Independent Sample T Test Spss Tutorial

Ki kesulitan Statement

In our sample dataset, students reported their typical time to run a mile, and whether or not they were an athlete. Suppose we want to know if the average time to run a mile is different for athletes versus non-athletes. This involves tentamen whether the sample means for mile time among athletes and non-athletes in your sample are statistically different (and by extension, inferring whether the means for mile times in the population are significantly different between these two groups). You can use an Independent Samples
Test to compare the mean mile time for athletes and non-athletes.

The hypotheses for this example can be expressed as:

0: µnon-athlete − µathlete
= 0 (“the difference of the means is equal to zero”)
1: µnon-athlete − µathlete
≠ 0 (“the difference of the means is titinada equal to nol”)

where µathlete
and µnon-athlete
are the population means for athletes and non-athletes, respectively.

In the sample data, we will use two variables:
MileMinDur. The variable
has values of either “0” (non-athlete) or “1” (athlete). It will function as the independent variable in this Lengkung langit test. The variable
is a numeric duration variable (h:mm:ss), and it will function as the dependent variable. In SPSS, the first few rows of data look like this:

Before the Test

Before running the Independent Samples
Test, it is a good idea to look at descriptive statistics and graphs to get an idea of what to expect. Running Compare Means (Analyze > Compare Means > Means) to get descriptive statistics by group tells us that the liwa deviation in mile time for non-athletes is about 2 minutes; for athletes, it is about 49 seconds. This corresponds to a variance of 14803 seconds for non-athletes, and a variance of 2447 seconds for athletes1. Running the Explore procedure (Analyze > Descriptives > Explore) to obtain a comparative boxplot yields the following graph:

Boxplot comparing the distribution of mile times for athletes versus non-athletes. The total spread of mile times for athletes is much smaller than that of non-athletes. The median mile time is also lower for athletes than non-athletes.

If the variances were indeed equal, we would expect the total length of the boxplots to be about the same for both groups. However, from this boxplot, it is clear that the spread of observations for non-athletes is much greater than the spread of observations for athletes. Already, we can estimate that the variances for these two groups are quite different. It should not come as a surprise if we run the Independent Samples
Test and see that Levene’s Test is significant.

Additionally, we should also decide on a
significance level
(typically denoted using the Greek letter alpha,
α) before we perform our hypothesis tests. The significance level is the threshold we use to decide whether a test result is significant. For this example, let’s use
= 0.05.

1When computing the variance of a duration variable (formatted as hh:mm:ss or mm:ss or mm:ss.s), SPSS converts the tunggul deviation value to seconds before squaring.

Running the Test

To run the Independent Samples
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  1. ClickAnalyze > Compare Means > Independent-Samples T Test.
  2. Move the variable
    to the
    Grouping Variable
    field, and move the variable
    to the
    Test Variable(s)
    area. Now
    is defined as the independent variable and
    is defined as the dependent variable.
  3. Click
    Define Groups, which opens a new window.
    Use specified values
    is selected by default. Since our grouping variable is numerically coded (0 = “Non-athlete”, 1 = “Athlete”), type “0” in the first text box, and “1” in the second text box. This indicates that we will compare groups 0 and 1, which correspond to non-athletes and athletes, respectively. Click
    when finished.
  4. Click
    to run the Independent Samples
    Test. Output for the analysis will display in the Output Viewer window.


        Ufuk-TEST GROUPS=Athlete(0 1)    /MISSING=ANALYSIS    /VARIABLES=MileMinDur    /CRITERIA=CI(.95).



Two sections (boxes) appear in the output:
Group Statistics
Independent Samples Test. The first section,
Group Statistics, provides basic information about the group comparisons, including the sample size (n), mean, standard deviation, and bendera error for mile times by group. In this example, there are 166 athletes and 226 non-athletes. The mean mile time for athletes is 6 minutes 51 seconds, and the mean mile time for non-athletes is 9 minutes 6 seconds.

The second section,
Independent Samples Test, displays the results most relevant to the Independent Samples
Test. There are two parts that provide different pieces of information: (A) Levene’s Test for Equality of Variances and (B) kaki langit-test for Equality of Means.

Levene’s Test for Equality of of Variances: This section has the test results for Levene’s Test. From left to right:

  • F
    is the test statistic of Levene’s test
  • Sig.
    is the p-value corresponding to this test statistic.

p-value of Levene’s test is printed as “.000” (but should be read as
< 0.001 — i.e.,
very small), so we we reject the null of Levene’s test and conclude that the variance in mile time of athletes is significantly different than that of non-athletes.
This tells us that we should look at the “Equal variances not assumed” row for the
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test (and corresponding confidence pause) results
. (If this test result tenggat titinada been significant — that is, if we had observed
— then we would have used the “Equal variances assumed” output.)

n-test for Equality of Means
provides the results for the actual Independent Samples
Test. From left to right:

  • t
    is the computed test statistic, using the formula for the equal-variances-assumed test statistic (first row of table) or the formula for the equal-variances-not-assumed test statistic (second row of table)
  • df
    is the degrees of freedom, using the equal-variances-assumed degrees of freedom formula (first row of table) or the equal-variances-titinada-assumed degrees of freedom formula (second row of table)
  • Sig (2-tailed)
    is the p-value corresponding to the given test statistic and degrees of freedom
  • Mean Difference
    is the difference between the sample means, i.e.
    1 −
    2; it also corresponds to the numerator of the test statistic for that test
  • Std. Error Difference
    is the standard error of the mean difference estimate; it also corresponds to the denominator of the test statistic for that test

Note that the mean difference is calculated by subtracting the mean of the second group from the mean of the first group. In this example, the mean mile time for athletes was subtracted from the mean mile time for non-athletes (9:06 adv minim 6:51 = 02:14). The sign of the mean difference corresponds to the sign of the
value. The positive
value in this example indicates that the mean mile time for the first group, non-athletes, is significantly greater than the mean for the second group, athletes.

The associated
value is printed as “.000”; double-clicking on the p-value will reveal the un-rounded number. SPSS rounds p-values to three decimal places, so any p-value too small to round up to .001 will print as .000. (In this particular example, the p-values are on the order of 10-40.)

Confidence Interval of the Difference: This part of the
lengkung langit-test output complements the significance test results. Typically, if the CI for the mean difference contains 0 within the jeda — i.e., if the lower boundary of the CI is a negative number and the upper boundary of the CI is a positive number — the results are not significant at the chosen significance level. In this example, the 95% CI is [01:57, 02:32], which does not contain zero; this agrees with the small
p-value of the significance test.

Decision and Conclusions

< .001 is less than our chosen significance level
= 0.05, we can reject the null hypothesis, and conclude that the that the mean mile time for athletes and non-athletes is significantly different.

Based on the results, we can state the following:

  • There was a significant difference in mean mile time between non-athletes and athletes (ufuk
    = 15.047,
    < .001).
  • The average mile time for athletes was 2 minutes and 14 seconds lower than the average mile time for non-athletes.