Statistician, Kauvery Hospitals, India

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(1).Mean, Arithmetic Mean (x̄ or M)

The sum of the scores in a distribution divided by the number of scores in the distribution. It is the most commonly used measure of central tendency. It is often reported with its companion statistic, the standard deviation, which shows how far things vary from the average.

(2).Median (Mdn)

The midpoint or number in a distribution having 50% of the scores above it and 50% of the scores below it. If there are an odd number of scores, the median is the middle score.

(3).Mode (Mo)

The number that occurs most frequently in a distribution of scores or numbers. In some fields, notably education, sample data are often called scores, and the sample mode is known as the modal score.

(1).Range (Ra)

The difference between the highest and lowest scores in a distribution; a measure of variability.

(2).Standard deviation (SD)

The most stable measure of variability, it takes into account each and every score in a normal distribution. This descriptive statistic assesses how far individual scores vary in standard unit lengths from its midpoint of 0. For all normal distributions, 95% of the area is within 1.96 standard deviations of the mean.

(3).Variance (SD2)

A measure of the dispersion of a set of data points around their mean value. It is a mathematical expectation of the average squared deviations from the mean.

Tests concerned with using selected sample data compared with population data in a variety of ways are called inferential statistical tests. There are two main bodies of these tests. The first and most frequently used are called parametric statistical tests. The second are called nonparametric tests. For each parametric test, there may be a comparable nonparametric test, sometimes even two or three.

(1).Parametric tests

Parametric tests are tests of significance appropriate when the data represent an interval or ratio scale of measurement and other specific assumptions have been met, specifically, that the sample statistics relate to the population parameters, that the variance of the sample relates to the variance of the population, that the population has normality, and that the data are statistically independent.

(2).Nonparametric tests

Nonparametric tests are statistical tests used when the data represent a nominal or ordinal level scale or when assumptions required for parametric tests cannot be met, specifically, small sample sizes, biased samples, an inability to determine the relationship between sample and population, and unequal variances between the sample and population. These are a class of tests that do not hold the assumptions of normality.

In the list of statistical terms below, when the test is a parametric test, the designation of will be used at the end of the definition. Conversely, when the test is a nonparametric test, the designation of will be used at the end of the definition.

(1).Alpha coefficient (α): See Cronbach’s alpha coefficient.

Analysis of covariance (ANCOVA)

A statistical technique for equating groups on one or more variables when testing for statistical significance using the F-test statistic. It adjusts scores on a dependent variable for initial differences on other variables, such as pre-test performance or IQ.

(3).Analysis of variance (ANOVA)

A statistical technique for determining the statistical significance of differences among means; it can be used with two or more groups and uses the F-test statistic.

(4).Binomial test

An exact test of the statistical significances of derivations from a theoretically expected distribution of observations into two categories

(5).Chi-square (χ²)

A nonparametric test of statistical significance appropriate when the data are in the form of frequency counts; it compares frequencies actually observed in a study with expected frequencies to see if they are significantly different.

(6).Cochran’s Q

Used to evaluate the relation between two variables that are measured on a nominal scale. One of the variables may even be dichotomous or consisting of only two possible values.

(7).Coefficient of determination (r²)

The square of the correlation coefficient (r), it indicates the degree of relationship strength by potentially explained variance between two variables.

(8).Cohen’s (d)

A standardized way of measuring the effect size or difference by comparing two means by a simple math formula. It can be used to accompany the reporting of a t-test or ANOVA result and is often used in meta-analysis.

(9).Cohen’s kappa (K)

A statistical measure of interrater agreement for qualitative (categorical) items. Scores range from –1.0 to 1.0.

(10).Confidence interval (CI)

Quantifies the uncertainty in measurement. It is usually reported as a 95% CI, which is the range of values within which it can be 95% certain that the true value for the whole population lies.

(11).Correlation coefficient (r)

A decimal number between 0.00 and ±1.00 that indicates the degree to which two quantitative variables are related. The most common one used is the Pearson Product Moment correlation coefficient or just the Pearson coefficient.

(12).Cumulative frequency distribution

A graphic depiction of how many times groups of scores appear in a sample.

(13).Dependent t-test

A data analysis procedure that assesses whether the means of two related groups are statistically different from each other, for example, one group’s mean score (time one) compared with the same group’s mean score (time two). It is also called the paired samples t-test.

(14).Effect size (Ɵ)

Any measure of the strength of a relationship between two variables. Effect size statistics are used to assess comparisons between correlations, percentages, mean differences, probabilities, and so on.

(15).Eta (ɳ)

An index that indicates the degree of a curvilinear relationship.

(16).F-test (F)

A parametric statistical test of the equality of the means of two or more samples. It compares the means and variances between and within groups over time. It is also called analysis of variance (ANOVA).

(17).Factor analysis

A statistical method for reducing a set of variables to a smaller number of factors or basic components in a scale or instrument being analyzed. Two main forms are exploratory (EFA) and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA).

(18).Fisher’s exact test

A nonparametric statistical significance test used in the analysis of contingency tables where sample sizes are small. The test is useful for categorical data that result from classifying objects in two different ways; it is used to examine the significance of the association (contingency) between two kinds of classifications.

