mu$ but we don't know the population's standard deviation. \n", "\n", "### Standard error of the mean\n", "The last piece of information missing that would enable us to compute how many standard deviations separate the population mean $\\mu$ and the sample mean from Vuillerens is the size of the standard deviation of the distribution of sample means from Anderson’s population.\n", "\n", "It turns out that a good guess for the size of this standard deviation can be obtained from knowing the standard deviation of our sample. If $s$ is the sample standard deviation of our sample and $n$ is the sample size, then the standard deviation of the distribution of sample means is the **\"standard error of the mean\" (also noted SEM)**:\n", "\n", "$\n", "\\begin{align}\n", "{SEM} = \\frac{s}{\\sqrt{n}}\n", "\\end{align}\n", "$ \n", "\n", "We can compute it by using the sample size and the standard deviation from the descriptive statistics we have computed earlier: \n", "\n" ] }, { "cell_type": "code", "execution_count": null, "metadata": {}, "outputs": [], "source": [ "# C11: Compute the standard error of the mean for Vuillerens\n", "\n", "# In python, the square root of x is obtained with the function np.sqrt(x)\n", "vuillerens_sem = vuillerens_sample_std / np.sqrt(vuillerens_sample_size)\n", "\n", "# Display the standard error of the mean\n", "print(vuillerens_sem)" ] }, { "cell_type": "markdown", "metadata": {}, "source": [ "

\n",
" Activity

\n", " Compute the Standard Error of the Mean for your sample in the cell below and save it in a variable called

\n"
]
},
{
"cell_type": "code",
"execution_count": null,
"metadata": {},
"outputs": [],
"source": [
"print(my_sample_mean, my_sample_std, my_sample_size)"
]
},
{
"cell_type": "code",
"execution_count": null,
"metadata": {},
"outputs": [],
"source": [
"# C12: Compute the sem for your sample\n",
"my_sem = ...\n",
"\n",
"# Display the standard error of the mean\n",
"print(my_sem)"
]
},
{
"cell_type": "markdown",
"metadata": {
"jupyter": {
"source_hidden": true
}
},
"source": [
"\n",
"\n", " Compute the Standard Error of the Mean for your sample in the cell below and save it in a variable called

`my_sem`

. As a reminder, in the cell below we print the mean, standard deviation and sample size we defined for your own sample.\n",
" You can check your answer by clicking on the \"...\" below.

\n", "\n",
" Solution

\n", " See the solution code below.

\n", "

\n",
"\n",
"\n", " See the solution code below.

\n", "

\n", "# Compute the sem for your sample\n", "my_sem = my_sample_std / np.sqrt(my_sample_size)\n", "\n", "# Display the standard error of the mean\n", "my_sem\n", "" ] }, { "cell_type": "markdown", "metadata": {}, "source": [ "### t value\n", "Now that we have an estimate for the standard deviation of the means $\\sigma_{\\overline{X}}$ we can compute the **t value** for our samples.\n", "\n", "$\n", "\\begin{align}\n", "t = \\frac{m - \\mu}{SEM}\n", "\\end{align}\n", "$\n" ] }, { "cell_type": "code", "execution_count": null, "metadata": {}, "outputs": [], "source": [ "# C13: Compute the t value for Vuillerens:\n", "vuillerens_t = (vuillerens_sample_mean - mu) / vuillerens_sem\n", "\n", "# Display t\n", "print(vuillerens_t)" ] }, { "cell_type": "markdown", "metadata": {}, "source": [ "

\n",
" Activity

\n", " Compute the t value for your sample in the cell below and save it in a variable called

\n", " What is the sign of

\n"
]
},
{
"cell_type": "code",
"execution_count": null,
"metadata": {},
"outputs": [],
"source": [
"# C14: Compute the t value for your sample\n",
"my_t = ...\n",
"print(my_t)"
]
},
{
"cell_type": "markdown",
"metadata": {
"jupyter": {
"source_hidden": true
}
},
"source": [
"\n",
"\n", " Compute the t value for your sample in the cell below and save it in a variable called

`my_t`

.\n", " What is the sign of

`my_t`

?\n",
" You can check your answer by clicking on the \"...\" below.

\n", "\n",
" Solution

\n", " The t-value for your sample (

\n", " See the solution code below.

\n", "

\n",
"\n",
"\n", " The t-value for your sample (

`my_t`

) is negative because the mean of your sample is smaller than $\\mu$, hence the numerator for the t-value is negative. \n", " See the solution code below.

\n", "

\n", "# Compute my_t\n", "my_t = (my_sample_mean - mu) / (my_sample_std / np.sqrt(my_sample_size))\n", "my_t\n", "" ] }, { "cell_type": "markdown", "metadata": {}, "source": [ "### Cut-off point and $\\alpha$\n", "With a normal distribition for example, we know that the most extreme 5% of observations are found above or below ±1.96 standard deviations above and below the mean. In our case, because our sample size is less than 130 (it is 50), our distribution is close to normal but not quite normal.\n", "\n", "In this case, it is possible to find out the relevant cut off point from [looking it up in statistical tables](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Student%27s_t-distribution#Table_of_selected_values) for a Student's t distribution. The corresponding t distribution has a different shape for different samples sizes. The parameter used to determine the shape of the t distribution is called *degrees of freedom* and is equal to $n-1$, in our case 50-1 = 49.\n", "\n", "The most extreme 5% of cases are found above or below approximately 2.01 standard deviations from the mean. Because there are both positive and negative extreme cases, the cutoff point we are looking for is $t_{\\frac{\\alpha}{2}=0.025} = -2.01$ for the 2.5% negative extremes and $t_{1-\\frac{\\alpha}{2}=0.975} = 2.01$ for the 2.5% positive cases. The cutoff point 2.01 corresponds to most extreme 5% of possible values of |t| (positive and negative).\n", "\n", "The good news is that **Python gives us automatically the value of the cutoff point** based on the value of the significance level $\\alpha$ chosen and the sample size, thanks to the `stats` library which offers useful functions related to many statistical distributions such as Student's t.\n" ] }, { "cell_type": "code", "execution_count": null, "metadata": {}, "outputs": [], "source": [ "# C15: Compute the cutoff point for alpha=0.05\n", "\n", "# Define alpha and sample size\n", "alpha = 0.05\n", "sample_size = 50\n", "\n", "# Get the cutoff point for alpha at 0.05 and sample size of 50\n", "cutoff05 = stats.t.ppf(1 - alpha / 2, sample_size-1)\n", "\n", "# Print the cutoff point\n", "print(\"\\ncutoff05 is the value of t for alpha = 1-({:.3f} / 2) => {:.3f}\\n\".format(alpha, cutoff05))\n", "\n", "# Plot the t distribution with cutoff points\n", "plot_t_distribution(df=49, alpha=alpha);" ] }, { "cell_type": "markdown", "metadata": {}, "source": [ "

