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Procedure Of Hypothesis Testing

   Posted On :  20.05.2018 10:21 pm

Testing a hypothesis refers to verifying whether the hypothesis is valid or not.

Procedure Of Hypothesis Testing:
Testing a hypothesis refers to verifying whether the hypothesis is valid or not. Hypothesis testing attempts to check whether to accept or not to accept the null hypothesis. The procedure of hypothesis testing includes all the steps that a researcher undertakes for making a choice between the two alternative actions of rejecting or accepting a null hypothesis. The various steps involved in hypothesis testing are as follows:

Making a Formal Statement:

This step involves making a formal statement of the null hypothesis (H0) and the alternative hypothesis (Ha). This implies that the hypotheses should be clearly stated within the purview of the research problem. For example, suppose a school teacher wants to test the understanding capacity of the students which must be rated more than 90 per cent in terms of marks, the hypotheses may be stated as follows:

Selecting A Significance Level:

The hypotheses should be tested on a pre-determined level of significance, which should be specified. Usually, either 5% level or 1% level is considered for the purpose. The factors that determine the levels of significance are: (a) the magnitude of difference between the sample means; (b) the sample size: (c) the variability of measurements within samples; and (d) whether the hypothesis is directional or non-directional (Kothari, 1988). In sum, the level of significance should be sufficient in the context of the nature and purpose of enquiry.

The Distribution To Use

After making decision on the level of significance for hypothesis testing, the researcher has to next determine the appropriate sampling distribution. The choice to be made generally relates to normal distribution and the t-distribution. The rules governing the selection of the correct distribution are similar to the ones already discussed with respect to estimation.

Selection Of A Random Sample And Computing An Appropriate Value:

Another step involved in hypothesis testing is the selection of a random sample and then computing a suitable value from the sample data relating to test statistic by using the appropriate distribution. In other words, it involves drawing a sample for furnishing empirical data.

Calculation Of The Probability:

The next step for the researcher is to calculate the probability that the sample result would diverge as far as it can from expectations, under the situation when the null hypothesis is actually true.

Comparing The Probability:

Another step involved consists of making a comparison of the probability calculated with the specified value of α, i.e. The significance level. If the calculated probability works out to be equal to or smaller than the α value in case of one-tailed test, then the null hypothesis is to be rejected. On the other hand, if the calculated probability is greater, then the null hypothesis is to be accepted. In case the null hypothesis H0 is rejected, the researcher runs the risk of committing the Type I error. But, if the null hypothesis H0 is accepted, then it involves some risk (which cannot be specified in size as long as H0 is vague and not specific) of committing the Type II error.


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