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Rule #3: Write the conclusion in plain English so that the reader can understand
it even if that reader has never taken a statistics course.
Let’s practice these rules using the Chevy Impala Excel spreadsheet that you
created earlier in this chapter, but first we need to state the hypotheses for that car.
If General Motors wants to claim that the Chevy Impala gets 28 miles per gallon
on a billboard ad, the hypotheses would be:
H 0 :
m
28 mpg
H 1 :
m
28 mpg
You will remember that the reference value of 28 mpg was inside the 95%
confidence interval about the mean for your data, so we would accept H 0 for the
Chevy Impala that the car does get 28 mpg.
Objective : To state the result when you accept H 0
Result: Since the reference value of 28 mpg is inside the confidence interval,
we accept the null hypothesis, H 0
Let’s try our three rules now:
Objective : To write the conclusion when you accept H 0
Rule #1:
Since the reference value was inside the confidence interval, we cannot
use the word “significantly” in the conclusion. This is a basic rule we
are using in this chapter for every problem.
Rule #2:
The key terms in the conclusion would be:
– Chevy Impala
– reference value of 28 mpg
Rule #3:
The Chevy Impala did get 28 mpg.
The process of writing the conclusion when you accept H 0 is relatively
straightforward since you put into words what you said when you wrote the null hypothesis.
However, the process of stating the conclusion when you reject H 0 and accept H 1
is more difficult, so let’s practice writing that type of conclusion with three practice
case examples:
Objective : To write the result and conclusion when you reject H 0
CASE #1:
Suppose that an ad in The Wall Street Journal claimed that the Honda
Accord Sedan gets 34 miles per gallon. The hypotheses would be:
m
H 0 :
34 mpg
m
H 1 :
34 mpg
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