Goodness of fit test  overview
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Goodness of fit test  Sign test 


Independent variable  Independent variable  
None  2 paired groups  
Dependent variable  Dependent variable  
One categorical with $J$ independent groups ($J \geqslant 2$)  One of ordinal level  
Null hypothesis  Null hypothesis  

 
Alternative hypothesis  Alternative hypothesis  

 
Assumptions  Assumptions  

 
Test statistic  Test statistic  
$X^2 = \sum{\frac{(\mbox{observed cell count}  \mbox{expected cell count})^2}{\mbox{expected cell count}}}$
Here the expected cell count for one cell = $N \times \pi_j$, the observed cell count is the observed sample count in that same cell, and the sum is over all $J$ cells.  $W = $ number of difference scores that is larger than 0  
Sampling distribution of $X^2$ if H_{0} were true  Sampling distribution of $W$ if H_{0} were true  
Approximately the chisquared distribution with $J  1$ degrees of freedom  The exact distribution of $W$ under the null hypothesis is the Binomial($n$, $P$) distribution, with $n =$ number of positive differences $+$ number of negative differences, and $P = 0.5$.
If $n$ is large, $W$ is approximately normally distributed under the null hypothesis, with mean $nP = n \times 0.5$ and standard deviation $\sqrt{nP(1P)} = \sqrt{n \times 0.5(1  0.5)}$. Hence, if $n$ is large, the standardized test statistic $$z = \frac{W  n \times 0.5}{\sqrt{n \times 0.5(1  0.5)}}$$ follows approximately the standard normal distribution if the null hypothesis were true.  
Significant?  Significant?  
 If $n$ is small, the table for the binomial distribution should be used: Two sided:
If $n$ is large, the table for standard normal probabilities can be used: Two sided:
 
n.a.  Equivalent to  
 
Two sided sign test is equivalent to
 
Example context  Example context  
Is the proportion of people with a low, moderate, and high social economic status in the population different from $\pi_{low} = 0.2,$ $\pi_{moderate} = 0.6,$ and $\pi_{high} = 0.2$?  Do people tend to score higher on mental health after a mindfulness course?  
SPSS  SPSS  
Analyze > Nonparametric Tests > Legacy Dialogs > Chisquare...
 Analyze > Nonparametric Tests > Legacy Dialogs > 2 Related Samples...
 
Jamovi  Jamovi  
Frequencies > N Outcomes  $\chi^2$ Goodness of fit
 Jamovi does not have a specific option for the sign test. However, you can do the Friedman test instead. The $p$ value resulting from this Friedman test is equivalent to the two sided $p$ value that would have resulted from the sign test. Go to:
ANOVA > Repeated Measures ANOVA  Friedman
 
Practice questions  Practice questions  