\n",
" Activity

\n", " How would you get the value of the cutoff point for the significance level $\\alpha = 0.01$?

\n", " How many standard deviations away from the mean will you find the most extreme positive and negative cases ?

\n", " Type and test your code using the cell below.

\n", " What happens for other values of $\\alpha$, e.g. 10%, 20% ?\n", "

"
]
},
{
"cell_type": "code",
"execution_count": null,
"metadata": {},
"outputs": [],
"source": [
"# C16: Compute the cutoff point for alpha=0.01\n",
"\n",
"alpha = ...\n",
"cutoff01 = ...\n",
"\n",
"# Display cutoff\n",
"print(\"\\ncutoff01 is the value of t for 1 - alpha ({:.3f} / 2) => {:.3f}\\n\".format(alpha, cutoff01))\n",
"\n",
"# Plot the t distribution with cutoff points\n",
"plot_t_distribution(df=49, alpha=alpha);"
]
},
{
"cell_type": "markdown",
"metadata": {
"jupyter": {
"source_hidden": true
}
},
"source": [
"\n",
"\n", " How would you get the value of the cutoff point for the significance level $\\alpha = 0.01$?

\n", " How many standard deviations away from the mean will you find the most extreme positive and negative cases ?

\n", " Type and test your code using the cell below.

\n", " What happens for other values of $\\alpha$, e.g. 10%, 20% ?\n", "

You can check your answer by clicking on the \"...\" below.

\n", "\n",
" Solution

\n", " To get the value of the cutoff point for the significance level of $\\alpha = 0.01$, we can simply change the value of alpha by editing

\n", " Smaller values of $\\alpha$ result in larger cutoff values while the red area which corresponds to the most extreme cases becomes smaller.

\n", " For a large $\\alpha$, e.g.

\n", " See the solution code below.

\n", "

\n",
"\n",
"\n", " To get the value of the cutoff point for the significance level of $\\alpha = 0.01$, we can simply change the value of alpha by editing

`alpha = 0.01`

.\n", " Smaller values of $\\alpha$ result in larger cutoff values while the red area which corresponds to the most extreme cases becomes smaller.

\n", " For a large $\\alpha$, e.g.

`alpha=0.2`

, the cutoff point is smaller and the area in red is larger. \n", " See the solution code below.

\n", "

