[R] one sample t-test

Karsten Rincke Karsten.Rincke at physik.uni-regensburg.de
Sun Feb 24 20:04:24 CET 2013

I am reasoning about a question concerning the t-test for one sample. My
data includes 150 values (mean 10.07) which I want to compare to mu=9. A
tow-sided t-test yields

> t.test(data,mu=9)

	One Sample t-test

data:  data
t = 3.0099, df = 149, p-value = 0.00307
alternative hypothesis: true mean is not equal to 9
95 percent confidence interval:
  9.368676 10.777991
sample estimates:
mean of x

The result would be interpreted as being significant. Furthermore it can
be said that the true mean is greater than 9 because of the confidence
*My question is*: Why does it seem to be not possible to conduct a
t-test with option "greater"? The result I get is:

> t.test(data,"greater",mu=9)
Fehler in t.test.default(data, "greater", mu = 9) :
  nicht genug 'y' Beobachtungen

R complains about the amount of supplied data.

I'd like to understand this behavior.
Thank you for any hints!

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