Multiple Choice Questions Chisquare tests for independence
The next set of questions refer to the following situation:
A survey was conducted to investigate the severity of rodent problems in egg and poultry operations. A random sample of operators was selected, and the operators were classiﬁed according to the type of operation and the extent of the rodent population. A total of 78 egg operators and 53 turkey operators were classiﬁed and the summary information is:
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1. Which of the following is not correct?
(a) 
Operators who had both operations could not be used because this type of analysis requires each unit to be counted in one and only one cell. 
(b) 
The null hypothesis is that the severity of the rodent problem is independent of the type of operator. 
(c) 
The alternate hypothesis is that the proportion of turkey operators with mild, moderate, and severe rodent problems is diﬀerent from the proportion of egg operators with mild, moderate, and severe rodent problems. 
(d) 
A Type I error would be to conclude that the severity of rodent problems is dependent upon the type of operator while, in fact, the proportion of turkey operators with mild, moderate, and severe ro dent problems is the same as the proportion of egg operators with mild, moderate, and severe rodent problems. 
(e) 
A Type II error would be to conclude that the proportion of egg operators with mild, moderate, or severe rodent problems is the same as the proportion of turkey operators with mild, moderate, or severe rodent problems when in fact they are independent. 
Solution: e Past performance 1993 Apr  52% (a10%; b10%; c14%; d14%) Past performance 1996 Dec  61% (a10%, d12%) Past performance 1998 Dec  72%
2. The value of the test statistic is:
(a) about 5.99
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(b) 
about 9.71 
(c) 
about 6.81 
(d) 
about 5.64 
(e) 
about 8.60 
Solution: d Past performance 1993 Apr  65% (a14%; c10%) Past performance 1998 Dec  99%
3. The expected count in the (egg, mild infestation) cell is:
(a) 
about 26.00 
(b) 
about 33.33 
(c) 
about 53.00 
(d) 
about 31.55 
(e) 
about 78.00 
Solution: d Past performance 1996 Dec  71% (a16%) Past performance 1998 Dec  87%
4. The approximate pvalue is found to be:
(a) 
about .060 
(b) 
about .014 
(c) 
about .032 
(d) 
about .008 
(e) 
about .05 
Solution: a Past performance 1993 Apr  48% (b14%; c16%; e13%) Past performance 1996 Dec  89% Past performance 1998 Dec  96%
5. One reviewer of the study suggested that there may be a problem with the study because results from small operators were pooled with the results from large operators. Which of the following is NOT CORRECT?
(a) 
Simpson’s paradox occurs when conclusions from a pooled table diﬀer from the individual tables. 
(b) 
Tables can be pooled when the underlying rates are equal among tables. 
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(c) 
Simpson’s paradox occurs when tables with unequal row totals are pooled. 
(d) 
Inspection of the row or column percents will give a good clue if Simpson’s paradox is likely to occur. 
(e) 
Simpson’s paradox occurs when the pooled table gives no evidence of an eﬀect but the individual tables show evidence of an eﬀect. 
Solution: c Past performance 1990 Dec  68% Past performance 1993 Apr  32% (b16%; d22%; e25%) Past performance 1996 Dec  65% (b10%, d10%) Past performance 1998 Dec  73% ( d10%)
The next set of questions refer to the following situation
In the paper “Color Association of Male and Female FourthGrade School Children” (J. Psych., 1988, 3838), children were asked to indicate what emotion they associated with the color red. The response and the sex of the child are noted and summarized below. The ﬁrst number in each cell is the count, the second number is the row percent.
Frequency
Row Pct 
anger happy 
love 
pain 
 
