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  • IGNOU MAPC material 2015, M S Ahluwalia Psychology Learners

    MPC006/ASST/TMA/2014-15

    IGNOU Assignment

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    Statistics in Psychology

    Solved Assignment - MAPC

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    1000 words

    Section A

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    Explain in detail about Normal

    Probability Curve with suitable

    diagrams.

    Q1.

    4

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    Normal Probability Curve

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    A1

    A normal probability curve shows the theoretical shape of a normally distributed histogram. The shape of the normal probability curve is based on two parameters: mean (average) and standard deviation (sigma). It is based upon the law of probability discovered by French mathematician Abraham Demoiver (1667 1754). The normal curve offers a convenient and reasonably accurate description of a great number of variables. It also describes the distribution of many statistics from samples. For example, if you drew 100 random samples from a population of teenagers and computed the mean weight of each sample, you would find that the distribution of the 100 means approximates the normal curve. In such situations, the fit of the normal curve is often very good indeed. Normal curve in Psychology Sir Francis Galton (cousin of Darwin) began the first serious investigation of individual differences," an important area of study today in education and psychology. In his research on how people differ from one another on various mental and physical traits, Galton found the normal curve to be a reasonably good description in many instances. He became greatly impressed with its applicability to natural phenomena. He referred to the normal curve as the Law of Frequency of Error.

    Properties of the Normal Curve Normal curve is a theoretical invention, a mathematical model, an idealized conception of the form a distribution might take under certain circumstances. No empirical distributionone based on actual dataever conforms perfectly to the normal curve. However, empirical distributions often offer a reasonable approximation of the normal curve. In these instances, it is quite acceptable to say that the data are normally distributed."

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    Properties of the Normal Curve contd.

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    The equation of the normal curve describes a family of distributions. Normal curves may differ from one another with regard to their means and standard deviations. However, they are all members of the normal curve family because they share several properties, as discussed below: 1. Symmetrical about the mean: Normal curves are symmetrical about its mean, i.e., the left half of the

    distribution is a mirror image of the right half. The two halves have identical size, shape and slope. 2. Unimodal: They are unimodal, i.e., there is a single peak and the highest point occurs at x=.

    It follows from these first two properties that the mean, median, and mode all have the same value. 3. Bell-shaped: Normal curves have a bell-shaped form. Starting at the center of the curve and working outward,

    the height of the curve descends gradually at first, then faster, and finally more slowly. The maximum ordinate occurs at the center. And, the height of the curve declines symmetrically in both directions. This property alone illustrates why an empirical distribution can never be perfectly normal.

    4. Points of inflection: It has inflection points at the points - and + . At this point the curve changes its shape from convex to concave.

    5. The Empirical Rule: Approximately 68% of the area under the normal curve is between x= - and x= + . Approximately 95% of the area under the normal curve is between x= - 2 and x= + 2. Approximately 99.7% of the area under the normal curve is between x= - 3 and x= + 3.

    6. Total area =1: The area under the curve is 1. The area under the curve is considered to be 100 percent probability.

    7. Area of each side = : The area under the curve to the right of equals the area under the curve to the left of which equals . Therefore, the curve can also be said to be bilateral.

    8. Asymptotic: As x increases without bound (gets larger and larger), the graph approaches, but never reaches, the horizontal axis. As x decreases without bound (gets larger and larger in the negative direction), the graph approaches, but never reaches, the horizontal axis. Thus, it can be said that the curve is asymptotic.

    9. Equation: Equation of the normal curve reads:

    2

    2

    2

    x

    e2

    Ny

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    Application of normal curve using z-scores

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    The relationship between the normal curve area and standard deviation units can be put to good use for answering certain questions that are fundamental to statistical reasoning. For example, the following type of question occurs frequently in statistical work: Given a normal distribution with a mean of 100 and a standard deviation of 15, what proportion of cases fall above the score 115. A standard score expresses a scores position in relation to the mean of the distribution, using the standard deviation as the unit of measurement. z score is one type of standard score, it states how many standard deviation units the original score lies above or below the mean of its distribution. A z score is simply the deviation score divided by the standard deviation, as the following formula illustrates: Normal curve tables can be used for calculations. Following are some types of problems that can be solved: 1. Finding area of curve when score is known helps identify probability of occurrence of a certain score 2. Finding scores when the area is known helps to identify which score is expected to occur 3. Comparing scores from different distributions By converting all scores to z scores, we can get the standard normal distribution. These distributions have a mean of 0 and standard deviation of 1 regardless of the distributions original mean and standard deviation. These standard normal distributions can be used to compare different distributions.

