- Thread starter Magnetar
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But really it sounds like you need to understand what a test statistic is in general.

Alternately, some argue that p values (hypothesis tests) are invalid and that the effect size is what matters. What is large enough to make a difference is not an absolute value. It depends on the question, your assumptions, and the like.

We will discuss later that a value of W near one is an incidence that the underlying sample is

actually normally distributed, while by getting a small value of W we tend to reject the null

hypothesis of a normal distribution."

Finally I 've found it, it seems guys here know nothing about it. Naukowcy za grosze.

So the p-value is obtained by looking at the probability that W is less than or equal to the observed value of W. This can be computed through some approximation or possibly by simulation - it depends on how the program decided to implement it.

Why is the observed value of W included in SPSS output? Because it's calculated and some people might be interested in it. I can't provide any more information than that but I don't see why it shouldn't be provided.

I posted the wikipedia link because you just asked "what it means" and it talks about that slightly. You never really explained what you meant by that though and it's hard to read your mind. You don't seem interested in understanding what test statistics are actually used for so I figured I'd provide a link that gives some details and you might be able to answer some questions yourself since it wasn't clear to me exactly what you wanted.

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