# Using CLT for hypothesis testing

I have two not normal distributions (~1k samples in each), looks like exponential:

So, I need to check its means, that's why I have following questions:

1. The easiest way to do it - is to use Mann-Whitney criteria?
2. How to check, is it really exponential distribution? Kolmogorov-Smirnov? But it suits only for standard distr?
3. And is it possible to use CLT for comparison of means: to generate a lot of means using bootstrap from two distr. Accordingly to CLT, means' distributions have to be normal and it becomes possible to use Students criterias. (Presuming, that it is a rather silly question...)
• the CLT is the easiest way to do it, the assumption is that the mean of 1000 samples is approximately normally distributed. then you calculate the standard error etc, just using the variance of the individual samples. ( so you only need to bootstrap if you want to double check that over 1000 samples, the distribution is normal, not to calculate the standard error) Commented Jan 31, 2019 at 14:09