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Paired t Test and Wilcoxon Test

Things never happen the same way twice.

—C. S. Lewis

Learning Objectives

Upon completing this chapter, you will be able to do the following:

  • Determine when it is appropriate to run a paired t test.
  • Verify that the data meet the criteria for paired t test processing: normality of differences.
  • Order a paired t test.
  • Interpret test results.
  • Resolve the hypotheses.
  • Write an appropriate abstract.
  • Calculate and document the Δ% formula.
  • Know when and how to run and interpret the Wilcoxon test.

When to Use This Statistic

Guidelines for Selecting the Paired t Test and Wilcoxon Tests

Overview: This statistic detects if a measurement changes from one time point to another time point.

Variables: This statistic requires two continuous variables for each record: (1) the score at an initial time point and ...

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