August 25, 2014 5 Comments
The chi-squared test of independence is one of the most basic and common hypothesis tests in the statistical analysis of categorical data. Given 2 categorical random variables, and , the chi-squared test of independence determines whether or not there exists a statistical dependence between them. Formally, it is a hypothesis test with the following null and alternative hypotheses:
If you’re not familiar with probabilistic independence and how it manifests in categorical random variables, watch my video on calculating expected counts in contingency tables using joint and marginal probabilities. For your convenience, here is another video that gives a gentler and more practical understanding of calculating expected counts using marginal proportions and marginal totals.