Total 

+++++ 

f 
 
27  
19  
39  
17  
102 

 
26.47  18.63  
38.24  
16.67  

+++++ 

m 
 
34  
12  
38  
28  
112 

 
30.36  10.71  
33.93  
25.00  

+++++ 

Total 
61 
31 
77 
45 
214 

Statistic 
DF 
Value 
Prob 

Pearson ChiSquare 
* 
4.629 
***** 
Likelihood Ratio ChiSquare 
* 
4.661 
***** 
MantelHaenszel ChiSquare 
1 
0.307 
***** 
6. Under a suitable null hypothesis, the expected frequency for the cell cor responding to Anger and Males is:
(a) 
15.9 
(b) 
55.7 
(c) 
30.4 
(d) 
31.9 
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(e) 29.1
Solution: d Past performance 1991 Apr  63% (C17%, E15%) Past performance 1991 Dec  84% (e11%) Past performance 1997 Aug  87%
7. The null hypothesis will be rejected at α =0.05 if the test statistic exceeds:
(a) 
3.84 
(b) 
5.99 
(c) 
7.81 
(d) 
9.49 
(e) 
14.07 
Solution: c Past performance 1991 Apr  86%
8. The approximate pvalue is:
(a) 
Between .100 and .900 
(b) 
Between .050 and .100 
(c) 
Between .025 and .050 
(d) 
Between .010 and .025 
(e) 
Between .005 and .010 
Solution: a Past performance 1991 Dec  77% (e11%)
9. Which of the following is NOT CORRECT?
(a) 
The children were crossclassiﬁed by sex and emotion associated with red. Each child was counted in one and only one cell. 
(b) 
The null hypothesis is that the type of emotion associated with red is independent of the sex of the child. 
(c) 
The null hypothesis is that the proportion of emotions associated with red is the same for both sexes. 
(d) 
All expected cell counts should be greater than ﬁve in order that the distribution of the test statistic is an approximate chisquare distribution. 
(e) 
If we reject the null hypothesis than we have proven that the two sexes associate red with emotions in diﬀerent ways. 
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Solution: e Past performance 1991 Apr  76% (C12%) Past performance 1991 Dec  77% (c9%, d12%) Past performance 1993 Feb  67% (d16%)
10. Which of the following is not correct?
(a) 
A lower percentage of female students associate the emotion “anger” with the color red than do male students. 
(b) 
More students associate the color red with the emotion “love” than with the emotion “anger”. 
(c) 
Each student was classiﬁed by gender and by emotion association. Each student was counted in one and only one cell. 
(d) 
We will be unable to compute a correlation for this data because the variables are not both interval or ratio in scale. 
(e) 
We compute row or column percentages by dividing the cell count by the table total (214). 
Solution: e Past performance 1993 Feb  67% (d16%) Past performance 1996 Oct  92%
11. A Type I error would be committed if:
(a) 
We conclude that the sex of the child and the emotion associated with red are independent when in fact they are not independent. 
(b) 
We conclude that the sex of the child and the emotion associated with red are not independent when in fact they are not independent. 
(c) 
We conclude that the proportion of emotions associated with red diﬀers between males and female when in fact they are the same. 
(d) 
We conclude that the proportion of emotions associated with red is the same for male and female when in fact they are the same. 
(e) 
We fail to ﬁnd any association between the color red and emotions for either sex. 
Solution: c Past performance 1991 Apr  76% (E20%) Past performance 1991 Dec  84% Past performance 1997 Aug  76%
12. The null hypothesis is:
(a) emotional association with red is independent of gender
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(b) 
gender is dependent upon the emotional association with red 
(c) 
the probability of selecting an emotion with red is related to gender 
(d) 
the number of children in each cell does not depend upon gender nor upon emotion 
(e) 
the color red is independent of the emotion associated with it and with gender. 
Solution: c Past performance 1997 Aug  74%
13. The test statistic and approximate pvalue is:
(a) 
4.661 .1983 
(b) 
4.661 .3966 
(c) 
4.629 .2011 
(d) 
4.629 .4022 
(e) 
4.629 .1006 
Solution: b Past performance 1997 Aug  76%
14. Each person in a random sample of 50 was asked to state his/her sex and preferred colour. The resulting frequencies are shown below.
Colour 

