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### Course: AP®︎/College Statistics > Unit 13

Lesson 2: Testing for the slope of a regression model# Calculating t statistic for slope of regression line

Calculate the test statistic in a test about the slope of a regression line.

## Want to join the conversation?

- how do you calculate the SE for b? if the value hasn't been given by the computer(16 votes)
- Shouldn't the alternate hypothesis be that beta is not equal to 0?(3 votes)
- It would be if we were testing for
**positive or negative**linear relationship. But we're testing for only**positive**linear relationship.(8 votes)

- While calculating the t statistic, why are we not dividing the standard error of b (s.e) by root n?(4 votes)
- It's the
**standard deviation**of the sample that would need to be divided by sqrt(n) to get the standard error.

Here, the value for the**standard error**we get is already**precomputed**, we don't need to make any further modifications.

For example, you can see that the stdev 8.554, divided by sqrt(24) = 1.746.(1 vote)

- Regarding notation: Shouldn't the "y" denoting the population parameter be simply "y" instead of "y^", to differentiate from the estimator "y^" (statistic)?(4 votes)
- Why do you use a t-statistic and not z?(1 vote)
- Use the
`t`

statistic because you do not know the population standard deviation, you are simply estimating it.(2 votes)

- Time stamp:1:48, What are the parameters in relation to the specific test going on? In this case would they be the population mean time for the games or the population mean time for the memory time?(1 vote)

## Video transcript

- [Instructor] Jian obtained
a random sample of data on how long it took each of 24 students to complete a timed reaction game and a timed memory game. He noticed a positive linear relationship between the times on each task. Here is a computer output
on the sample data. So, we have some statistics calculated on the reaction time, on the memory time. And then he had his
computer do a regression for the data that he collected. And then we're told
assume that all conditions for inference have been met. Calculate the test statistic
that should be used for testing a null hypothesis that the population
slope is actually zero. So pause this video and have a go at it. All right, so let's just
make sure we understand what is going on. So let's first think about the population. So I'll do that right over here. So in the population, there might be some true
linear relationships. So in theory, on our x-axis, we would
have our reaction time and on our y-axis, you
have your memory time. If you were able to plot every
single possible data point, it might even be an infinite, or near infinite, (laughs) so it would be very hard to do it. But if you were, if there was just some
truth in the universe, it says yes, there actually is a positive linear relationship. And it looks like this. And you could describe that
regression line as y hat. It's a regression line. Is equal to some true population paramater which would be this y intercept. So we could call that alpha plus some true population parameter that would be the slope
of this regression line we could call that beta. Times x. Now we don't know what this
truth of the universe is of the linear relationship between reaction time and memory time. But we can try to estimate it. And that's what Jian is trying to do. So he's taking a sample of 24, so samples samples 24 data. Data points. And that's much easier to then, you can even visualize it
on a scatter plot like this. So you'd have one, two,
three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18,
19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24. You input those data points into computer and it does a regression line. And it's trying to minimize
the squared distance to all of these points. And so let's say it gets a regression line that looks something like this. Where this regression line can be described as some
estimate of the true y intercept. So this would actually be a
statistic right over here. That's estimating this parameter. Plus some estimate of the true
slope of the regression line. So this is just a statistic, this b, is just a statistic that is trying to estimate
the true parameter, beta. Now when we went and inputted these data
points into a computer, we got values for a and b right over here. A is equal to this, the
constant coefficient. And then the reaction coefficient, this is just telling us, hey, for every incremental
change in the reaction, how much would we expect
the memory time to change. Or for every change in x, how much would we expect
for a change in y. So this is actually our estimate of the slope of the regression line. Now you could imagine, every time you take a different sample, you might get a different
estimate of these things. And when we're doing
inferential statistics, we set up hypotheses. You set up a null and an
alternative hypothesis. And then null hypothesis
is always the no news here. And no news, when you're
dealing with regressions is that even though you might suspect there's a positive linear relationship, even though you might see
it in the data you got, it's for your null hypothesis, you wanna assume that there is no positive
linear relationship. So our null hypothesis here would be that the true slope
of the true regression line, this, the parameter right over here, is equal to zero. So beta is equal to zero. So our null hypothesis actually might be that our true regression line might look something like this. That what y is, is somewhat
independent of what x is. And that if you suspect that there is a positive
linear relationship, you could say something like, well, my alternative hypothesis is that my beta is greater than zero. Or if you suspect that there's just some
linear relationship, you don't know if it's
positive or negative, then you might say that the
beta is not equal to zero. But here it says he noticed or he suspects a positive linear relationship. So this would be his
alternative hypothesis. But what you then want to do to test your null hypothesis, which we've done multiple, multiple times, is find a test statistic that is associated with
the statistic for b that you actually got. Now ideally, you would take your b, you would take your b, and from that, subtract the slope assumed in the null hypothesis, so the slope of the
regression line you get minus the slope that's assumed from the null hypothesis. And then divide by the standard deviation of the sampling distribution of the slope of the regression line. And if you did this, you would get a, it would be appropriate to use a z statistic over here. Now, the problem is, is that we don't know exactly what the standard deviation of
the sampling distribution is. But we can estimate it. We can calculate the slope that we got for
our sample regression line minus the slope we're assuming
in our null hypothesis, which is going to be equal to zero, so we know what we're assuming. And we can calculate the standard error of the sampling distribution. And in fact, our computer
has already done it for us. And this is an estimate of this. And we know what number that is. So we know what all of these numbers are, but if you're using an estimate of the standard deviation of
the sampling distribution, we've seen this before. When we've done inferential
statistics using, for means, it is appropriate
to use a t statistic. But with that said, pause the video. What is this going to be equal to? Well, this is going to be equal to the slope for our sample regression line, we know it's 14.686 minus our assumed true
population parameter, the slope of the true regression line, well, we're assuming that it's zero. So minus zero. And then we divide that
by the standard error which is going to be, we can use this as a standard error for b. And so this is divided by 13.329. So it's just going to be
14.686 divided by 13.329. And if we assume, if we're doing a one sided test here, what we would then do
is take this t statistic and think about the degrees of freedom. And then say, and then
calculate a p value. What is the probability
of getting a result at least this far above
t is equal to zero, or what is the probability
of getting a t statistic this high or higher and that would be our p value. And if that's below some threshold, that's hey, that's pretty unlikely. Then we would reject the null and that which would suggest the alternative. But they're not asking
us to do all of that. They're just asking us to calculate an appropriate test statistic, which we have just done.