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Chapter 5: Analysing the Data
Part II : Inferential Statistics


Steps in Hypothesis Testing:

Until you become quite familiar with the logic of hypothesis testing we recommend that you adopt the following 5 steps:

1. State statistical hypotheses

2. Check assumptions

3. Calculate test statistic

4. Evaluate the statistic

5. Interpret your results

Note where these steps fit into the overall research process. Good research does not begin by computing means and standard deviations nor does it end with a "p-value". You should never lose sight of what your research question is and how the statistics you are computing are helping to answer your research question.

The following discussion will consider issues associated with each step. Sometimes each step has a number of intermediate steps or decisions to work through.




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