Statistics: T-test: Testing hypotheses – #375


Question: A number of minor automobile accidents occur at various high-risk intersections in Teton County despite traffic lights. The Traffic Department claims that a modification in the type of light will reduce these accidents. The county commissioners have agreed to a proposed experiment. Eight intersections were chosen at random and the lights at those intersections were modified. The numbers of minor accidents during a six-month period before and after the modifications were:

Number of Accidents

A B C D E F G H

Before Modification 5 7 6 4 8 9 8 10

After Modification 3 7 7 0 4 6 8 2

At the .01 significance level is it reasonable to conclude that the modification reduced the number of traffic accidents?

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