This vignette will make most sense if you are familiar with one
sample and two sample tests. If these are new to you, have a look at
`vignette("one-sample-z-test")`

and
`vignette("two-sample-z-test")`

.

Suppose we’re interested in people’s happiness before and after discovering the #rstats Twitter community. We survey them get before and after happiness scores, using a happiness survey that goes from 0 to 100.

The data looks like this

person | before | after |
---|---|---|

1 | 88 | 80 |

2 | 73 | 78 |

3 | 35 | 56 |

4 | 21 | 28 |

5 | 28 | 26 |

6 | 56 | 50 |

7 | 50 | 39 |

8 | 73 | 67 |

9 | 93 | 98 |

10 | 55 | 63 |

Crucially, since the before measurement and the after measurement are
on the *same person*, we can subtract the before measurement from
the after measurement and do a one sample test on these differences.

One key question is: when should we use paired instead of two sample
tests? Students typically struggle with this, and it’s worth spending
some time thinking about this. In abstract terms, we should use paired
tests when we have *two observations on the same experimental
unit* and two sample tests when we have *two observations on
different experimental units*.

The difficulty here is that it takes some time to become comfortable with experimental units. I recommend memorizing

Some examples where paired tests are appropriate:

- left/right shoe

Some examples where you should use a two sample test:

Also note that we

two sample tests, and when should we use

why pair - power pair if you can memorize and analogize