In this tutorial we will show how you can get the Power of Test when you apply Hypothesis Testing with Binomial Distribution. Before we provide the example let’s recall that is the Type I, and Type II errors.

**Type I error**

This is the probability to reject the null hypothesis, given that the null hypothesis is true. This is the level of significance α and in statistics is usually set to 5%

**Type II error**

This is the probability to accept the null hypothesis, given that the null hypothesis is false. In statistics, the Type II error is the **β** and is usually around 20%.

**Power of Test**

This is the probability to reject the null hypothesis, given that the null hypothesis is false. In statistics, we call it Power of γ and it is equal to 1-β and usually it takes values around 80%.

The table below summaries what we said above:

**Power of a test**

the power indicates the probability of avoiding a type II error and can be written as:

\(Power = P_r(H_1 | H_1)\)

Power analysis can be used to calculate the minimum sample size required to detect a statistical significance in Hypothesis Testing. The factors which affect the power are:

- The level of significance α, known as Type I Error.
- The difference of the observed and the theoretical value of the population in hypothesis testing.
- The sample size.

## Power of Test: One-Sided Hypothesis Testing of Binomial Distribution

**Problem**: We took a sample of **24** people and we found that **13** of them are smokers. Can we claim that the proportion of smokers in the population is at least **35%** at a 5% level of significance? What is the Power of Test?

**Solution**:

The problem can be formulated as follows:

\(H_0: p \leq 0.35\)

\(H_1: p \geq 0.35\)

The first thing that we should do is to find the critical value. We reject the null hypothesis for every value which is equal to or greater than the critical value. We can find it in different ways. Let’s get find the critical value with a for loop using the `binom.test`

function.

x<-13 n<-24 p_test<-0.35 alpha<-0.05 critical<-NULL for (i in c(0:n)) { if (binom.test(i, n, p=p_test, "greater")$p.value<alpha) { critical<-i break } } critical

**Output:**

[1] 13

**Alternatively**, we could have solved by calculating the quantile function which is the inverse CDF it as follows:

qbinom(0.95, 24, 0.35)

**Output:**

[1] 12

But we want the critical value to be greater than the value of the inverse CDF due to the discreteness of binomial distribution. So the critical value is **13**. We can confirm it by summing up the probabilities using the PDF as follows:

sum(dbinom(13:24, 24, 0.35))

**Output:**

[1] 0.04225307

Note that the `sum(dbinom(12:24, 24, 0.35))`

is `0.09422976`

greater than 0.05.

**Calculate the Power of Test**

Since we have found the critical value which is 13, let’s try to calculate the Power of Test γ. So we want to calculate the probability:

\(Power = P_r(X \geq c | n=24, p=13/24)= 1- P_r(X \geq (c-1) | n=24, p=13/24) = 1- P_r(X \leq12 | n=24, p=13/24)\)

Where \(X\) follows the binomial distribution, \(c\) is the critical value and \(p=13/24\) is the observed probability. We can easily calculate the power of test in R as follows:

1 - pbinom(critical-1, n, x/n)

**Output**:

[1] 0.5830354

**Hence, the Power of Test is 58.30%**

## Power of Test: Two-Sided Hypothesis Testing of Binomial Distribution

**Problem**: We took a sample of **24** people and we found that **13** of them are smokers. Can we claim that the proportion of smokers in the population is **35%** at a 5% level of significance? What is the Power of Test?

**Solution**:

The problem can be formulated as follows:

\(H_0: p = 0.35\)

\(H_1: p \neq 0.35\)

The first thing that we should do is to find the critical value. Since the test is two sided, we need to find two critical values. The `critacal_minus`

and the `critical_plus`

. Again we can work with the `binom.test`

function. We will do two one-sided tests. A “greater” and a “less” as follows:

Note that the α is 0.05/2 since we are doing a two-sided test.

# two sided x<-13 n<-24 p_test<-0.35 alpha<-0.05 critical_plus<-NULL for (i in c(0:n)) { if (binom.test(i, n, p=p_test, "greater")$p.value<alpha/2) { critical_plus<-i break } } critical_plus critical_minus<-NULL for (i in c(n:0)) { if (binom.test(i, n, p=p_test, "less")$p.value<alpha/2) { critical_minus<-i break } } critical_minus

**And we get as critical_minus and critical_plus the values 3 and 14 respectively**. Alternatively, we could have used the inverse PDF as follows:

# critical minus qbinom(0.025, 24, 0.35)-1 [1] 3 # critical plus qbinom(0.975, 24, 0.35)+1 [1] 14

You can confirm that the critical values are correct since the probability beyond the critical values does not exceed the 0.05:

sum(dbinom(0:critical_minus, n, p_test))+sum(dbinom(critical_plus:n, n, p_test)) [1] 0.02968141

**Calculate the Power of Test**

Now we are ready to calculate the Power of Test. We will calculate it for both critical values and then we will add up the probabilities.

**Critical Minus**

\(Power = P_r(X \leq c_{minus} | n=24, p=13/24) = P_r(X \leq3 | n=24, p=13/24)\). Using R we get:

power_minus<-pbinom(critical_minus, n, x/n) power_minus [1] 2.773643e-05

**Critical Plus**

\(Power = P_r(X \geq c_{plus} | n=24, p=13/24)= 1- P_r(X \geq (c_{plus}-1) | n=24, p=13/24) = 1- P_r(X \leq13 | n=24, p=13/24)\). Using R we get:

power_plus<-1-pbinom(critical_plus-1, n, x/n) power_plus [1] 0.4213083

**Power of the Test**

Now, by adding the `power_minus`

and the `power_plus`

we get the power of the two-sided test with binomial distribution which is** 42.13%**:

power_minus+power_plus [1] 0.421336

## 1 thought on “How to Get the Power of Test in Hypothesis Testing with Binomial Distribution”

I wonder, if there is an error the equation that determines the test power of the last example: 1 – Pr(X ≤ (cplus-1)|n=24, p=13/24). Since the probability of the counter event is calculated, the relation symbol should inverted.