Red 
Blue 
Green 

Male 
5 
14 
6 

Sex 
Female 
15 
6 
4 
A chisquare test is used to test the null hypothesis that sex and preferred colour are independent. Which of the following statements is a correct decision about the null hypothesis?
(a) 
Reject at the 0.005 level. 
(b) 
Reject at the 0.01 level but not at the 0.005 level. 
(c) 
Reject at the 0.025 level but not at the 0.01 level. 
(d) 
Reject at the 0.05 level but not at the 0.025 level. 
(e) 
Accept at the 0.05 level. 
Solution: not available
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15. The following data were obtained from a company which manufactures
special plastic containers which are to hold a speciﬁed volume of hazardous material. On each of the three 8 hour shifts workers are able to make 500
of the containers. Some containers do not meet speciﬁcations as required
by the company’s customer because they are too small, others because
they are too large.
Conformance to Specification
Shift 
Too Small 
Within Spec. 
Too Large 
8am 
36 
452 
12 
4pm 
24 
443 
33 
midnight 
12 
438 
50 
If conformance to speciﬁcations is independent of shift, the expected num
ber of containers that meet speciﬁcation on the 4pm shift is
(a) 
166.7 
(b) 
443 
(c) 
33 
(d) 
444.3 
(e) 
500 
Solution: not available
16. Are all employees equally prone to having accidents? To investigate this hypothesis, Parry (1985) looked at a light manufacturing plant and clas siﬁed the accidents by type and by age of the employee.
Accident Type
Age 
Sprain 
Burn 
Cut 

Under 25 
 
9 
17 
5 
25 or over 
 
61 
13 
12 
A chisquare test gave a teststatistic of 20.78. If we test at α =.05:
(a) 
There appears to be no association between accident type and age. 
(b) 
Age seems to be independent of accident type. 
(c) 
Accident type does not seem to be independent of age. 
(d) 
There appears to be a 20.78% correlation between accident type and age. 
(e) 
The proportion of sprain, cuts and burns seems to be similar for both age classes. 
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Solution: c Past performance 1989 Apr  64%
17. A random sample of 100 members of a union are asked to respond to two questions: Question 1. Are you happy with your ﬁnancial situation? Question 2. Do you approve of the Federal government’s economic poli cies? The responses are:
Question 1.
Yes 
No 
 
Total 

Question 
Yes 
22 
48 
 
70 
2 
No 
12 
18 
 
30 
Total 
34 
66 
 
100 
To test the null hypothesis that response to Question 1 is independent of response to Question 2 at 5% level, the expected frequency for the cell (Yes,Yes) and the critical value of the associated test statistic are:
(a) 
23.8 and 1.96 respectively 
(b) 
10.2 and 3.84 respectively 
(c) 
23.8 and 3.84 respectively 
(d) 
23.8 and 7.81 respectively 
(e) 
10.2 and 7.81 respectively 
Solution: c
18. A survey was conducted to investigate whether alcohol consumption and smoking are related. The following information was compiled for 600 individuals:
Smoker
Nonsmoker
Drinker 
193 
165 
Nondrinker 
89 
153 
Which of the following statements is true?
(a) 
The appropriate alternative hypothesis is A: Smoking and Alcohol Consumption are independent. 
(b) 
The appropriate null hypothesis is H: Smoking and Alcohol Con sumption are not independent. 
(c) 
The calculated value of the test statistic is 3.84. 
(d) 
The calculated value of the test statistic is 7.86. 
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(e) At level .01 we conclude that smoking and alcohol consumption are related.
Solution: e
19. Doctors’ practices have been categorized as to being Urban, Rural, or Intermediate. The number of doctors who prescribed tetracycline to at least one patient under the age of 8 were recorded for each of these practice areas. The results are:
Urban 
Intermediate 
Rural 

