Tests of Significance I

  • Allan J. Rossman
  • Beth L. Chance
Part of the The Workshop Mathematics Project book series (TIMS)


The last two topics have introduced you to statistical inference, where the goal is to make a statement about a population parameter based on a sample statistic. The confidence intervals that you have studied allow you to estimate a population parameter at a certain confidence level with an interval of values.

In this topic you will discover the other major type of statistical inference: tests of significance. This procedure assesses the degree to which sample data support a particular conjecture about the value of the population parameter of interest. By exploring the concept of statistical significance in an earlier topic, you have already studied the reasoning procedure behind these tests. This topic will introduce you to the formal structure of tests of significance.


Alternative Hypothesis Principle Activity Population Parameter Simple Random Sample Sample Result 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Allan J. Rossman
    • 1
  • Beth L. Chance
    • 2
  1. 1.Dickinson CollegeUSA
  2. 2.University of the PacificUSA

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