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3.3.1 Different Ways to Accept the Null Hypothesis
The following quotes are typical of the language used in statistics and research
books when the null hypothesis is accepted :
“The null hypothesis is not rejected.” (Black 2010, p. 310)
“The null hypothesis cannot be rejected.” (McDaniel and Gates 2010, p. 545)
“The null hypothesis
claims that there is no difference between groups.” (Salkind 2010,
...
p. 193)
“The difference is not statistically significant.” (McDaniel and Gates 2010, p. 545)
the obtained value is not extreme enough for us to say that the difference between
Groups 1 and 2 occurred by anything other than chance.” (Salkind 2010, p. 225)
“If we do not reject the null hypothesis, we conclude that there is not enough statistical
evidence to infer that the alternative (hypothesis) is true.” (Keller 2009, p. 358)
“The research hypothesis is not supported.” (Zikmund and Babin 2010, p. 552)
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3.3.2 Different Ways to Reject the Null Hypothesis
The following quotes are typical of the quotes used in statistics and research books
when the null hypothesis is rejected :
“The null hypothesis is rejected.” (McDaniel and Gates 2010, p. 546)
“If we reject the null hypothesis, we conclude that there is enough statistical evidence to
infer that the alternative hypothesis is true.” (Keller 2009, p. 358)
“If the test statistic’s value is inconsistent with the null hypothesis, we reject the null
hypothesis and infer that the alternative hypothesis is true.” (Keller 2009, p. 348)
“Because the observed value ... is greater than the critical value ... , the decision is to reject
the null hypothesis.” (Black 2010, p. 359)
“If the obtained value is more extreme than the critical value, the null hypothesis cannot be
accepted.” (Salkind 2010, p. 243)
“The critical t-value ... must be surpassed by the observed t-value if the hypothesis test is
to be statistically significant ... .” (Zikmund and Babin 2010, p. 567)
“The calculated test statistic ... exceeds the upper boundary and falls into this rejection
region. The null hypothesis is rejected.” (Weiers 2011, p. 330)
You should note that all of the above quotes are used by statisticians and
professors when discussing the results of an hypothesis test, and so you should
not be surprised if someone asks you to summarize the results of a statistical test
using a different language than the one we are using in this topic.
3.4 End-of-Chapter Practice Problems
1. Suppose that you were hired to conduct a research study determining milk yield
in bovines on a dairy farm in the state of Wisconsin. Last year, the average
annual milk yield per cow on this farm was 6,800 pounds (lbs.) in two-year-old
registered Jersey cows. You have been asked to take a random sample of cows
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