\n", "alpha = 0.01\n", "cutoff01 = stats.t.ppf(1 - alpha / 2, sample_size-1)\n", "\n", "# Display cutoff\n", "print(\"\\ncutoff01 is the value of t for 1 - alpha ({:.3f} / 2) => {:.3f}\\n\".format(alpha, cutoff01))\n", "\n", "plot_t_distribution(df=49, alpha=alpha)\n", "" ] }, { "cell_type": "markdown", "metadata": {}, "source": [ "## t-test\n", "\n", "We can now restate our question: **\"is our sample mean in the most extreme 5% of samples that would be drawn from a population with the same mean as Anderson’s population?\"** in terms of a t-test: **\"is our t value greater than 2.01 times the standard error of the mean?\"**. \n", "\n", "This is equivalent to compare the **t value**\n", "$\n", "\\begin{align}\n", "t = \\frac{m - \\mu}{SEM}\n", "\\end{align}\n", "$\n", "to the cutoff point 2.01 (or -2.01).\n", "\n", "One issue here is that **when $m$ is smaller than $\\mu$, the value of $t$ can be negative**. This is because, just like for the Normal distribution, Student's t-distribution is symmetrical and centred on zero, zero meaning there is no difference between the mean of the sample and the mean of the population. \n", "\n", "So when comparing $t$ to the cutoff point, either we take its absolute value $|t|$, which is what we do below, or if $t$ is negative we compare it to the negative value of the cutoff point (i.e. -2.01 for a significance level of 0.05).\n", "\n", "If $|t| > $ cutoff$_\\alpha$ we say:\n", "* the t-test is statistically significant at the level $\\alpha$\n", "* we can reject $H_0: m = \\mu$ and accept $H_a: m \\neq \\mu$\n", "* the mean from our sample is different from the population mean $\\mu$" ] }, { "cell_type": "code", "execution_count": null, "metadata": {}, "outputs": [], "source": [ "# C17: Compare t with cutoff05 point for Vuillerens\n", "\n", "if abs(vuillerens_t) > cutoff05: \n", " print(\"The difference IS statistically significant \"+\n", " \"because the t value |{:.3f}| > {:.3f}\".format(vuillerens_t, cutoff05))\n", "else: \n", " print(\"The difference is NOT statistically significant \"+\n", " \"because the t value |{:.3f}| < {:.3f}\".format(vuillerens_t, cutoff05))\n" ] }, { "cell_type": "markdown", "metadata": {}, "source": [ "We see in the results above that for our Vullierens sample $|t| > 2.01$, therefore the difference between the two means is greater than 2.01 times the standard error. In other words, **our sample mean IS in the most extremes 5%** of samples that would be drawn from a population with the same mean as Anderson's population. " ] }, { "cell_type": "markdown", "metadata": {}, "source": [ "## Visualization of *t*\n", "\n", "Using Python we can visualize what the t-test means graphically by plotting the t-distribution of all the possible sample means that would be drawn from a population with the same mean as Anderson's population and showing where `t` is in the distribution compared to the zone defined by our $\\alpha$ of 5%. \n", "\n", "### Rejection zones\n", "\n", "* If the *t* value falls outside of the rejection zone defined by $\\alpha$, then that means that the difference between our sample mean and the population mean is **not statistically significant**. \n", "* If it falls into the rejection zone, then the difference is **statistically significant** and the sample should not be considered as coming from the Anderson population under the significance level we have chosen.\n", "\n", "The cell below uses an external library to generate a graphical visualization of the result of the t-test for the 2 samples we have used so far." ] }, { "cell_type": "code", "execution_count": null, "metadata": {}, "outputs": [], "source": [ "# C18: Plot rejection zones for Vuillerens\n", "\n", "plot_t_distribution(df=49, alpha=0.05)\n", "\n", "# In green the t-value for the Vuillerens sample\n", "plt.axvline(x=vuillerens_t, color='green', linestyle='-.', linewidth=1, label=\"t value for Vuillerens\")\n", "\n", "# In blue your own sample\n", "plt.axvline(x=my_t, color='blue', linestyle='-.', linewidth=1, label=\"t value for My sample\")\n", "\n", "plt.legend();" ] }, { "cell_type": "markdown", "metadata": {}, "source": [ "### Testing for your own sample\n", "Let's now check for your own sample whether the the t value falls inside the rejection zone." ] }, { "cell_type": "code", "execution_count": null, "metadata": {}, "outputs": [], "source": [ "# C19: Compare t with cutoff05 point for your sample\n", "\n", "if abs(my_t) > cutoff05: \n", " print(\"The difference IS statistically significant because\" + \n", " \"the t value |{:.3f}| > {:.3f}\".format(my_t, cutoff05))\n", "else: \n", " print(\"The difference is NOT statistically significant because\" +\n", " \" the t value |{:.3f}| < {:.3f}\".format(my_t, cutoff05))\n" ] }, { "cell_type": "markdown", "metadata": {}, "source": [ "

\n",
" Activity

\n", " How would you compare $|t|$ from the Vuillerens sample to the cutoff point corresponding to a significance level of $\\alpha = 0.01$?

\n", " Type and test your code using the cell below.\n", "

"
]
},
{
"cell_type": "code",
"execution_count": null,
"metadata": {},
"outputs": [],
"source": [
"# C20: Compare t with cutoff01 point for the Vuillerens sample\n",
"if ... : \n",
" print(\"The difference IS statistically significant because\" + \n",
" \"the t value |{:.3f}| > {:.3f}\".format(vuillerens_t, cutoff01))\n",
"else: \n",
" print(\"The difference is NOT statistically significant because\" +\n",
" \" the t value |{:.3f}| < {:.3f}\".format(vuillerens_t, cutoff01))\n"
]
},
{
"cell_type": "markdown",
"metadata": {
"jupyter": {
"source_hidden": true
}
},
"source": [
"\n",
"\n", " How would you compare $|t|$ from the Vuillerens sample to the cutoff point corresponding to a significance level of $\\alpha = 0.01$?

\n", " Type and test your code using the cell below.\n", "

You can check your answer by clicking on the \"...\" below.

\n", "\n",
" Solution

\n", " To compare the absolute value of $t$ to the cutoff point corresponding to $\\alpha = 0.01$, we can simply replace

\n", " With the result you obtained, the comparison tells us that the Vuillerens sample mean is not the most extremes 1% of samples that would be drawn from a population with the same mean as Anderson's population. We already know that our sample mean IS in the most extremes 5%, but the result here shows that it is NOT in the most extremes 1%.\n", "

\n",
"\n",
"\n", " To compare the absolute value of $t$ to the cutoff point corresponding to $\\alpha = 0.01$, we can simply replace

`cutoff05`

in the code above by the variable `cutoff01`

we have defined earlier with the appropriate value for the cutoff point. See the solution code below.\n", " With the result you obtained, the comparison tells us that the Vuillerens sample mean is not the most extremes 1% of samples that would be drawn from a population with the same mean as Anderson's population. We already know that our sample mean IS in the most extremes 5%, but the result here shows that it is NOT in the most extremes 1%.\n", "

