test for mean based on normal distribution, one or two samples
In the case of two samples, the samples are assumed to be independent.
- x1array_like, 1-D or 2-D
first of the two independent samples
- x2array_like, 1-D or 2-D
second of the two independent samples
In the one sample case, value is the mean of x1 under the Null hypothesis. In the two sample case, value is the difference between mean of x1 and mean of x2 under the Null hypothesis. The test statistic is x1_mean - x2_mean - value.
The alternative hypothesis, H1, has to be one of the following
‘two-sided’: H1: difference in means not equal to value (default) ‘larger’ : H1: difference in means larger than value ‘smaller’ : H1: difference in means smaller than value
str, ‘pooled’ or ‘unequal’
pooled, then the standard deviation of the samples is assumed to be the same. If
unequal, then the standard deviation of the sample is assumed to be different.
Degrees of freedom use in the calculation of the variance of the mean estimate. In the case of comparing means this is one, however it can be adjusted for testing other statistics (proportion, correlation)
usevar can be pooled or unequal in two sample case