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The New Statistics with RAn Introduction for Biologists$
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Andy Hector

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198729051

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198729051.001.0001

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Comparing Groups: Student’s t-test

Comparing Groups: Student’s t-test

(p.35) 3 Comparing Groups: Student’s t-test
The New Statistics with R

Andy Hector

Oxford University Press

This chapter re-analyses Darwin’s maize data that were introduced in Chapter 2. Here t-tests and confidence intervals are used and compared with the ANOVA approach. Confidence intervals are introduced as a way to quantify confidence in estimates. Least significant differences are used to visually demonstrate when two means are significantly different from each other. The key assumptions underlying both the t-test and ANOVA analyses are assessed using R’s default residual-checking plots.

Keywords:   Student’s t-test, confidence intervals, least significant differences, residuals, assumptions, ANOVA

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