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    Statistics : Hypothesis Testing, Test Statistic and Critical Region

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    Please help answer the following questions involving statistics.

    1. Why do we use hypothesis testing?

    2. What is a test statistic and how is it related to a critical value in hypothesis testing?

    3. What is the critical region in hypothesis testing and why is it important?

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    In practice, when we study a population or two populations, there may exist many parameters such as the mean and the standard deviation which are unknown. So we have to estimate them. Once we got an estimation, we have to test if the true value is equal (or close to) this value.

    When we test if the true value is equal (or close to) this value, the first step we need to do is to set up the null hypothesis and alternative hypothesis. Then we ...

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