# Hypothesis Testing Problems – Question 5 ( A clinic provides a program to…

How to Perform Paired-Sample t-Test

Question
A clinic provides a program to help their clients lose weight and asks a consumer agency to investigate the effectiveness of the program. The agency takes a sample of 15 people, weighing each person in the sample before the program begins and 3 months later.
The results a tabulated below

Determine is the program is effective.

Solution Steps
As usual, you need to try to understand the question clearly. And note the following:
there are wo samples
we want to compare before… and after…

Step 1: Set up the null hypothesis and the alternate hypothesis
From the question, we can say that the initial assumption is that the program is effective. Which means that the average weight after the program would be significantly different from before the program. This forms out alternate hypothesis. The null hypothesis states that there is no difference in weight before and after the program

H0: μ0 = μ1
Ha: μ0 <= μ1

Step 2: Expand the given table to calculate the difference and square differences
This can be done using excel. Also, if the difference is not given, you can calculate it in excel.

In this case, the the table have been extended to accomodate:
the difference between the two samples
the difference between from the mean
the square of  the difference from the mean.

Watch a the video that shows how this calculation is done in excel

Step 3: Calculate the standard deviation
You could calculate the standard deviation using the formular

If you put in the correct values as gotten from the table above, you will have

Sd = 6.329

Step 4: Calculate the t, tested statistic
You can calculate the tested statistic t using the formula. The two formulas are the same

If you use the values given, you will arive at

t = 6.6895

Step 5: Look up value of t from the statistical tables
Look up value of t using degree of freedom of 14(that is n-1) and 0.05 significance. Compare it with the calculated value of t. From the table of t-test we have

t = 2.1448

Step 6: Draw conclusion
When you compare the calculated value of t with the tabulated critical value
tcal > 2.14448.
In this case, this means that there is significant difference in the weight after the program. Therfore we reject the null hypothesis