Homework Question on Descriptive Statistics
- What did you study? If you believe it is relevant, why did you choose the topic? Also (very important), state your research question.
- Data. First, the data source. Name the survey or other source and the organization that produced it. Give the date(s) covered if available. If your data came from online source(s), include the URL(s) from the website(s). (Just copy it from the search line of your browser and paste it into the Word file.) Describe the purpose of the study that produced the data. Second, list and describe the variables you included. What values do they take on, and what do these values signify?
- Descriptive statistics of your primary variable, i.e, the variable that you will be conducting your hypothesis test on. These can be summarized in Table 1 along with a little discussion. See below for examples and to download a template. The templates are in the form of MS Word tables that you can open in Word or in WordPad. Calculate separate sets of descriptive statistics for each of the two samples.
- Hypothesis test. You may do one of the following: (A) a t test of two population means, (B) a t test of paired differences, or (C) a z test of a two population proportions. Summarize your results in Table 2. Discuss your results and conduct a hypothesis test using the standard 5-step procedure.
- I expect that this will consist of about 2 pages of text, with the graphs and tables extra.
- As always, I expect that your report will be well written, in formal style, and will clearly and completely discuss your subject. (I.e., points off for poor organization or writing.)
- Include an illuminating graph or two and appendices as needed.
Homework Answer on Descriptive Statistics
Education is the key to success and arguably the best investment to young people in any set up. Unlike the early days, education has been embraced by many thanks to sensitization by the governments of arguably all the nations and concerned Non –Governmental Organizations (NGO’s). Moreover, it is worthwhile noting that both males and females are given equal chances to access education in most if not all nations/cultures unlike the past.
However, a question as to whether the performance in the schools is influenced by the gender of the students remains unanswered. It is for this reason that I decided to carry out a research on whether the academic performance depends on individual’s gender. The choice of the topic was to answer the question as to whether either of the gender have a better chance to perform well than the other.
My hypothesis tests was hence generated from this research topic; ‘Does the academic performance in schools depend on individual’s gender?’
H0: the academic performance in schools depends on individual’s gender
H1: the academic performance in schools does not depend on individual’s gender.
I obtained my data from the academic archives of Boston Latin secondary school (U.S.A). It was paramount to obtain the data direct from a primary source that provides the real picture of the performances in schools.