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Unformatted text preview: Ch. 23  CI for a Population Mean common situation is that is unknown, so the sample data must estimate it. Recall n Y Z / = . We now have t n s Y Z = / , where t is a diff. standardized variable. The value of s may not be all that close to , especially when n is small. Consequently, there is extra variability and the distribution of t is more spread out than the z curve. tdistributions : As with normal curves, there exists a family of tcurves. The normal distribution has 2 parameters: and ; the tdistribution has a single parameter: degrees of freedom ( df ). Range of t : similar to range of z ; range of df : 1, 2, 3, , Properties of the tdistribution : 1. The tcurve, with any fixed df , is bellshaped and centered at 0 (just like zcurve). 2. Each tcurve is more spread out than the zcurve. t /2 > z /2 3. As df increases, the spread of corresponding tcurve decreases. 4. As df increases, the corresponding sequence of tcurves approaches the zcurve. Let y 1 , y 2 , , y n constitute a random sample from a normal population distribution. Then the probability distribution of the standardized variable n s Y t / = ~...
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 Winter '10
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