A t-test is one of the most frequently used procedures in statistics.
But even people who frequently use t-tests often don’t know exactly what happens when their data are wheeled away and operated upon behind the curtain using statistical software like Minitab.
It’s worth taking a quick peek behind that curtain.
Because if you know how a t-test works, you can understand what your results really mean. You can also better grasp why your study did (or didn’t) achieve “statistical significance.”
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