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    Summary and Sources

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    The normal curve offers a convenient and reasonably accurate description of a great number of variables. It also describes the distribution of many statistics from samples, and therefore, is very useful in social sciences such as psychology. The major properties of the normal curve are that it is symmetrical about the mean, unimodal, bell-shaped, points of inflection, the empirical rule, total area is 1 and area of each side is half, asymptotic, and it has a standard equation. Sources: http://www.dmaictools.com/dmaic-measure/normal-probability-curve Statistics in Psychology and Education, Henry E. Garrett Fundamentals of Statistical reasoning in Education, Theodore Coladarci, Casey D. Cobb, Edward W. Minium and Robert C. Clarke (Click for eBook)

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    Numerical - ANOVA

    Q2.

    9

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    Solution

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    A study was conducted in which the teachers were asked to rate students for a particular trait on a ten point scale. With the help of data given below find out whether significant difference exists in the rating of the students by the teachers.

    Step 1: For the given problem, Null Hypothesis, Ho is that no significant difference exists in the rating of the students by the teachers. Numerically,

    Ho x = y = z

    Number of groups = k = 3 Number of cases in each group = n = 7 Number of units in total = N = 21 Alternative Hypothesis, H1 is that there is significant difference in the rating of the students by the teachers. Since, level of significance is not given we will assume it is = 0.05, and also test at = 0.01.

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    Solution contd.

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    Step 2: Sample already given as per table above, sampling not required. Step 3: Calculation of necessary statistical measures: Meanx = 33/7 = 4.71 MeanY = 35/7 = 5 Meanz = 28/7 = 4 (i) Correction term,

    S. No. Group X Group Y Group Z

    X X2 Y Y2 Z Z2

    1 7 49 5 25 6 36

    2 3 9 5 25 3 9

    3 7 49 9 81 7 49

    4 1 1 4 16 1 1

    5 5 25 3 9 3 9

    6 5 25 5 25 5 25

    7 5 25 4 16 3 9

    Total 33 183 35 197 28 138

    86.43821

    9216

    21

    )283533()( 22

    N

    xC

    i

    x

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    Solution contd.

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    (ii) Total sum of squares and Degrees of freedom: = 183 + 197 + 138 438.86 = 79.14 Degrees of freedom = N - 1 = 21 1 = 20

    xxitotal CZYXCxSS )()(2222

    (iii) Between group sum of squares, Degrees of freedom and Variance estimate: = 442.57 438.36 = 3.71 Degrees of freedom = k - 1 = 3 1 = 2 Mean square (variance estimate) =

    xx

    i

    between CN

    ZYXC

    N

    xSS

    2222 )()()()(

    855.12

    71.32

    between

    between

    df

    SSs

    between

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    Solution contd.

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    (iv) Within group sum of squares and Degrees of freedom and Variance estimate: Degrees of freedom = N - k = 21 3 = 18 Mean square (variance estimate) =

    43.7571.314.79betweentotalwithin SSSSSS

    (v) F ratio Summary of Anova

    44.019.4

    855.12

    2

    within

    between

    s

    sF

    19.418

    43.752

    within

    within

    df

    SSs

    within

    Source of variance df SS S2 F ratio

    Between groups 2 3.71 1.855 0.44

    Within groups 18 75.43 4.19

    Total 20 79.14

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    Solution contd.

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    Step 4: Identify the region of rejection With df (between) = 2, and df (within) = 18, the critical value of F as per the F tables is 3.55 at = 0.05 and 6.01 at = 0.01. These are the values of F beyond which the most extreme 5% and 1% of sample outcomes respectively fall if Ho is true. Step 5: Making the statistical decision and forming conclusions Because the F ratio we calculated (0.44) is lower than the critical values of F at both = 0.05 and = 0.01, therefore, the obtained F ratio is found to be not significant at both = 0.05 and = 0.01. Therefore, we accept the null hypothesis, Ho, i.e.,

    x = y = z

    No significant difference exists in the rating of the students by the teachers.

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    Numerical Mann Whitney U Test

    Q3.

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    Solution

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    3. Test the hypothesis of no difference between the groups by using Mann- Whitney U test with the help of the following data:

    Scores obtained by educated women on attitude towards health

    59, 60, 61, 64, 63, 51, 52, 55, 53, 57, 56, 54, 52, 64, 56, 54, 58, 56, 62, 60, 57

    Scores obtained by uneducated women on attitude towards heath

    53, 63, 63, 58, 60, 62, 66, 65, 64, 68

    Solution: For the given problem, Null Hypothesis, H0, is that the two groups of women (educated and uneducated) do not differ systematically from each other, in their attitude towards health (as they were randomly selected from the same population). Alternative Hypothesis, H1 the two groups of women (educated and uneducated) differ systematically from each other, in their attitude towards health. Step 1: Rank the data taking both groups together (see table on following page) Step 2: Find sum of ranks for smaller sample (see table) 5.223uR

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    Solution contd.

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    Step 3: Find sum of ranks for larger sample (see table) Step 4: Calculate U for both groups:

    5.272eR

    Educated women

    Score Rank Score Rank

    59 16 54 6.5...