Oracle® Database SQL Reference 10g Release 1 (10.1) Part Number B1075901 


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The ttest functions are:
STATS_T_TEST_PAIRED
: A twosample, paired ttest (also known as a crossed ttest)
STATS_T_TEST_INDEP
: A ttest of two independent groups with the same variance (pooled variances)
STATS_T_TEST_INDEPU
: A ttest of two independent groups with unequal variance (unpooled variances)
The ttest measures the significance of a difference of means. You can use it to compare the means of two groups or the means of one group with a constant. The STATS_T_TEST_
* functions take three arguments: two expressions and a return value of type VARCHAR2
. The functions return one number, determined by the value of the third argument. If you omit the third argument, the default is TWO_SIDED_SIG
. The meaning of the return values is shown in Table 79.
Table 79 STATS_T_TEST_* Return Values
Return Value  Meaning 

STATISTIC 
The observed value of t 
DF 
Degree of freedom 
ONE_SIDED_SIG 
Onetailed significance of t 
TWO_SIDED_SIG 
Twotailed significance of t 
The significance of the observed value of t is the probability that the value of t would have been obtained by chance—a number between 0 and 1. The smaller the value, the more significant the difference between the means.
The degree of freedom depends on the type of ttest that resulted in the observed value of t. For example, for a onesample ttest (STATS_T_TEST_ONE
), the degree of freedom is the number of observations in the sample minus 1.
In the STATS_T_TEST_ONE
function, expr1
is the sample and expr2
is the constant mean against which the sample mean is compared. This function obtains the value of t by dividing the difference between the sample mean and the known mean by the standard error of the mean (rather than the standard error of the difference of the means, as for STATS_T_TEST_PAIRED
).
The following example determines the significance of the difference between the average list price and the constant value 60:
SELECT AVG(prod_list_price) group_mean, STATS_T_TEST_ONE(prod_list_price, 60, 'STATISTIC') t_observed, STATS_T_TEST_ONE(prod_list_price, 60) two_sided_p_value FROM sh.products; GROUP_MEAN T_OBSERVED TWO_SIDED_P_VALUE    139.545556 2.32107746 .023158537
In the STATS_T_TEST_PAIRED
function, expr1
and expr2
are the two samples whose means are being compared. This function obtains the value of t by dividing the difference between the sample means by the standard error of the difference of the means (rather than the standard error of the mean, as for STATS_T_TEST_ONE
).
In the STATS_T_TEST_INDEP
and STATS_T_TEST_INDEPU
functions, expr1
is the grouping column and expr2
is the sample of values. The pooled variances version (STATS_T_TEST_INDEP
) tests whether the means are the same or different for two distributions that have similar variances. The unpooled variances version (STATS_T_TEST_INDEPU
) tests whether the means are the same or different even if the two distributions are known to have significantly different variances.
Before using these functions, it is advisable to determine whether the variances of the samples are significantly different. If they are, then the data may come from distributions with different shapes, and the difference of the means may not be very useful. You can perform an ftest to determine the difference of the variances. If they are not significantly different, use STATS_T_TEST_INDEP
. If they are significantly different, use STATS_T_TEST_INDEPU
. Please refer to STATS_F_TEST for information on performing an ftest.
The following example determines the significance of the difference between the average sales to men and women where the distributions are assumed to have similar (pooled) variances:
SELECT SUBSTR(cust_income_level, 1, 22) income_level, AVG(DECODE(cust_gender, 'M', amount_sold, null)) sold_to_men, AVG(DECODE(cust_gender, 'F', amount_sold, null)) sold_to_women, STATS_T_TEST_INDEP(cust_gender, amount_sold, 'STATISTIC') t_observed, STATS_T_TEST_INDEP(cust_gender, amount_sold) two_sided_p_value FROM sh.customers c, sh.sales s WHERE c.cust_id = s.cust_id GROUP BY ROLLUP(cust_income_level); INCOME_LEVEL SOLD_TO_MEN SOLD_TO_WOMEN T_OBSERVED TWO_SIDED_P_VALUE      A: Below 30,000 105.28349 99.4281447 1.9880629 .046811482 B: 30,000  49,999 102.59651 109.829642 3.04330875 .002341053 C: 50,000  69,999 105.627588 110.127931 2.36148671 .018204221 D: 70,000  89,999 106.630299 110.47287 2.28496443 .022316997 E: 90,000  109,999 103.396741 101.610416 1.2544577 .209677823 F: 110,000  129,999 106.76476 105.981312 .60444998 .545545304 G: 130,000  149,999 108.877532 107.31377 .85298245 .393671218 H: 150,000  169,999 110.987258 107.152191 1.9062363 .056622983 I: 170,000  189,999 102.808238 107.43556 2.18477851 .028908566 J: 190,000  249,999 108.040564 115.343356 2.58313425 .009794516 K: 250,000  299,999 112.377993 108.196097 1.4107871 .158316973 L: 300,000 and above 120.970235 112.216342 2.0642868 .039003862 107.121845 113.80441 .686144393 .492670059 106.663769 107.276386 1.08013499 .280082357 14 rows selected.
The following example determines the significance of the difference between the average sales to men and women where the distributions are known to have significantly different (unpooled) variances:
SELECT SUBSTR(cust_income_level, 1, 22) income_level, AVG(DECODE(cust_gender, 'M', amount_sold, null)) sold_to_men, AVG(DECODE(cust_gender, 'F', amount_sold, null)) sold_to_women, STATS_T_TEST_INDEPU(cust_gender, amount_sold, 'STATISTIC') t_observed, STATS_T_TEST_INDEPU(cust_gender, amount_sold) two_sided_p_value FROM sh.customers c, sh.sales s WHERE c.cust_id = s.cust_id GROUP BY ROLLUP(cust_income_level); INCOME_LEVEL SOLD_TO_MEN SOLD_TO_WOMEN T_OBSERVED TWO_SIDED_P_VALUE      A: Below 30,000 105.28349 99.4281447 2.0542592 .039964704 B: 30,000  49,999 102.59651 109.829642 2.96922332 .002987742 C: 50,000  69,999 105.627588 110.127931 2.3496854 .018792277 D: 70,000  89,999 106.630299 110.47287 2.26839281 .023307831 E: 90,000  109,999 103.396741 101.610416 1.2603509 .207545662 F: 110,000  129,999 106.76476 105.981312 .60580011 .544648553 G: 130,000  149,999 108.877532 107.31377 .85219781 .394107755 H: 150,000  169,999 110.987258 107.152191 1.9451486 .051762624 I: 170,000  189,999 102.808238 107.43556 2.14966921 .031587875 J: 190,000  249,999 108.040564 115.343356 2.54749867 .010854966 K: 250,000  299,999 112.377993 108.196097 1.4115514 .158091676 L: 300,000 and above 120.970235 112.216342 2.0726194 .038225611 107.121845 113.80441 .689462437 .490595765 106.663769 107.276386 1.07853782 .280794207 14 rows selected.