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Hypothesis Testing and Proof by Contradiction: An Analogy

Hypothesis Testing and Proof by Contradiction: An Analogy

Created by C.A. Reeves and J.K. Brewer, the "proof by contradiction" in mathematics, provides a reasonable parallel to the concept of hypothesis testing and in the process helps students see the fallacy of believing that the null hypothesis, H0, is true when they have simply failed to reject it. The authors state, "Concerned statistics instructors are constantly on the lookout for examples and analogies to assist students of basic statistics to comprehend the underpinnings of hypothesis testing. Logic and mathematics are the foundations of statistical theory and as such pervade the entire structure of statistics providing several useful comparisons." This lesson looks to help these statistics instructors with a detailed lesson plan.


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