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Statistical testing is essential in research for validating findings. This overview covers parametric and non-parametric tests, focusing on the Wilcoxon signed-rank test used for non-normally distributed paired data. It explains the test's procedure, from ranking differences to interpreting outcomes, and notes the importance of choosing the correct test based on data assumptions.

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## Purpose of Statistical Testing

### Validity of Research Findings

Statistical testing evaluates the validity of research findings by determining if observed effects or differences are statistically significant or due to random variation

### Hypothesis Testing

Null Hypothesis

Statistical tests are used to make informed decisions about the validity of the null hypothesis, which suggests no effect or difference, versus the alternative hypothesis, which suggests an effect or difference exists

P-value

A p-value of less than 0.05 is commonly accepted as the threshold for statistical significance, indicating a less than 5% chance that the results are due to random chance alone

### Parametric vs. Non-parametric Tests

Parametric tests assume normal distribution and other statistical properties, while non-parametric tests offer a robust alternative for data that do not meet these assumptions

## Wilcoxon Signed-Rank Test

### Non-parametric Alternative to Paired t-test

The Wilcoxon signed-rank test is a non-parametric alternative to the paired t-test, suitable for analyzing matched-pair data or repeated measurements on a single sample

### Ranking and Summing Differences

Calculation of Test Statistic

The test statistic, denoted as W, is calculated by ranking the absolute differences between paired observations, ignoring the sign, and then summing the positive and negative ranks

Interpretation of Test Statistic

The test statistic is compared to a critical value to determine statistical significance, with a smaller W indicating a rejection of the null hypothesis

### Power of Non-parametric Tests

Non-parametric tests like the Wilcoxon signed-rank test are useful for data that violate parametric assumptions, but may have less statistical power than parametric tests

## Application of Wilcoxon Signed-Rank Test

### Handling Non-normally Distributed Data

The Wilcoxon signed-rank test is particularly adept at handling non-normally distributed differences in paired data

### Steps of the Test

Calculation of Differences

Researchers first calculate the differences between each pair of observations

Ranking and Assigning Signs

The differences are then ranked based on their absolute values and assigned signs, with zero differences excluded from the analysis

Comparison to Critical Value

The test statistic is compared to a critical value to determine if the null hypothesis should be rejected

### Use as a Necessary Option

The Wilcoxon signed-rank test provides a necessary option for analyzing data that do not fit the assumptions of parametric tests

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