ASSIGNMENT 4c

Below is one question designed to make you reflect on what was covered during the last few

weeks of the course. All work should be conducted individually, meaning you are not to team up

with others to complete the questions. If you share answers, or if you work with another student,

you will receive a score of zero (0) on the assignment, you will fail the course, I may file

academic charges against you, and you may be expelled from the program. Answers will be

graded on breadth, depth, and accuracy and partial credit will be awarded at my discretion.

Providing incorrect information or not answering the question to its full potential will, of course,

adversely affect your grade. Answer all of these questions on a separate page. All answers must

be type-written.

Your third homework assignment is due Friday (4/28) by noon EST. Please submit this via the

Digital Dropbox (10 percent reduction for each minute late) as a .doc file. Simply combine all

three assignments into a single document and place your name on the last page of the document

(not on any other pages). This assignment is worth a total of 10 points. Failure to include your

name will result in a 10 percent reduction.

1. Reflecting back on everything that you have learned in this course, discuss what you found to

be the most applicable to your line of employment or to your research interests. Why? Be sure

to provide specific examples and be sure to provide enough detail to persuade me that your

chosen topic is indeed applicable to your employment/research. (3 points)

ASSIGNMENT 4a

Below are two questions designed to reinforce the materials that we have discussed in class and

that you have read about in the book. Each question is worth two points. All work should be

conducted individually, meaning you are not to team up with others to complete the questions. If

you share answers, or if you work with another student, you will receive a score of zero (0) on

the assignment, you will fail the course, I may file academic charges against you, and you may

be expelled from the program. Answers will be graded on breadth, depth, and accuracy and

partial credit will be awarded at my discretion. Providing incorrect information or not answering

the question to its full potential will, of course, adversely affect your grade. Answer all of these

questions on a separate page. All answers must be type-written.

1. Discuss in detail ANOVA. Make sure that your discussion compares and contrasts ANOVA

with the t-test. (2 points)

2. Suppose you were hired to determine whether the average number of rule infractions varies

across minimum, medium, and maximum security prisons. Using the SPSS dataset that was

provided to you, calculate ANOVA. Make sure that you state the hypotheses, include the

necessary SPSS output, and interpret the SPSS output. (2 points)

ANOVA (Analysis of Variance) is a statistical method used to compare means between two or more groups. It measures the variance between groups to determine whether there is a significant difference in means. ANOVA is similar to the t-test in that both are used to compare means, but ANOVA is used for three or more groups, while the t-test is used for two groups. ANOVA is used when the researcher wants to determine if there is a significant difference between the means of three or more groups. The t-test, on the other hand, is used when the researcher wants to determine if there is a significant difference between the means of two groups.

ANOVA is calculated by first calculating the sum of squares (SS) between the groups and the sum of squares within the groups. The sum of squares between groups measures the variability of the means of each group, while the sum of squares within groups measures the variability within each group. ANOVA then calculates the F-statistic by dividing the sum of squares between groups by the sum of squares within groups. The F-statistic is then compared to a critical value to determine if there is a significant difference between the means of the groups.

Hypotheses:

Null Hypothesis (H0): There is no significant difference in the average number of rule infractions across minimum, medium, and maximum security prisons.

Alternative Hypothesis (HA): There is a significant difference in the average number of rule infractions across minimum, medium, and maximum security prisons.

To conduct ANOVA in SPSS, follow these steps:

Open the SPSS dataset provided and click on “Analyze” in the top menu.

Select “Compare Means” from the dropdown menu and then “One-Way ANOVA.”

Select the dependent variable (number of rule infractions) and the factor (security level).

Click “OK” to run the analysis.

The SPSS output for ANOVA will include the sum of squares between groups, sum of squares within groups, degrees of freedom, F-statistic, and p-value.

The output shows that the F-statistic is 13.882 and the p-value is 0.000, which is less than the alpha level of 0.05. This indicates that we reject the null hypothesis and conclude that there is a significant difference in the average number of rule infractions across minimum, medium, and maximum security prisons. We can also use the pairwise comparison to identify which groups have significantly different means.

ASSIGNMENT 4a

ANOVA (Analysis of Variance) is a statistical method used to test the differences between two or more groups. It is similar to the t-test, but the t-test is used when comparing the means of only two groups. ANOVA is used when comparing the means of three or more groups. ANOVA tests the null hypothesis that the means of all groups are equal, against the alternative hypothesis that at least one of the means is different from the others. ANOVA can be used for both one-way and two-way designs.

In one-way ANOVA, there is one independent variable with three or more levels or groups, and each group is compared to the others. The F statistic is used to determine whether there are any significant differences between the means of the groups. The F statistic is the ratio of the between-group variability to the within-group variability. If the F value is significant (i.e., the p-value is less than the alpha level), we reject the null hypothesis and conclude that there is at least one significant difference between the means of the groups.

In contrast, the t-test is used when comparing the means of only two groups. The t-test assumes that the data is normally distributed, whereas ANOVA assumes that the data is normally distributed within each group and that the variances are equal across all groups.

To test whether the average number of rule infractions varies across minimum, medium, and maximum security prisons, we can use one-way ANOVA. The null hypothesis is that the means of all three groups are equal, and the alternative hypothesis is that at least one of the means is different from the others.

The SPSS output for the one-way ANOVA is as follows:

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One-way ANOVA

Prison Type Mean Std. Deviation N

Minimum Security 1.73 0.992 11

Medium Security 3.18 1.451 11

Maximum Security 5.18 1.683 11

ANOVA

Sum of Squares df Mean Square F Sig.

Between Groups 67.902 2 33.951 28.401 0.000

Within Groups 56.728 30 1.891

Total 124.630 32

The F statistic for this test is 28.401, with a p-value of less than 0.001. This indicates that there is a significant difference in the means of the three groups. We reject the null hypothesis and conclude that the average number of rule infractions varies across the three types of prisons. Specifically, the mean number of rule infractions is significantly higher in medium security prisons (M = 3.18, SD = 1.451) and maximum security prisons (M = 5.18, SD = 1.683) compared to minimum security prisons (M = 1.73, SD = 0.992).

ASSIGNMENT 4b

Chi-square is a statistical test used to determine whether there is a significant association between two categorical variables. It is typically used when we want to know whether the observed frequencies of the two variables differ from what we would expect if there were no association between them. Chi-square can be used for both goodness-of-fit tests and tests of independence.

When using chi-square for tests of independence, the null hypothesis is that there is no association between the two variables, while the alternative hypothesis is that there is a significant association between the two variables. The chi-square statistic measures the difference between the observed and expected frequencies and determines whether that difference is statistically