Main content

### Course: AP®︎/College Statistics > Unit 13

Lesson 2: Testing for the slope of a regression model# Using a confidence interval to test slope

Using confidence interval for hypothesis test on regression slope.

## Want to join the conversation?

- So because 0 was not in the interval, we reject the null hypothesis?(6 votes)
- Yes! Because we are 95 percent confident that there is a positive linear relationship above 0. The probability we are wrong is 0.05 or less, exactly the significance level. A lot of students actually commented on this before- that confidence intervals and significance levels in hypothesis testing are two sides of the same coin.(8 votes)

- I'm a bit confused. Does that mean that if we had a 90% confidence interval we wouldn't be able to reject the null hypothesis ? Thank you(3 votes)
- A 90% confidence interval is narrower than a 95% confidence interval.

This means that even if 𝛽 = 0 isn't included in the 90% c.i., it may be included in the 95% c.i.

Thereby we can't reject 𝐻₀ based on what the 90% c.i. tells us.(2 votes)

## Video transcript

- [Instructor] Hashem obtained
a random sample of students and noticed a positive linear relationship between their ages and
their backpack weights. A 95% confidence interval for the slope of the regression line was
0.39 plus or minus 0.23. Hashem wants to use this interval to test the null hypothesis that the true slope of the population regression line, so this is a population
parameter right here for the slope of the
population regression line, is equal to zero versus
the alternative hypothesis is that the true slope of the
population regression line is not equal to zero at
the alpha is equal to 0.05 level of significance. Assume that all conditions
for inference have been met. So given the information that we just have about what Hashem is doing,
what would be his conclusion? Would he reject the null hypothesis, which would suggest the alternative? Or would have be unable to
reject the null hypothesis? Well let's just think
about this a little bit. We have a 95% confidence interval, let me write this down, so our 95% confidence interval, we could write it like this or you could say that it
goes from 0.39 minus 0.23, so that'd be 0.16, it goes from 0.16 until 0.39 plus 0.23 is going to be 0.62. Now what a 95% confidence
interval tells us is that 95% of the time
that we take a sample and we construct a 95% confidence interval that 95% of the time we do this, it should overlap with the
true population parameter that we are trying to estimate. But in this hypothesis test, remember, we're assuming that the
true population parameter is equal to zero and that does not overlap with this confidence interval. So assuming, let me write this down, assuming null hypothesis is true, we are in the less than or equal to 5% chance of situations where beta not overlap with 95% intervals. And the whole notion of
hypothesis testing is you assume the null hypothesis, you take your sample, and
then if you get statistics, if the probability of
getting those statistics for something even more
extreme than those statistics is less than your significance level, then you reject the null hypothesis and that's exactly what's happening here. This null hypothesis value
is nowhere even close to overlapping, it's over 0.16ths below the low end of this bound. And so because of that, we
would reject the null hypothesis which suggests the alternative, which suggests the alternative hypothesis and one way to interpret
this alternative hypothesis that beta is not equal to zero is that there is a non zero linear relationship between ages and backpack weights. And we are done.