The TTEST Procedure

Example 106.3 Paired Comparisons

When it is not feasible to assume that two groups of data are independent, and a natural pairing of the data exists, it is advantageous to use an analysis that takes the correlation into account. Using this correlation results in higher power to detect existing differences between the means. The differences between paired observations are assumed to be normally distributed. Some examples of this natural pairing are as follows:

  • pre- and post-test scores for a student receiving tutoring

  • fuel efficiency readings of two fuel types observed on the same automobile

  • sunburn scores for two sunblock lotions, one applied to the individual’s right arm, one to the left arm

  • political attitude scores of husbands and wives

In this example, taken from the SUGI Supplemental Library User’s Guide, Version 5 Edition, a stimulus is being examined to determine its effect on systolic blood pressure. Twelve men participate in the study. Each man’s systolic blood pressure is measured both before and after the stimulus is applied. The following statements input the data:

data pressure;
   input SBPbefore SBPafter @@;
120 128   124 131   130 131   118 127
140 132   128 125   140 141   135 137
126 118   130 132   126 129   127 135

The variables SBPbefore and SBPafter denote the systolic blood pressure before and after the stimulus, respectively.

The statements to perform the test follow:

ods graphics on;

proc ttest;
   paired SBPbefore*SBPafter;

ods graphics off;

The PAIRED statement is used to test whether the mean change in systolic blood pressure is significantly different from zero. The tabular output is displayed in Output 106.3.1.

Output 106.3.1: TTEST Results

The TTEST Procedure
Difference: SBPbefore - SBPafter

N Mean Std Dev Std Err Minimum Maximum
12 -1.8333 5.8284 1.6825 -9.0000 8.0000

Mean 95% CL Mean Std Dev 95% CL Std Dev
-1.8333 -5.5365 1.8698 5.8284 4.1288 9.8958

DF t Value Pr > |t|
11 -1.09 0.2992

The variables SBPbefore and SBPafter are the paired variables with a sample size of 12. The summary statistics of the difference are displayed (mean, standard deviation, and standard error) along with their confidence limits. The minimum and maximum differences are also displayed. The t test is not significant (t = –1.09, p = 0.2992), indicating that the stimuli did not significantly affect systolic blood pressure.

The summary panel in Output 106.3.2 shows a histogram, normal and kernel densities, box plot, and 100(1 – $\alpha $)% = 95% confidence interval of the SBPbeforeSBPafter difference.

Output 106.3.2: Summary Panel

Summary Panel

The agreement plot in Output 106.3.3 reveals that only three men have higher blood pressure before the stimulus than after.

Output 106.3.3: Agreement of Treatments

Agreement of Treatments

But the differences for these men are relatively large, keeping the mean difference only slightly negative.

The profiles plot in Output 106.3.4 is a different view of the same information contained in Output 106.3.3, plotting the blood pressure from before to after the stimulus.

Output 106.3.4: Profiles over Treatments

Profiles over Treatments

The Q-Q plot in Output 106.3.5 assesses the normality assumption.

Output 106.3.5: Q-Q Plot

Q-Q Plot

The Q-Q plot shows no obvious deviations from normality. You can check the assumption of normality more rigorously by using PROC UNIVARIATE with the NORMAL option.