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Unformatted text preview: Statistics 511: Statistical Methods Dr. Levine Purdue University Spring 2011 Lecture 11: Random Samples Devore: Section 5.35.4 March, 2011 Page 1 Statistics 511: Statistical Methods Dr. Levine Purdue University Spring 2011 Definition of a Statistic • A statistic is any quantity whose value can be calculated from sample data. Prior to obtaining data, there is uncertainty as to what value of any particular statistic will result. • A statistic is a random variable denoted by an uppercase letter; a lowercase letter is used to represent the calculated or observed value of the statistic. March, 2011 Page 2 Statistics 511: Statistical Methods Dr. Levine Purdue University Spring 2011 • Example Consider a sample of n = 3 cars of a particular type; their fuel efficiencies may be x 1 = 30 . 7 mpg, x 2 = 29 . 4 mpg, x 3 = 31 . 1 mpg. • It may also be x 1 = 28 . 8 mpg, x 2 = 30 . mpg and x 3 = 31 . 1 mpg • This implies that the value of the mean ¯ X is different in these cases. Clearly, ¯ X is a statistic. The first sample has the mean ¯ X 1 = 30 . 4 mpg and the second one has ¯ X 2 ≈ 30 mpg March, 2011 Page 3 Statistics 511: Statistical Methods Dr. Levine Purdue University Spring 2011 Statistic Examples • A sample mean ¯ X of the sample X 1 ,...,X n is a statistic; ¯ x is one of its possible values • The value of the sample mean from any particular sample can be regarded as a point estimate of the population μ . • Another example is the sample standard deviation S , while s is its computed value • Yet another example is the difference between the sample means for two different populations ¯ X ¯ Y March, 2011 Page 4 Statistics 511: Statistical Methods Dr. Levine Purdue University Spring 2011 Sampling distribution • Each statistic is a random variable and, as such, has its own distribution • Consider two samples of size n = 2 ; if X 1 = X 2 = 0 , ¯ X = 0 with probability P ( X 1 = 0 ∩ X 2 = 0)...
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