\n", "if abs(vuillerens_t) > cutoff01: \n", " print(\"The difference IS statistically significant because\" + \n", " \"the t value |{:.3f}| > {:.3f}\".format(vuillerens_t, cutoff01))\n", "else: \n", " print(\"The difference is NOT statistically significant because\" +\n", " \" the t value |{:.3f}| < {:.3f}\".format(vuillerens_t, cutoff01))\n", "" ] }, { "cell_type": "markdown", "metadata": {}, "source": [ "The statistical test we have just performed here, where we compare our sample mean to the mean of a population, is called a **one-sample t-test**: *one-sample* because we compare a sample to the mean of a population, and *t-test* because the distribution of all the possible sample means of the population follows a distribution called *Student's t-distribution*. " ] }, { "cell_type": "markdown", "metadata": {}, "source": [ "## Conclusion\n", "\n", "What can we conclude from there? What the one sample t-test tells us is that when we have evidence (a t value greater than a cutoff value) which would lead us to think that the sample doesn't come from an Anderson like population we **can reject our hypothesis $H_0$** and accept the **alternative hypothesis** $H_a$. The $H_a$ states that the sample does not come from an Anderson lilke population. \n", "\n", "$H_0: m = \\mu$\n", "\n", "$H_a: m \\neq \\mu$\n", "\n", "\n", "Now there are some limitations to keep in mind when using the one sample t-test, that we will explore in the section below.\n", "\n", "\n", "---" ] }, { "cell_type": "markdown", "metadata": {}, "source": [ "# Influence of the sample size\n", "\n", "Above, we have seen that $t = $\n", "$\n", "\\begin{align}\n", "\\frac{m - \\mu}{SEM}\n", "\\end{align}\n", "$ with the standard error of the mean $SEM = $\n", "$\n", "\\begin{align}\n", "\\frac{s}{\\sqrt{n}}\n", "\\end{align}\n", "$.\n", "\n", "Therefore we can rewrite the *t* statistics as:\n", "\n", "$\n", "\\begin{align}\n", "t = \\frac{m - \\mu}{\\frac{s}{\\sqrt{n}}}\n", "\\end{align}\n", "$\n", "\n", "This means that *t* is actually:\n", "\n", "$\n", "\\begin{align}\n", "t = \\frac{m - \\mu}{s}\\sqrt{n}\n", "\\end{align}\n", "$\n", "\n", "From there, we see that the **sample size $n$ influences the value of $t$**: all else being equal (i.e. sample mean, sample standard deviation and population mean), **a larger sample would result in a higher value of $t$** and therefore more chances to find a significant result for the t-test.\n", "\n", "The shape of the t distribution varies a bit depending on the sample size (for small sample sizes), hence the cutoff point also depends on the sample size. To simplify, we will use a cutoff value of 2.00 to illustrate the relationship of t and n. What sample size would make the value of $t$ reach 2.00, all else being equal (i.e. with identical sample mean, sample standard deviation and population mean)?

\n", "\n", "In other words, we are looking for the value of $n$ such as:\n", "$\n", "\\begin{align}\n", "\\frac{m - \\mu}{s}\\sqrt{n} = 2.00\n", "\\end{align}\n", "$.\n", "\n", "We can rewrite this expression to find $n$, which gives: \n", "$\n", "\\begin{align}\n", "n = \\left(\\frac{2.00 s}{m - \\mu}\\right)^2\n", "\\end{align}\n", "$ with $s$ the sample standard deviation, $m$ the sample mean and $\\mu$ the population mean.

\n", "

\n" ] }, { "cell_type": "markdown", "metadata": {}, "source": [ "For the Vuillerens sample, we can compute this number as shown below and find out the sample size that would have allowed us to find a statistically significant different petal length compared to the Anderson population mean. " ] }, { "cell_type": "code", "execution_count": null, "metadata": {}, "outputs": [], "source": [ "# C21: Compute n for cutoff 2.00 with Vuillerens\n", "\n", "# in Python the x**y notation allows to obtain x to the power of y (in french: x à la puissance y)\n", "n = ((2.0 * vuillerens_sample_std) / (vuillerens_sample_mean - mu)) ** 2 \n", "print(n)" ] }, { "cell_type": "markdown", "metadata": {}, "source": [ "So for instance, for our irises from the Vullierens Castle, **a sample of 42 flowers instead of 50** with exactly the same mean and standard deviation for the petal length would be considered as statistically different at a level of $\\alpha=0.05$ from the Anderson population. \n", "\n", "This is why when doing experiments, researchers generally try to get samples as large as possible - but of course this has a cost and is not always possible!\n", "\n", "---" ] }, { "cell_type": "markdown", "metadata": {}, "source": [ "

\n",
" Activity

\n", " For the irises from your own sample, which sample size would make the value of $t$ reach a t of 2.00, all else being equal (i.e. with identical sample mean, sample standard deviation and population mean)?

\n", "

"
]
},
{
"cell_type": "code",
"execution_count": null,
"metadata": {},
"outputs": [],
"source": [
"# C22: Compute n for cutoff 2.00 with your sample\n",
"\n",
"n = ...\n",
"print(n)"
]
},
{
"cell_type": "markdown",
"metadata": {
"jupyter": {
"source_hidden": true
}
},
"source": [
"\n",
"\n", " For the irises from your own sample, which sample size would make the value of $t$ reach a t of 2.00, all else being equal (i.e. with identical sample mean, sample standard deviation and population mean)?

\n", "

You can check your answer by clicking on the \"...\" below.

\n", "\n",
" Solution

\n", " To obtain the sample size needed for $t$ to reach the cutoff point corresponding to $\\alpha = 0.05$ with your own sample, we can simply replace

\n", "

\n",
"\n",
"\n", " To obtain the sample size needed for $t$ to reach the cutoff point corresponding to $\\alpha = 0.05$ with your own sample, we can simply replace

`vuillerens_sample_mean`

and `vuillerens_sample_std`

in the code above by the variables `my_sample_mean`

and `my_sample_std`

. See the solution code below.\n", "

\n", "n = ((2.0 * my_sample_std) / (my_sample_mean - mu)) ** 2 \n", "n\n", "" ] }, { "cell_type": "markdown", "metadata": {}, "source": [ "### Plotting t against sample size\n", "We now investigate the relationship between the sample size and the corresponding |t| values with a plot that varies the sample size on the x-axis and the corresponding |t| values on the y-axis. The cell below illustrates this for the Vuillerens sample.\n", "\n", "The function `plot_n_and_t` is increasing `n` from `from_n` to `to_n` in increments of `step_n`. " ] }, { "cell_type": "code", "execution_count": null, "metadata": {}, "outputs": [], "source": [ "# C23: Plot n and t for Vuillerens\n", "plot_n_and_t(vuillerens_sample_mean, vuillerens_sample_std, mu, from_n=10, to_n=60, step_n=5)" ] }, { "cell_type": "markdown", "metadata": {}, "source": [ "The plot above illustrates how the t-value changes as a function of the sample size. In the Vuillerens sample, we need **n=42** flowers in the sample to reach a t-value equal to the cutoff point for $\\alpha=0.05$: $t[49]=2.01$." ] }, { "cell_type": "markdown", "metadata": {}, "source": [ "

\n",
" Activity

\n", " What smallest possible sample size would be needed to reach a t value close to the cutoff value for $\\alpha=0.01$ which is |2.66| ?

