What analysis test should be used?

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A flowchart of all the statistical tests I have learned during year 1 of my Psychology degree.
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What analysis test should be used?
1 Qualitative (categorical)
1.1 One categorical variable

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  • one categorical variable from a single population.
1.1.1 Chi-square Goodness-of-fit (x^2)

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  • comparing the frequencies you observe in certain categories to the frequencies you might expect to get in those categories by chance using a contingency table.
1.2 Two categorical variables

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  • For example you are asking adults which fizzy drink they prefer: Pepsi or Sprite, and comparing the answers given by each gender.
1.2.1 Pearson's Chi-square test (x^2)

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  • comparing the frequencies you observe in certain categories to the frequencies you might expect to get in those categories by chance using contingency table.
  • Equation: x^2= SUM OF[ (observed-model)/ model]
2 Quantitative (measurement)
2.1 Relationships

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  • trying to fit a linear model to the data to outline correlation, i.e. y= bx+c, this model would explain current data and predict future patterns.
2.1.1 One predictor (measurement)
2.1.1.1 Continuous
2.1.1.1.1 Degree of relationship (Pearson correlation) r^2

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  • essentially calculates the gradient of the 'line of best fit', so if r^2=1 or -1 it has a perfect positive/negative correlation. As r^2 gets closer to 0, the correlation becomes much less significant.
2.1.1.1.2 Form of relationship (Regression)

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  • simple regression analysis
2.1.1.2 Ranks
2.1.1.2.1 Spearman's rs

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  • A bivariate correlation coefficient that works on ranked data. *Ranking the data reduces the impact of outliers. *first rank the data, then apply Pearson's equation(r^2)...
  • EXAMPLE: want to assess how creativity compares to the position awarded in a storytelling competition. Positions recorded and results of a creative questionnaire. Although they use numbers the ranks are technically categories because has no numerical value although the ORDER does matter..
2.1.2 Multiple predictors (multiple regression)
2.1.2.1 Multiple Regression analysis

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  • An outcome is predicted by a linear combination of two or more predictor variables. Outcome= Y, and predictors= X. Each predictor has a regression coefficient 'b' associated with it... Y= (b0 +b1X1 +b2X2 +......bnXn) + E
  • Predictor variables must be chosen based on a sound theoretical rationale- "do NOT just select all random predictors, bung them all into a regression analysis and hope for the best".
2.2 Differences
2.2.1 Two groups
2.2.1.1 Independent measures/ between-subjects design

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  • so when the data is normally distributed- use independent t-test, if they are not normally distributed use Mann-Whitney. *so if you put the data in order of DV and assign a group- if normally distributed the two groups should have separated i.e. AAAAAABBABBB
2.2.1.1.1 Independent sample t-test

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  • establishes whether two means collected from independent samples differ significantly.
2.2.1.1.2 Mann Whitney

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  • also tests the difference between 2 samples but is non-parametric.
2.2.1.2 Repeated measures/ within-subjects design

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  • both look at differences between 2 conditions that are experienced by 1 group. If data is based on a assumption of normal distribution of ranks use related sample t-test, or Wilcoxen if not.
2.2.1.2.1 Related sample t-test
2.2.1.2.2 Wilcoxen signed-rank test

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  • *NOT to be confused with Wilcoxen's rank-sum test that is similar to independent samples t-test. *Non-parametric version of related-samples so still looks at comparing the scores of 1 group in both conditions, however the test does not make assumptions of normal distribution.
2.2.2 Multiple groups
2.2.2.1 Repeated measures/ within-subjects design
2.2.2.1.1 Repeated measures ANOVA
2.2.2.1.2 Friedman's ANOVA
2.2.2.2 Independent measures/ between-subjects design
2.2.2.2.1 One independent variable

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  • e.g. 3 groups(influenced differently i.e. luxury/bargain) of wine experts test 3 wines and mean average for each pt across the 3 wines produced for each group. So comparing 3 groups with 1 iv (average score given to wine)
2.2.2.2.1.1 One-way ANOVA
2.2.2.2.1.2 Kruskal-Wallis
2.2.2.2.2 Multiple independent variables
2.2.2.2.2.1 Factorial ANOVA
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