Date: Thu, 9 Aug 2001 12:42:42 +0000
Reply-To: Shail Dobson <dobson_shail@HOTMAIL.COM>
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From: Shail Dobson <dobson_shail@HOTMAIL.COM>
Subject: Re: Why t-test?
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Yes, we could always use the t-test for comparing means, irrespective of
>From: David Brown <david_brown123@YAHOO.CA>
>Reply-To: David Brown <david_brown123@YAHOO.CA>
>Subject: Why t-test?
>Date: Thu, 9 Aug 2001 08:22:50 -0400
>The t-test is used to test the null hypothesis of no
>difference between the means of two independent
>samples. The t-test is suitable for small sample
>sizes; therefore, the t-distribution is used as the
>sampling distribution instead of the normal
>distribution. When the degrees of freedom reach 100+,
>the t-distribution approaches the normal distribution;
>thus, the t-test would act like a z-test. For a sample
>size of 30+, the z-test is used.
>My question is why wouldn’t we always use a t-test?
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