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Slide 20 Interval Estimation of a Population Mean: SmallSample Case (n < 30)
s s s If the variable of the population is not normally distributed: • The only option is to increase the sample size to n > 30 and use the largesample intervalestimation procedures. If the variable of the population is normally distributed and σ is known: • The largesample intervalestimation procedure can be used. If the variable of the population is normally distributed and σ is unknown: • The appropriate interval estimate is based on a probability distribution known as the t distribution. • Note: Even n ≥ 30, you should still use t if the σ is unknown. Slide 21 t Distribution
s s s s s The t distribution is a family of similar probability distributions. A specific t distribution depends on a parameter known as the degrees of freedom. As the number of degrees of f...
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