\n", " Modify the sample size by modifying

\n", "

"
]
},
{
"cell_type": "markdown",
"metadata": {
"jupyter": {
"source_hidden": true
}
},
"source": [
"\n",
"\n", " What smallest possible sample size would be needed to reach a t value close to the cutoff value for $\\alpha=0.01$ which is |2.66| ?

\n", " Modify the sample size by modifying

`to_n`

in the cell above.\n",
" \n", "

You can check your answer by clicking on the \"...\" below.

\n", "\n",
" Solution

\n", " We see that we would need a sample size of**n=69** flowers to reach a t-value approximately equal to the cutoff point for $\\alpha=0.01$: $t \\approx 2.66$.

\n", "See the solution code below.

\n", "

\n",
"\n",
"\n", " We see that we would need a sample size of

\n", "See the solution code below.

\n", "

\n", "plot_n_and_t(vuillerens_sample_mean, vuillerens_sample_std, mu, from_n=10, to_n=80, step_n=5)\n", "\n", "\n", "\n" ] }, { "cell_type": "markdown", "metadata": {}, "source": [ "

\n",
" Activity

\n", " For your own sample, modify the values of the sample size (by changing

\n", "

"
]
},
{
"cell_type": "code",
"execution_count": null,
"metadata": {},
"outputs": [],
"source": [
"# C24: Plot n and t for your Sample\n",
"plot_n_and_t(my_sample_mean, my_sample_std, mu, from_n=10, to_n=30, step_n=5)"
]
},
{
"cell_type": "markdown",
"metadata": {},
"source": [
"# Using the *p-value*\n",
"\n",
"In scientific studies, researchers use frequently the t-test but they generally report not only the t-statistic but also **another result of the t-test which is called the p-value**. In the following, we explore what is the p-value, how it relates to the t-statistic and how it can be used."
]
},
{
"cell_type": "markdown",
"metadata": {},
"source": [
"## Testing our hypothesis using a predefined Python function\n",
"\n",
"So far we have made the computations by hand but Python comes with a number of libraries with interesting statistical tools. \n",
"In particular, the `stats` library includes a function for doing a **one-sample t-test** as we have done above. \n",
"\n",
"Let's now use it and then look at what information it gives us."
]
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"# C25: Compute the t-test for Vuillerens\n",
"t, p = stats.ttest_1samp(vuillerens_sample, mu)\n",
"\n",
"# Display the result\n",
"print(\"t = {:.3f}\".format(t))\n",
"print(\"p = {:.3f}\".format(p))\n",
"\n",
"print(\"\\nWe had computed by hand vuillerens_t = {:.3f}\".format(vuillerens_t))"
]
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"We see that the predefined Python function for doing the one-sample t-test gives us the same value for the $t$ statistic as the calculations we have made by hand for the Vuillerens sample: $t = 2.194$. \n",
"In addition, we see that it also returns another value, $p = 0.033$. \n",
"\n",
"Actually, the two values `t` and `p` returned by the function say the same thing but in two different ways:\n",
"* `t` tells us where our sample mean falls on the distribution of all the possible sample means for the Anderson population ;\n", " For your own sample, modify the values of the sample size (by changing

`to_n`

) to find the smallest possible sample size that would be needed to reach a cutoff value of |2.00| and |2.66|.\n",
" \n", "

\n", " `t` has to be compared to the cutoff value (2.01) to know if our sample mean is in the most extremes 5%.\n", "* `p` is **called the \"p-value\"** and is the **probability to get a more extreme sample mean** than the one we observe ;

\n", " `p` has to be compared to $\\alpha$ (0.05) to know if our sample mean is in the most extremes 5%.\n" ] }, { "cell_type": "markdown", "metadata": {}, "source": [ "

\n",
" Question

\n", " How does

\n", " And how does

\n", "

"
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"\n",
"\n", " How does

`t`

compare to the cutoff value (2.01)?\n", " And how does

`p`

compare to $\\alpha$ (0.05)?\n", "

You can check your answer by clicking on the \"...\" below.

\n", "\n",
" Solution

\n", " \n", "We see above that:\n", "* $t = 2.194$ therefore $|t| > 2.01$, which means that the difference between the two means is larger than 2.01 times the standard error \n", "* and $p = 0.033$ therefore $p < 0.05$, which means that the probability of getting more extreme sample mean than the one we observe is smaller than 5% so our sample mean can be considered as one of the 5% most extreme possible values. \n", "\n", "

"
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"cell_type": "markdown",
"metadata": {},
"source": [
"As expected from the calculations we have made by hand above, the test using the predefined Python function confirms that the difference between the mean petal length of the Vullierens sample and the mean petal length of Anderson's population is **statistically significant** at the $\\alpha=0.05$ level.\n",
"\n",
"As we have just seen, **you can use either `t` or `p` to interpret the result of the t-test.** In practice, most people use the p-value because it can be directly compared to $\\alpha$ without having to look for the cutoff value in tables. However, as we will see more in details below, **`t` and `p` do not provide exactly the same information about the result of the test**, and it is important to understand how they differ."
]
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"\n", " \n", "We see above that:\n", "* $t = 2.194$ therefore $|t| > 2.01$, which means that the difference between the two means is larger than 2.01 times the standard error \n", "* and $p = 0.033$ therefore $p < 0.05$, which means that the probability of getting more extreme sample mean than the one we observe is smaller than 5% so our sample mean can be considered as one of the 5% most extreme possible values. \n", "\n", "

\n",
" Activity

\n", " Run the t test for your own sample and interpret the results.

