z test for the difference between two proportions  overview
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$z$ test for the difference between two proportions  One sample Wilcoxon signedrank test 


Independent variable  Independent variable  
One categorical with 2 independent groups  None  
Dependent variable  Dependent variable  
One categorical with 2 independent groups  One of ordinal level  
Null hypothesis  Null hypothesis  
$\pi_1 = \pi_2$
$\pi_1$ is the unknown proportion of "successes" in population 1; $\pi_2$ is the unknown proportion of "successes" in population 2  $m = m_0$
$m$ is the unknown population median; $m_0$ is the population median according to the null hypothesis  
Alternative hypothesis  Alternative hypothesis  
Two sided: $\pi_1 \neq \pi_2$ Right sided: $\pi_1 > \pi_2$ Left sided: $\pi_1 < \pi_2$ 
 
Assumptions  Assumptions  

 
Test statistic  Test statistic  
$z = \dfrac{p_1  p_2}{\sqrt{p(1  p)\Bigg(\dfrac{1}{n_1} + \dfrac{1}{n_2}\Bigg)}}$
$p_1$ is the sample proportion of successes in group 1: $\dfrac{X_1}{n_1}$, $p_2$ is the sample proportion of successes in group 2: $\dfrac{X_2}{n_2}$, $p$ is the total proportion of successes in the sample: $\dfrac{X_1 + X_2}{n_1 + n_2}$, $n_1$ is the sample size of group 1, $n_2$ is the sample size of group 2 Note: we could just as well compute $p_2  p_1$ in the numerator, but then the left sided alternative becomes $\pi_2 < \pi_1$, and the right sided alternative becomes $\pi_2 > \pi_1$  Two different types of test statistics can be used; both will result in the same test outcome. We will denote the first option the $W_1$ statistic (also known as the $T$ statistic), and the second option the $W_2$ statistic.
In order to compute each of the test statistics, follow the steps below:
 
Sampling distribution of $z$ if H0 were true  Sampling distribution of $W_1$ and of $W_2$ if H0 were true  
Approximately standard normal  Sampling distribution of $W_1$:
If $N_r$ is large, $W_1$ is approximately normally distributed with mean $\mu_{W_1}$ and standard deviation $\sigma_{W_1}$ if the null hypothesis were true. Here $$\mu_{W_1} = \frac{N_r(N_r + 1)}{4}$$ $$\sigma_{W_1} = \sqrt{\frac{N_r(N_r + 1)(2N_r + 1)}{24}}$$ Hence, if $N_r$ is large, the standardized test statistic $$z = \frac{W_1  \mu_{W_1}}{\sigma_{W_1}}$$ follows approximately a standard normal distribution if the null hypothesis were true. Sampling distribution of $W_2$: If $N_r$ is large, $W_2$ is approximately normally distributed with mean $0$ and standard deviation $\sigma_{W_2}$ if the null hypothesis were true. Here $$\sigma_{W_2} = \sqrt{\frac{N_r(N_r + 1)(2N_r + 1)}{6}}$$ Hence, if $N_r$ is large, the standardized test statistic $$z = \frac{W_2}{\sigma_{W_2}}$$ follows approximately a standard normal distribution if the null hypothesis were true. If $N_r$ is small, the exact distribution of $W_1$ or $W_2$ should be used. Note: the formula for the standard deviations $\sigma_{W_1}$ and $\sigma_{W_2}$ is more complicated if ties are present in the data.  
Significant?  Significant?  
Two sided:
 For large samples, the table for standard normal probabilities can be used: Two sided:
 
Approximate $C\%$ confidence interval for $\pi_1  \pi_2$  n.a.  
Regular (large sample):
   
Equivalent to  n.a.  
When testing two sided: chisquared test for the relationship between two categorical variables, where both categorical variables have 2 levels    
Example context  Example context  
Is the proportion smokers different between men and women? Use the normal approximation for the sampling distribution of the test statistic.  Is the median mental health score different from 50?  
SPSS  SPSS  
SPSS does not have a specific option for the $z$ test for the difference between two proportions. However, you can do the chisquared test instead. The $p$ value resulting from this chisquared test is equivalent to the two sided $p$ value that would have resulted from the $z$ test. Go to:
Analyze > Descriptive Statistics > Crosstabs...
 Specify the measurement level of your variable on the Variable View tab, in the column named Measure. Then go to:
Analyze > Nonparametric Tests > One Sample...
 
Jamovi  Jamovi  
Jamovi does not have a specific option for the $z$ test for the difference between two proportions. However, you can do the chisquared test instead. The $p$ value resulting from this chisquared test is equivalent to the two sided $p$ value that would have resulted from the $z$ test. Go to:
Frequencies > Independent Samples  $\chi^2$ test of association
 TTests > One Sample TTest
 
Practice questions  Practice questions  