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Chi-square test for goodness of fit

1. The Safety Director of Honda USA took samples at random from the file of minor accidents and classified them according to the time the accident took place. The sample data is as follows:

8am to 9am 6 accidents
9am to 10 am 6 accidents
10am to 11 am 20 accidents
11am to noon 8 accidents
Noon to 1pm 7 accidents
1pm to 2pm 8 accidents
2pm to 3pm 10 accidents
3pm to 4pm 6 accidents

At the 0.01 level of significance, are the accidents evenly distributed throughout the day?

2. For many years TV executives used the guideline that 30 percent of the audience were watching each of the prime-time networks and 10 percent were watching cable stations on a weekday night. A random sample of 500 viewers in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area last Monday night showed that 165 homes were tuned in to the ABC affiliate, 140 to the CBS affiliate, 125 to the NBC affiliate, and the remainder were viewing a cable station. At the 0.05 level of significance, can we conclude that the old guideline is still reasonable?

15.18 Sixty-four students in an introductory college economics class were asked how many credits they
had earned in college, and how certain they were about their choice of major. Research question:
At α = .01, is the degree of certainty independent of credits earned?

Credits Earned Very Uncertain Somewhat Certain Very Certain Row Total
0-9 12 8 3 23
10-59 8 4 10 22
60 or more 1 7 11 19
Col Total 21 19 24 64

15.22 A student team examined parked cars in four different suburban shopping malls. One hundred vehicles
were examined in each location. Research question: At α = .05, does vehicle type vary by
mall location? (Data are from a project by MBA students Steve Bennett, Alicia Morais, Steve
Olson, and Greg Corda.)

Vehicle Type Somerset Oakland Great Lakes Jamestown Row Total
Car 44 49 36 64 193
Minivan 21 15 18 13 67
Full-sized Van 2 3 3 2 10
SUV 19 27 26 12 84
Truck 14 6 17 9 46
Col Total 100 100 100 100 400

15.24 High levels of cockpit noise in an aircraft can damage the hearing of pilots who are exposed to this
hazard for many hours. A Boeing 727 co-pilot collected 61 noise observations using a handheld
sound meter. Noise level is defined as "Low" (under 88 decibels), "Medium" (88 to 91 decibels),
or "High" (92 decibels or more). There are three flight phases (Climb, Cruise, Descent). Research
question: At α = .05, is the cockpit noise level independent of flight phase? (Data are from
Capt. Robert E. Hartl, retired.)
Noise Level Climb Cruise Descent Row Total
Low 6 2 6 14
Medium 18 3 8 29
High 1 3 14 18
Col Total 25 8 28 61

15.28 Can people really identify their favorite brand of cola? Volunteers tasted Coca-Cola Classic,
Pepsi, Diet Coke, and Diet Pepsi, with the results shown below. Research question: At α = .05, is
the correctness of the prediction different for the two types of cola drinkers? Could you identify
your favorite brand in this kind of test? Since it is a 2 × 2 table, try also a two-tailed two-sample
z test for π1 = π2 (see Chapter 10) and verify that z2 is the same as your chi-square statistic.Which
test do you prefer? Why?
Correct? Regular Cola Diet Cola Row Total
Yes, got it right 7 7 14
No, got it wrong 12 20 32
Col Total 19 27 46


Solution Summary

The solution provides step by step method for the calculation of chi square test for association and goodness of fit. Formula for the calculation and Interpretations of the results are also included. Interactive excel sheet is included. The user can edit the inputs and obtain the complete results for a new set of data.