The manager of a lumber yard wants to assess the performance of a saw mill that cuts beams that are supposed to be 100 cm long. The manager takes a sample of 50 beams from the saw mill and measures their lengths.

The manager performs a 1 variance test to determine whether the standard deviation of the saw mill is different from 1.

- Open the sample data, BeamLength.MTW.
- Choose .
- From the drop-down list, select One or more samples, each in a column and enter Length.
- Select Perform hypothesis test and enter
`1`in Value. - Click OK.

Because a previous analysis showed that the data does not appear to come from a normal distribution, the manager uses the confidence interval for the Bonett method. The 95% confidence interval shows that a likely range for the population standard deviation of the length of all beams is 0.704 cm and 1.121 cm. A likely range for the population variance is 0.496 cm and 1.257 cm. Because the p-value is greater than 0.05, the manager cannot conclude that the population standard deviation is different from 1.

Method
σ: standard deviation of Length
The Bonett method is valid for any continuous distribution.
The chi-square method is valid only for the normal distribution.

Descriptive Statistics
95% CI for σ
95% CI for σ using
N StDev Variance using Bonett Chi-Square
50 0.871 0.759 (0.704, 1.121) (0.728, 1.085)

Test
Null hypothesis H₀: σ = 1
Alternative hypothesis H₁: σ ≠ 1

Test
Method Statistic DF P-Value
Bonett — — 0.275
Chi-Square 37.17 49 0.215