\n", " How large is |t| ?

\n", " What is the sign of t ?

\n", " How small is the p-value ?

\n", " Is the test significant ?\n", "

\n", "

"
]
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"# C26: Compute the t-test for your own sample (my_sample)\n",
"my_t, my_p = stats.ttest_1samp(my_sample, mu)\n",
"\n",
"# Display the result\n",
"print(\"t = {:.3f}\".format(my_t))\n",
"print(\"p = {:.3f}\".format(my_p))"
]
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"\n",
"\n", " Run the t test for your own sample and interpret the results.

\n", " How large is |t| ?

\n", " What is the sign of t ?

\n", " How small is the p-value ?

\n", " Is the test significant ?\n", "

\n", "

You can check your answer by clicking on the \"...\" below.

\n", "\n",
" Solution

\n", " \n", "The test is significant at the alpha=0.05 level: \n", "* If $|t| > 2.01$, it means that the difference between the two means is larger than 2.01 times the standard error \n", "* and if $p < 0.05$, it means that the probability of getting more extreme sample mean than the one we observe is smaller than 5% so our sample mean can be considered as one of the 5% most extreme possible values. \n", "

\n", "

\n", "\n", "The test is not significant: \n", "* If $|t| < 2.01$, it means that the difference between the two means is smaller than 2.01 times the standard error \n", "* and if $p > 0.05$, it means that the probability of getting more extreme sample mean than the one we observe is larger than 5% so our sample mean cannot be considered as one of the 5% most extreme possible values. \n", "\n", "In addition:\n", "* If $t$ is positive, it means the sample mean is larger than the population mean $\\mu$. \n", "* If $t$ is negative, the sample mean is smaller than the population mean $\\mu$.\n", "\n", "

\n",
"\n",
"\n", " \n", "The test is significant at the alpha=0.05 level: \n", "* If $|t| > 2.01$, it means that the difference between the two means is larger than 2.01 times the standard error \n", "* and if $p < 0.05$, it means that the probability of getting more extreme sample mean than the one we observe is smaller than 5% so our sample mean can be considered as one of the 5% most extreme possible values. \n", "

\n", "

\n", "\n", "The test is not significant: \n", "* If $|t| < 2.01$, it means that the difference between the two means is smaller than 2.01 times the standard error \n", "* and if $p > 0.05$, it means that the probability of getting more extreme sample mean than the one we observe is larger than 5% so our sample mean cannot be considered as one of the 5% most extreme possible values. \n", "\n", "In addition:\n", "* If $t$ is positive, it means the sample mean is larger than the population mean $\\mu$. \n", "* If $t$ is negative, the sample mean is smaller than the population mean $\\mu$.\n", "\n", "

\n", "# Compute the t-test for your own sample (my_sample).\n", "my_t, my_p = stats.ttest_1samp(my_sample, mu)\n", "\n", "# Display the result\n", "print(\"t = {:.3f}\".format(my_t))\n", "print(\"p = {:.3f}\".format(my_p))\n", "" ] }, { "cell_type": "markdown", "metadata": {}, "source": [ "## Visualization of the p-value\n", "\n", "Using Python we can visualize the t-test graphically by plotting the t-distribution of all the possible sample means that would be drawn from a population with the same mean as Anderson's population and showing where the `t values` from our samples are in the distribution compared to the zone defined by our $\\alpha$ of 5%.\n", "\n", "In addition to displaying the value of *t*, the visualization below also **shows the *p-value*** (represented by the hatched zones left and right), which is the **area under the curve of the t-distribution** representing the probability of getting a more extreme sample mean than the one we observe. When this area is larger than the rejection zone defined by the $\\alpha$ we have chosen, then that means the difference between the sample mean and the population mean is not statistically significant." ] }, { "cell_type": "code", "execution_count": null, "metadata": {}, "outputs": [], "source": [ "# C27: Visualize the result of the t-test for Vuillerens with alpha at 0.05\n", "plot_t_test(vuillerens_sample, mu, alpha=0.05)" ] }, { "cell_type": "markdown", "metadata": {}, "source": [ "We see that:\n", "* p < $\\alpha$ \n", "* the t value is larger than the cutoff value for $\\alpha=0.05$\n", "* the hatched zone is included in the red zone. \n", "* the test is statistically **signifiant**. " ] }, { "cell_type": "markdown", "metadata": {}, "source": [ "### Importance of the choice of $\\alpha$\n", "\n", "In the cell below we illustrate the **influence of the choice of $\\alpha$** by let looking at the rejection zones and the cutoff values for $\\alpha=0.01$." ] }, { "cell_type": "code", "execution_count": null, "metadata": {}, "outputs": [], "source": [ "# C28: Visualize the result of the t-test for Vuillerens with alpha at 0.01\n", "plot_t_test(vuillerens_sample, mu, alpha=0.01)" ] }, { "cell_type": "markdown", "metadata": {}, "source": [ "We see that:\n", "* p > $\\alpha$ \n", "* the t value is smaller than the cutoff value for $\\alpha=0.01$\n", "* the hatched zone is not included in the red zone. \n", "* the test is statistically **not signifiant**. \n", "\n", "It is striking to see that the same Vuillerens sample leads to a t-test which is sgnificant (at $\\alpha=0.05$) or not significant (at $\\alpha=0.01$) depending on the choice of $\\alpha$. Depending on \"how certain do we want to be that the sample mean is different from the population mean $\\mu$\", the conclusion of the test is different. " ] }, { "cell_type": "markdown", "metadata": {}, "source": [ "### Your own sample\n", "Let's now visualise the t-test for your own sample with $\\alpha=0.05$." ] }, { "cell_type": "code", "execution_count": null, "metadata": {}, "outputs": [], "source": [ "# C29: Visualize the result of the t-test for your sample with alpha at 0.05\n", "plot_t_test(my_sample, mu, alpha=0.05)" ] }, { "cell_type": "markdown", "metadata": {}, "source": [ "

\n",
" Activity

\n", " Is the test significant ?

