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Choosing and Using Statistics: A Biologist’s Guide, 3rd Edition. By Calvin Dytham. Published 2011 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd. indd 23 9/16/2010 11:30:55 PM 24 Chapter 4 Null hypothesis Accepted Null hypothesis Rejected True Correct Type I error False Type II error Correct In a type I error the null hypothesis is really true (male and female shrimps are not different sizes) but the statistical test has led you to believe that it is false (there is a difference in size). This type of error is potentially very dangerous and could be seen as a ‘false positive’.

For example, number of live-born offspring in a litter of mice can only ever be an integer as there is no possibility of recording a fraction of an offspring. Discrete variables are often produced by questionnaires. Respondents are offered choices such as: 1, strongly disagree; 2, slightly disagree; 3, neutral; 4, slightly agree; 5, strongly agree. There is clearly a continuous variable (‘agreement’) here and division of responses into categories in this way is rather arbitrary. It would be very easy to devise different ways of dividing the responses to obtain more or fewer possibilities.

In most cases it is totally impractical to measure every individual in the group or groups we are interested in. What we are forced to do instead is to take measurements from a subset of the group. We call these subsets of the whole group samples. We can ask and answer questions about the groups by formulating hypotheses. ’. If we had access to data from all individuals in a group we could answer this type of question very easily. However, we only have the sample and from the sample we have to extrapolate to the whole group.

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