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# Researchers want to test the effect of the Paleo diet. They randomly divided 500 volunteers into...

Researchers want to test the effect of the Paleo diet. They randomly divided 500 volunteers into two equal-sized groups (of 250 each). One group spent 6 months on the Paleo diet. The other group received a pamphlet about controlling portion sizes. Randomized treatment assignment was performed, and at the beginning of the study, the average difference in weights between the two groups was about 0. After the study, the Paleo group had lost on average 7 pounds with a standard deviation of 20 pounds while the control group had lost on average 5 pounds with a standard deviation of 12 pounds.

State the null and alternative hypothesis.

Select one:

a. H0: μμP - μμC = 0; HA: μμP - μμC ≠≠ 0

b. H0: μμP - μμC = 0; HA: μμP > μμC

c. H0: μμP - μμC = 0; HA: μμP < μμC

d. All of these are valid

Compute the standard error (SE)

Select one:

a. 1.475127

b. 2.176

c. 4.734976

d. 1.043

Compute the Z score

Select one:

a. 1.36

b. 0.9191

c. 0.4224

d. 1.9175

Compute the p-value.

Select one:

a. 0.1738

b. 0.9131

c. 0.0869

d. 1.0869

The statistical software output for this problem is :

Two sample Z summary hypothesis test:
μ1 : Mean of population 1 (Std. dev. = 20)
μ2 : Mean of population 2 (Std. dev. = 12)
μ1 - μ2 : Difference between two means
H0 : μ1 - μ2 = 0
HA : μ1 - μ2 ≠ 0

Hypothesis test results:

Difference n1 n2 Sample mean Std. err. Z-stat P-value
μ1 - μ2 250 250 2 1.4751271 1.3558154 0.1752

a. H0: μP - μC = 0; HA: μP - μC ≠ 0

standard error (SE) = 1.475127

z score = 1.36

P-value = 0.1738

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