\n", " How can you tell, how does p compare to $\\alpha$ ?

\n", " How does t compare to the cutoff t ?\n", "

\n", "

\n"
]
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"\n",
"\n", " Is the test significant ?

\n", " How can you tell, how does p compare to $\\alpha$ ?

\n", " How does t compare to the cutoff t ?\n", "

\n", "

You can check your answer by clicking on the \"...\" below.

\n", "\n",
" Solution

\n", " \n", "The t-test is statistically **not signifiant** if:\n", "* p > $\\alpha$ \n", "* the t value is smaller than the cutoff value for $\\alpha=0.05$\n", "* the hatched zone is not included in the red zone. \n", "\n", "The t-test is statistically **signifiant** if:\n", "* p < $\\alpha$ \n", "* the t value is larger than the cutoff value for $\\alpha=0.05$\n", "* the hatched zone is included in the red zone. \n", " \n", "

"
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"source": [
"### What the t value and p value tell us\n",
"Thanks to the visualizations above, we see that one important difference between the t-statistic and the p-value is that that $|t|$ and $p$ evolve in opposite directions: \n", " \n", "The t-test is statistically **not signifiant** if:\n", "* p > $\\alpha$ \n", "* the t value is smaller than the cutoff value for $\\alpha=0.05$\n", "* the hatched zone is not included in the red zone. \n", "\n", "The t-test is statistically **signifiant** if:\n", "* p < $\\alpha$ \n", "* the t value is larger than the cutoff value for $\\alpha=0.05$\n", "* the hatched zone is included in the red zone. \n", " \n", "

\n",
" \n",
"

\n",
"\n",
"\n",
"Imagine that the Vuillerens sample was picked in a field where the gardeners have used a new type of fertilizer that boosts the growth of the flowers. We now have good reasons to believe that the fertilizer will increase the flower size and hence we can make a one tailed null hypothesis that our sample mean will be smaller than the population mean $\\mu$. \n",
"\n",
"This may sound a bit contradictory, but even though we believe the flowers will be larger, we can only reject null hypotheses and hence we state the null hypothesis that the sample mean will be smaller or equal to $\\mu$. \n",
"\n",
"$H_0: m_{Vuillerens} \\leq \\mu$\n",
"\n",
"$H_a: m_{Vuillerens} > \\mu$\n",
"\n",
"The calculations for the test are very similar to the two-tailed situation. \n",
"\n",
"We compare the **t value**\n",
"$\n",
"\\begin{align}\n",
"t = \\frac{m - \\mu}{\\sigma_{\\overline{X}}}\n",
"\\end{align}\n",
"$\n",
"to the cutoff point $t_{\\alpha=0.05}$=1.67.\n",
"\n",
"If the t value is larger than the cutoff value, then we can conclude: \n",
"* that we can reject $H_0$ and accept $H_a$\n",
"* that our sample falls in the 5% most extreme **positive** cases of the t distribution\n",
"* that the sample mean is larger than $\\mu$\n",
"* and that the test is statistically significant at the level $\\alpha=0.05$ \n"
]
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"cell_type": "markdown",
"metadata": {},
"source": [
"### Doing the test\n",
"We proceed as with the two-tailed test, except that we do not need to take the absolute value of |t| before comparing to the cutoff point. We know that we expect a positive t value since we conduct an upper tailed test."
]
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"metadata": {},
"outputs": [],
"source": [
"# C32: Compare t with upper tailed cutoff05 point for Vuillerens\n",
"\n",
"if vuillerens_t > onesided_cutoff05: \n",
" print(\"The difference IS statistically significant because \" + \n",
" \"the t value {:.3f} > {:.3f}\".format(vuillerens_t, onesided_cutoff05))\n",
"else: \n",
" print(\"The difference is NOT statistically significant because \" +\n",
" \" the t value {:.3f} < {:.3f}\".format(vuillerens_t, onesided_cutoff05))"
]
},
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"cell_type": "code",
"execution_count": null,
"metadata": {},
"outputs": [],
"source": [
"# C33: Visualise upper tailed t-test for Vuillerens\n",
"plot_t_test(vuillerens_sample, mu, alpha=0.05, tail=\"upper\")"
]
},
{
"cell_type": "markdown",
"metadata": {},
"source": [
"We see from the plot above that the t-test is **significant**:\n",
"* the t value (2.194) is larger than the cutoff value (1.677).\n",
"* the p value (0.016) is smaller than the $\\alpha$ level (0.05).\n",
"* the hatched area that corresponds to the p-value is inside the rejection zone in red."
]
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"metadata": {},
"source": [
"## Lower tailed test\n",
"For a **lower tailed** test the rejection zone is situated **on the left** and corresponds to the proportion of $\\alpha$ most extreme **negative** cases as shown in the graph below.\n",
"\n",
"The corresponding hypothesis could be for example that the sample you have collected yourself was picked from a field that is in the shade and therefore could lead to smaller flowers. We state the null hypothesis $H_0$ that the sample mean is greater or equal to the population mean $\\mu$.\n",
"\n",
"$H_0: m_{YourSample} \\geq \\mu$\n",
"\n",
"$H_a: m_{YourSample} < \\mu$\n",
"\n",
"Since we do a lower tailed test, we actually are testing whether the t value for our sample falls **below** the cutoff on the left side of the distribution. We compare the t value to the the negative cutoff point $t_{\\alpha=0.05}$= -1.67.\n",
"\n",
"If the t value is smaller than the cutoff value, then we can conclude: \n",
"* that we can reject $H_0$\n",
"* that our sample falls in the 5% most extreme **positive** cases of the t distribution\n",
"* and that the difference is statistically significant at the level $\\alpha=0.05$ \n"
]
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"cell_type": "markdown",
"metadata": {},
"source": [
"\n",
" Activity

\n", " Implement the python code needed to test the null hypothesis for your own sample

\n", " Is the test significant ? How can you tell, how does p compare to $\\alpha$ ?

