Automated hypothesis testing

  • US 8,046,190 B2
  • Filed: 05/21/2010
  • Issued: 10/25/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/11/2006
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A method of automatically applying hypothesis testing to at least one data set, the method comprising using a computer to carry out the steps of:

  • A. selecting a plurality of statistical tests applicable to the at least one data set, the tests having a variety of characteristicsB. establishing conventions associated with each test of the plurality of tests;

    C. determining the test including seeking indications as to at least one characteristic of the data set, generating at least one confirmatory notification in response to the indications, and selecting a test from among the plurality of tests based on the indications and established conventions, and providing a confirmatory notification of the nature of the selected test, the indications and established conventions;

    D. characterizing the data set, including establishing test criteria, selecting an appropriate reference test value depending on the test selected; and

    eliciting an indication of a description of the data of interest;

    E. constructing null and alternative hypothesis statements;

    F. selecting a significance level,G. conducting the selected test including calculating the values of the test statistic, reference values, confidence bounds and p-values, comparing the calculated p-value to the indicated significance level and the value of the test statistic to one or more reference values, and assessing the confidence bounds in view of the null hypothesis statement;

    H. stating a conclusion in terms of the selected test, indicated test criteria and data descriptions whether to reject the null hypothesis or not to reject the null hypothesis and stating the basis for the conclusion using the results of the conducting step.

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