Complete the following steps to interpret a chi-square goodness-of-fit test. Key output includes the p-value and a bar chart of expected and observed values.

Use the p-value to determine whether to reject or fail to reject the null hypothesis, which states that the population proportions in each category are consistent with the specified values in each category.

To determine whether the observed values from the sample and expected values from the specified distribution are statistically different, compare the p-value to the significance level. Usually, a significance level (denoted as α or alpha) of 0.05 works well. A significance level of 0.05 indicates a 5% risk of incorrectly rejecting the null hypothesis.

- P-value ≤ α: The observed data are statistically different from the expected values (Reject H
_{0}) - If the p-value is less than or equal to the significance level, you reject the null hypothesis and conclude that the data does not follow a distribution with certain proportions. Use your specialized knowledge to determine whether the difference is practically significant.
- P-value > α: You cannot conclude that the observed data are statistically different from the expected values (Fail to reject H
_{0}) - If the p-value is larger than the significance level, you fail to reject the null hypothesis because you do not have enough evidence to conclude that the data do not follow the distribution with specified proportions. However, you cannot conclude that the distributions are the same. A difference might exist, but your test might not have enough power to detect it.

N | DF | Chi-Sq | P-Value |
---|---|---|---|

225 | 3 | 0.648148 | 0.885 |

In these results, the p-value is 0.885. Because the p-value is greater than the chosen α value of 0.05, you fail to reject the null hypothesis. Therefore, you cannot conclude that observed proportions are significantly different from the specified proportions.

Use a bar chart that plots the observed and expected values for each category to determine whether there is a difference in a particular category.