Hypothesis Testing

What is a Hypothesis Test?

Hypothesis testing helps identify ways to reduce costs and improve quality. Hypothesis testing asks the question: Are two or more sets of data the same or different, statistically.

In Six Sigma, hypothesis tests help identify differences between machines, formulas, raw materials, etc. and whether the differences are statistically significant or not. Without such testing, teams can run around changing machine settings, formulas and so on causing more variation. These knee-jerk responses can amplify variation and cause more problems than doing nothing at all.

In manufacturing, you might want to compare two or more types of raw materials and determine if they produce the same quality. In other words, do the products have the same or different means and variances? If they are the same, which one is less expensive to produce? If they are different, which one best meets the customer's requirements?

Three Types of Hypothesis Tests

  • Classical Method - comparing a test statistic to a critical value
  • p value Method - the probability of a test statistic being contrary to the null hypothesis
  • Confidence Interval Method - is the test statistic between or outside of the confidence interval

Conducting a Hypothesis Test

  1. Define the null (H0) and an alternate (Ha) hypothesis.
  2. Conduct the test
  3. Using data from the test:
    • Calculate the test statistic and the critical value (t test, f test, z test, ANOVA, etc.). 
    • Calculate a p value and compare it to a  significance level (a) or confidence level (1-a)
  4. Interpret the results to determine if you can accept or reject the null hypothesis.

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QI Macros for Excel Makes Hypothesis Testing as Easy as 1-2-3!

hypothesis tests in Excel

QI Macros adds a new tab to Excel's menu:

  1. Just input your data into an Excel spreadsheet and select it.
  2. Click on QI Macros menu, Statistical Tools and the test you want to run (t test, f test, z test, ANOVA, etc.).  If you are not sure which test to run, QI Macros Stat Wizard will analyze your data and run the possible tests for you.
  3. QI Macros performs all of the calculations AND interprets the results for you.

hypothesis testing sample results in QI Macros

QI Macros Will Also Draw Charts to Help You Visualize the Differences in Your Data Sets

chart helps visualize results of hypoithesis testing

Cheat Sheet to Help You Interpret the Results Yourself

Hypothesis Test
Compare
Result
What Does It Mean?
Classical Method test statistic > critical value 
(i.e. F > F crit)
Reject the null hypothesis Means or Variances are Different
Classical Method test statistic < critical value 
(i.e. F < F crit)
Cannot Reject the null hypothesis Means or Variances are the Same
p value Method p value < a Reject the null hypothesis Means or Variances are Different
p value Method p value > a Cannot Reject the null hypothesis Means or Variances are the Same

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