Tetracycline 
95 
74 
31 
No tetracycline 
126 
84 
30 
If the county type of practice and the use of tetracycline are independent,
then the expected number of rural doctors who prescribe tetracycline is:
(a)
(b)
(c)
(d)
(e)
31.0
27.7
1.37
51%
62
Solution: b
20. For the problem outlined above, the critical value(table value) of the test statistic when the level of signiﬁcance is α =0.05, is:
(a) 
0.1026 
(b) 
7.3778 
(c) 
5.9915 
(d) 
12.5916 
(e) 
7.8147 
Solution: c
The next set of questions refer to the following situation:
A study was conducted to determine if the fatality rate depends on the
size of the automobile. The analysis of accidents is as follows (with some values hidden):
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DEATH 
SIZE 

FREQUENCY 
m 
 
s  
L 
 
TOTAL 

++++ 

no 
 
63  
128  
46  
237 

++++ 

yes 
 
26  
95  
16  
137 

++++ 

TOTAL 
89 
223 
62 
374 
STATISTICS FOR TABLE OF DEATH BY SIZE
STATISTIC

DF
VALUE
PROB
CHISQUARE 
* 
8.663 
***** 
LIKELIHOOD RATIO CHISQUARE 
* 
8.838 
***** 
21. Under a suitable null hypothesis, the expected frequency for the cell cor responding to fatal type of accident and small size automobile is:
(a) 
81.68 
(b) 
67.00 
(c) 
61.43 
(d) 
63.41 
(e) 
59.72 
Solution: a Past performance 1990 Apr  92%
22. Which of the following is NOT CORRECT?
(a) 
The accidents were crossclassiﬁed by size of automobile and fatality status. Each accident was counted in one and only one cell. 
(b) 
The null hypothesis is that the fatality status is independent of the size of the automobile. 
(c) 
The null hypothesis is that the proportion of fatality status is the same for all three sizes of automobiles. 
(d) 
All expected cell counts should be greater than ﬁve in order that the distribution of the test statistic is an approximate chisquare distribution. 
(e) 
If we reject the null hypothesis than we have proven that the size of the automobile aﬀects the chances of a fatality. 
Solution: e Past performance 1990 Apr  39% (B12%, C36%) Past performance 1990 Dec  20% ( 15%  c, 56%  d)
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23. 
The null hypothesis will be rejected at α =0.05 if the test statistic exceeds: 

(a) 
12.59 

(b) 
7.81 

(c) 
5.99 

(d) 
3.84 

(e) 
9.49 

Solution: c Past performance 1990Apr  79% 

24. 
The approximate pvalue is: 

(a) 
less than .005 

(b) 
between .005 and .010 

(c) 
between .010 and .025 

(d) 
between .025 and .050 

(e) 
between .050 and .100 

Solution: c Past performance 1990 Dec  78% Past performance 1993 Apr  80% 

25. 
A controversial issue in sports is the use of the “instant replay” for making 
decisions on plays that are extremely close or hard to call by an oﬃcial.
A survey of players in each of four professional sports was conducted,
asking them if they felt “instant replays” should be used to decide close or controversial calls. The results are as follows:
Use of Instant Replay
Favor
Oppose
Football 
22 
2 
Baseball 
18 
6 
Basketball 
15 
26 
Soccer 
3 
10 
In 
testing to see whether opinion with respect to the use of instant replays 
is 
independent of sport, a table of expected frequencies is found. In this 
table, the expected number of professional baseball players opposing the
use of instant replays is equal to:
(a)
(b)
10.4
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(c)
(d)
(e)
11.0
6.0
8.4
Solution: not available
26. Each person in a random sample of males and females was asked to state his/her sex and preferred colour. The resulting frequencies are shown below.
Colour 

Red 
Blue 
Green 

Male 
3 
11 
6 

Sex 
Female 
17 
11 
2 
Which of the following is FALSE?
(a) 
55% of males prefer the colour blue. 
(b) 
Of those who prefer the colour green, 75% are males. 
(c) 
44% of people surveyed prefer the colour blue. 
(d) 
A higher percentage of males prefered the colour blue than females. 
(e) 
15% of people are males who prefer the colour red. 
Solution: e Past performance 2006 Oct  76% (16%=d)
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