\n", " How does t compare to the cutoff t ?\n", "

\n", "

"
]
},
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"cell_type": "code",
"execution_count": null,
"metadata": {},
"outputs": [],
"source": [
"# C34: Compare t with lower tailed cutoff05 point for your sample\n",
"if ... : \n",
" print(\"The difference IS statistically significant because \" + \n",
" \"the t value {:.3f} < {:.3f}\".format(my_t, -onesided_cutoff05))\n",
"else: \n",
" print(\"The difference is NOT statistically significant because \" +\n",
" \" the t value {:.3f} > {:.3f}\".format(my_t, -onesided_cutoff05))"
]
},
{
"cell_type": "code",
"execution_count": null,
"metadata": {},
"outputs": [],
"source": [
"# C35: Visualise lower tailed t-test for your sample\n",
"plot_t_test(my_sample, mu, alpha=0.05, tail=\"lower\")"
]
},
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"\n",
"\n", " Implement the python code needed to test the null hypothesis for your own sample

`my_sample`

for which you had computed `my_t`

.\n", " Is the test significant ? How can you tell, how does p compare to $\\alpha$ ?

\n", " How does t compare to the cutoff t ?\n", "

\n", "

You can check your answer by clicking on the \"...\" below.

\n", "\n",
" Solution

\n", "The test is significant at the alpha=0.05 level: \n", "\n", "* If $t < -1.677$, it means that the difference between the two means is larger than 1.67 times the standard error \n", "* and if $p < 0.05$, it means that the probability of getting more a extreme negative sample mean than the one we observe is smaller than 5% so our sample mean can be considered as one of the 5% most extreme possible negative values. \n", "

\n", "

\n", "\n", "The test is not significant: \n", "* If $t > -1.677$, it means that the difference between the two means is smaller than 1.677 times the standard error \n", "* and if $p > 0.05$, it means that the probability of getting more extreme negative sample mean than the one we observe is larger than 5% so our sample mean cannot be considered as one of the 5% most extreme possible negative values. \n", "\n", "See the solution code below.\n", "

\n",
"\n",
"\n",
"\n", "The test is significant at the alpha=0.05 level: \n", "\n", "* If $t < -1.677$, it means that the difference between the two means is larger than 1.67 times the standard error \n", "* and if $p < 0.05$, it means that the probability of getting more a extreme negative sample mean than the one we observe is smaller than 5% so our sample mean can be considered as one of the 5% most extreme possible negative values. \n", "

\n", "

\n", "\n", "The test is not significant: \n", "* If $t > -1.677$, it means that the difference between the two means is smaller than 1.677 times the standard error \n", "* and if $p > 0.05$, it means that the probability of getting more extreme negative sample mean than the one we observe is larger than 5% so our sample mean cannot be considered as one of the 5% most extreme possible negative values. \n", "\n", "See the solution code below.\n", "

\n", "if my_t < -onesided_cutoff05: \n", " print(\"The difference IS statistically significant because \" + \n", " \"the t value {:.3f} < {:.3f}\".format(my_t, -onesided_cutoff05))\n", "else: \n", " print(\"The difference is NOT statistically significant because \" +\n", " \" the t value {:.3f} > {:.3f}\".format(my_t, -onesided_cutoff05))\n", " \n", "plot_t_test(my_sample, mu, alpha=0.05, tail=\"lower\")\n", "" ] }, { "cell_type": "markdown", "metadata": {}, "source": [ " \n", "\n", "---" ] }, { "cell_type": "markdown", "metadata": {}, "source": [ "# Summary\n", "\n", "In this notebook, you have seen how to compare a sample to a population using an approach called **hypothesis testing** and using a statistical test called a **one-sample t-test**.\n", "\n", "To summarize, to compare the mean of a sample to a reference value from a population, you have to proceed in four main steps:\n", "1. Look at descriptive statistics and visualizations of the sample you have to get an idea about how it compares to the population\n", "1. Formulate the hypothese you want to test: \n", " * For two-tailed tests the null hypothesis $H_0: m = \\mu$ and its alternate $H_a: m \\neq \\mu$\n", " * For upper-tailed tests the null hypothesis $H_0: m \\leq \\mu$ and its alternative $H_a: m > \\mu$\n", " * For lower-tailed tests the null hypothesis $H_0: m \\geq \\mu$ and its alternative $H_a: m < \\mu$\n", "1. Choose a significance level for being sure, usually $\\alpha = 0.05$ or $\\alpha = 0.01$, or even $\\alpha = 0.001$ \n", "1. Determine the cutoff value for your given $\\alpha$ level.\n", "1. Compute the result of the t-test and interpret the result\n", " * if the |t| value is *larger* than the cutoff value for the the given $\\alpha$ level, then $H_0$ should probably be rejected. \n", " * if the p-value is *below* the significance level you have chosen, $p \\lt \\alpha$, then it means $H_0$ should probably be rejected." ] }, { "cell_type": "markdown", "metadata": {}, "source": [ "# Congratulations !\n", "Well done, you have made it to the end. Now you can close the tab or the window this notebook is running in and go back to Moodle to answer a couple of questionnaires. It is very important for us that you finish all steps in the experiment. Your participation is very valuable to us. " ] }, { "cell_type": "markdown", "metadata": {}, "source": [ " \n", "\n", "---\n", "\n", "