## Chi-Square Test Example

You research two groups and put them in categories single, married or divorced:

The numbers are definitely different, but …

• Is that just random chance?
• Or have you found something interesting?

### Example: “Which holiday do you prefer?”

 Beach Cruise Men 209 280 Women 225 248

### Does Gender affect Preferred Holiday?

If Gender (Man or Woman) does affect Preferred Holiday we say they are dependent.

By doing some special calculations (explained later), we come up with a “p” value:

p value is 0.132

Now, p < 0.05 is the usual test for dependence. In this case, p is greater than 0.05, so we believe the variables are independent (ie not linked together).

In other words, Men and Women probably do not have a different preference for Beach Holidays or Cruises.

## Understanding “p” Value

“p” is the probability the variables are independent.

Imagine that the previous example was in fact two random samples of Men each time:  Men: Beach 209, Cruise 280 Men: Beach 225, Cruise 248

Is it likely you would get such different results surveying Men each time?

Well the “p” value of 0.132 says that it really could happen every so often.

Surveys are random after all. We expect slightly different results each time, right?

So most people want to see a p-value less than 0.05 before they are happy to say the results show the groups have a different response.

Let’s see another example:

### Example: “Which pet do you prefer?”

 Cat Dog Men 207 282 Women 231 242

By doing the calculations (shown later), we come up with:

P value is 0.043

In this case p < 0.05, so this result is thought of as being “significant” meaning we think the variables are not independent.

In other words, because 0.043 < 0.05 we think that Gender is linked to Pet Preference (Men and Women have different preferences for Cats and Dogs).

Just out of interest, notice that the numbers in our two examples are similar, but the resulting p-values are very different: 0.132 and 0.043. This shows how sensitive the test is!

## Why p<0.05 ?

It is just a choice! Using p<0.05 is common, but we could have chosen p<0.01 to be even more sure that the groups behave differently, or any value really.

## Calculating P-Value

So how do we calculate this p-value? We use the Chi-Square Test!

## Chi-Square Test

Note: Chi Sounds like “Hi” but with a K, so say Chi-Square like “Ki square”

And Chi is the greek letter Χ, so we can also write it Χ2

Important points before we get started:

• This test only works for categorical data (data in categories), such as Gender {Men, Women} or color {Red, Yellow, Green, Blue} etc, but not numerical data such as height or weight.
• The numbers must be large enough. Each entry must be 5 or more. In our example we have values such as 209, 282, etc, so we are good to go.

### Our first step is to state our hypotheses:

Hypothesis: A statement that might be true, which can then be tested.

The two hypotheses are.

• Gender and preference for cats or dogs are independent.
• Gender and preference for cats or dogs are not independent.

### Lay the data out in a table:

 Cat Dog Men 207 282 Women 231 242

### Add up rows and columns:

 Cat Dog Men 207 282 489 Women 231 242 473 438 524 962

### Calculate “Expected Value” for each entry:

Multiply each row total by each column total and divide by the overall total:

 Cat Dog Men 489×438/962 489×524/962 489 Women 473×438/962 473×524/962 473 438 524 962

Which gives us:

 Cat Dog Men 222.64 266.36 489 Women 215.36 257.64 473 438 524 962

### Subtract expected from actual, square it, then divide by expected:

 Cat Dog Men (207-222.64)2222.64 (282-266.36)2266.36 489 Women (231-215.36)2215.36 (242-257.64)2257.64 473 438 524 962

Which is:

 Cat Dog Men 1.099 0.918 489 Women 1.136 0.949 473 438 524 962

### Now add up those values:

1.099 + 0.918 + 1.136 + 0.949 = 4.102

Chi-Square is 4.102

## From Chi-Square to p

To get from Chi-Square to p-value is a difficult calculation, so either look it up in a table, or use the Chi-Square Calculator.

But first you will need a “Degree of Freedom” (DF)

### Calculate Degrees of Freedom

Multiply (rows − 1) by (columns − 1)

Example: DF = (2 − 1)(2 − 1) = 1×1 = 1

The result is:

p = 0.04283

Done!

## Chi-Square Formula

This is the formula for Chi-Square: • O = the Observed (actual) value
• E = the Expected value

Source:

MathisFun 