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  1. ButtMike

    t-test on ancient sacrificial victims' bones: which one?

    I am not entering the dataset correctly. I was able to download the PAST program and tried entering the dataset. I do not see where to define my data. I have made three columns: Column A is the observed totals of each type of bone(listed in the nine rows) in the three areas of the cave...
  2. ButtMike

    t-test on ancient sacrificial victims' bones: which one?

    The "thankfully" line made me chuckle. Thank you for the levity.
  3. ButtMike

    t-test on ancient sacrificial victims' bones: which one?

    Gianmarco, I am trying to set up the data in SPSS and I have become confused. I know the overall bone totals for each type of bone, the expected totals, and the observed totals. When I attempt to enter this info into the crosstabs function I first select "Weight cases" in the Data tab. Should...
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    t-test on ancient sacrificial victims' bones: which one?

    I am on both but I prefer Academia as it seems to be the choice of more archaeological academics. You can find me by searching either site for "buttmike". This nickname has a long story and it is not meant to be offensive. haha My name is Michael Prout. Look at our recent publication titled...
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    t-test on ancient sacrificial victims' bones: which one?

    I hadn't considered the chi-square. This will be my goal this week. Let's see where it takes me. We have determined the overall subadult MNI at a very conservative 53. We will use this as the starting point and take it from there. I own SPSS so no worries. Thanks for the advice as it makes...
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    t-test on ancient sacrificial victims' bones: which one?

    I have a collection of over 10,000 bones and bone fragments collected from a single cave in Belize, most coming from sacrificial victims. This cave is quite large and has eight chambers, six of which yielded bones. However, over 85% of the bones were located in two of the eight chambers. I am...
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    t-test on ancient sacrificial victims' bones: which one?

    Thank you Karabiner. You are completely correct in that the quantities by themselves show a pattern so far off the norm that it makes the use of statistics in this case seem rather meaningless. I simply wish to cover my bases as there are certain to be critiques coming from the audience. There...
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    t-test on ancient sacrificial victims' bones: which one?

    I am trying to determine if the difference between the expected quantity and the actual quantity is significant using SPSS. I have been told I need to use a one-tailed t-test but I am having difficulty trying to ascertain which test is the appropriate test. My research involves quantities of...