9. Hypothesis Testing III: Power

  1. Todd L. VanPool and
  2. Robert D. Leonard

Published Online: 20 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444390155.ch9

Quantitative Analysis in Archaeology

Quantitative Analysis in Archaeology

How to Cite

VanPool, T. L. and Leonard, R. D. (2010) Hypothesis Testing III: Power, in Quantitative Analysis in Archaeology, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444390155.ch9

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 22 NOV 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405189514

Online ISBN: 9781444390155



  • hypothesis testing III - power;
  • hypothesis testing fundamentals, examining - relationship between Type I and Type II errors;
  • probability of committing - Type II error, a significant issue;
  • caught between, proverbial “rock” and “hard place”;
  • calculating β, simple - null hypothesis's region of acceptance and specific alternate hypotheses defined;
  • archaeologists, interested in differences and similarities - within their data;
  • statistical power, power of a statistical test - derived using formula;
  • power for null hypothesis;
  • calculating power - an archaeological example;
  • coefficient of variation distribution - and pottery assemblages, by specialists and producers


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Calculating β

  • Statistical Power

  • Calculating Power: An Archaeological Example

  • Power Curves

  • Putting it all Together: A Final Overview of Hypothesis Testing