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I'm trying to determine the effect of taking a training course on various aspects of being a good quality worker. I have pre-test and post-test data on 7 different ways job performance can be viewed. I'm currently performing 7 different paired samples t-tests on the data, to see the effect on each individual aspect. Is there a test to calculate the overall effect on job performance (by comparing all 7 aspects at once)? I'm trying to use SPSS but not sure how to proceed.

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    $\begingroup$ Did abhinavkulkarni answer your question? If so, please mark that answer as accepted. Otherwise, please clarify your question. $\endgroup$ – russellpierce Mar 6 '13 at 21:51
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You need to first spell out what amounts to "overall improvement". If "overall improvement" means improvement in each of the aspects then your test is essentially AND of individual tests. i.e.

Suppose your model is:

$ improvement = \beta_0 + \beta_1\cdot x_1 + ... + \beta_7\cdot x_7 + training*(\delta_0 + \delta_1\cdot x_1 + ... + \delta_7\cdot x_7) $

where $training$ is a binary indicator whether training was received or not. The parameters of this model are $\vec{\theta} = (\beta_0, ..., \beta_7, \delta_0, ..., \delta_7)^T$. Say $\vec{\theta}_\delta = (\delta_0, ..., \delta_7)^T$

Then as you mentioned you can individually test for:

$H_0: \delta_i\ vs\ H_a: \delta_i <= 0, \forall i \in (1, 7)$.

However if you wish to test for all of them simultaneously, then you are essentially testing for:

$H_0: \vec{\theta}_\delta > \vec{0}\ vs\ H_a: \vec{\theta}_\delta <= 0$

Now, you can easily find the estimates $\vec{\hat{\theta}_\delta}$ of $\vec{\theta}_\delta$ and $\hat{\sigma}\{\vec{\theta}_\delta\}$.

Also,

$\frac{\vec{\hat{\theta}_\delta} - \vec{\theta}_\delta}{\hat{\sigma}\{\vec{\theta}_\delta\}} \sim t_{df}$ and $\frac{\vec{\hat{\theta}_\delta}}{\hat{\sigma}\{\vec{\theta}_\delta\}} \stackrel{H_0}{\sim} t_{df}$

Thus, all you need is a simple one-sided t-test.

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