(19).Friedman two-way analysis of variance

A nonparametric inferential statistic used to compare two or more groups by ranks that are not independent.

(20).G2

This is a more conservative goodness-of-fit statistic than the χ² and is used when comparing hierarchical models in a categorical contingency (two-by-two) table.

(21).Independent t-test

A statistical procedure for comparing measurements of mean scores in two different groups or samples. It is also called the independent samples t-test

(22).Kolmogorav-Smirnov (K-S) test

A nonparametric goodness of- fit test used to decide if a sample comes from a population with a specific distribution. The test is based on the empirical distribution function (ECDF).

(23).Kruskal-Wallis one-way analysis of variance

A nonparametric inferential statistic used to compare two or more independent groups for statistical significance of differences.

(24).Mann-Whitney U-test (U)

A nonparametric inferential statistic used to determine whether two uncorrelated groups differ significantly.

(25).Median test

A nonparametric test that tests the null hypothesis that the medians of the populations from which two samples are drawn are identical.

(26).Multiple correlation (R)

A numerical index describing the relationship between predicted and actual scores using multiple regression. The correlation between a criterion and the best combination of predictors

(27).Multivariate analysis of covariance (MANCOVA)

An extension of ANOVA that incorporates two or more dependent variables in the same analysis. It is an extension of MANOVA where artificial dependent variables (DVs) are initially adjusted for differences in one or more covariates. It computes the multivariate F statistic.

(28).Multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA)

It is an ANOVA with several dependent variables.

(29).One-way analysis of variance (ANOVA)

An extension of the independent group t-test where you have more than two groups. It computes the difference in means both between and within groups and compares variability between groups and variables. Its parametric test statistic is the F-test.

(30).Pearson correlation coefficient (r)

This is a measure of the correlation or linear relationship between two variables x and y, giving a value between +1 and −1 inclusive. It is widely used in the sciences as a measure of the strength of linear dependence between two variables.

(31).Pooled point estimate

An approximation of a point, usually a mean or variance, that combines information from two or more independent samples believed to have the same characteristics. It is used to assess the effects of treatment samples versus comparative samples.

(32).Post hoc test

A post hoc test (or post hoc comparison test) is used at the second stage of the analysis of variance (ANOVA) or multiple analyses of variance (MANOVA) if the null hypothesis is rejected.

(33).Runs test

Where measurements are made according to some well-defined ordering, in either time or space. A frequent question is whether or not the average value of the measurement is different at different points in the sequence. This nonparametric test provides a means for this.

(34).Siegel-Tukey test

A nonparametric test named after Sidney Siegel and John Tukey, which tests for differences in scale between two groups. Data measured must at least be ordinal.

(35).Sign test

A test that can be used whenever an experiment is conducted to compare a treatment with a control on a number of matched pairs, provided the two treatments are assigned to the members of each pair at random.

(36).Spearman’s rank order correlation (ρ)

A nonparametric test used to measure the relationship between two rank ordered scales. Data are in ordinal form.

(37).Standard error of the mean (SEM)

An estimate of the amount by which an obtained mean may be expected to differ by chance from the true mean. It is an indication of how well the mean of a sample estimates the mean of a population.

(38).Statistical power

The capability of a test to detect a significant effect or how often a correct interpretation can be reached about the effect if it were possible to repeat the test many times.

(39).Student t-test (t)

Any statistical hypothesis test in which the test statistic follows a Student’s t distribution if the null hypothesis is true, for example, a t test for paired or independent samples.

(40).t-distribution

A statistical distribution describing the means of samples taken from a population with an unknown variance.

(41).T-score

A standard score derived from a z-score by multiplying the z-score by 10 and adding 50. It is useful in comparing various test scores to each other as it is a standard metric that reflects the cumulative frequency distribution of the raw scores.

(42).t-test for correlated means

A parametric test of statistical significance used to determine whether there is a statistically significant difference between the means of two matched, or non-independent, samples. It is also used for pre–post comparisons.

(43).t-test for correlated proportions

A parametric test of statistical significance used to determine whether there is a statistically significant difference between two proportions based on the same sample or otherwise non-independent groups.

(44).t-test for independent means

A parametric test of significance used to determine whether there is a statistically significant difference between the means of two independent samples.

(45).t-test for independent proportions

A parametric test of statistical significance used to determine whether there is a statistically significant difference between two independent proportions.

(46).Tukey’s test of significance

A single-step multiple comparison procedure and statistical test generally used in conjunction with an ANOVA to find which means are significantly different from one another. Named after John Tukey, it compares all possible pairs of means and is based on a studentized range distribution q (this distribution is similar to the distribution of t from the t-test).

(47).Wilcoxon sign rank test (W+)

A nonparametric statistical hypothesis test for the case of two related samples or repeated measurements on a single sample. It can be used as an alternative to the paired Student’s t-test when the population cannot be assumed to be normally distributed.

(48).Z-score

A score expressed in units of standard deviations from the mean. It is also known as a standard score.

(49).Z-test

A test of any of a number of hypotheses in inferential statistics that has validity if sample sizes are sufficiently large and the underlying data are normally distributed.

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