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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 4 Statistics Statistics are everywhere! 4.1 Population, Sample, and Data Definition. Statistics is the science of collecting, organizing, and summarizing data in such a way that valid conclusions and meaningful predictions can be drawn from them. Descriptive statistics organizing and summarizing data Inferential statistics Estimation and decision making 4.1.1 Population versus Sample Definition (Population) . The set of entire collection of individuals or objects under study is called the popula tion. Collection of data from every member of the population, allows a question about the population to be definitively answered; may be expensive, time consuming, impractical, or sometimes impossible. Definition (Sample) . A sample is a subset (portion) of the population, selected for study in some prescribed manner. Using sample data rather than population data is more practical than a census. gives variable results with some possibility of a wrong conclusion being adopted. A good sample is representative of the population from which it was taken. Example 1: There is a small company with 8 employees whose ages are 53 32 61 27 39 44 49 57. The average age of these employees 54 If we take a sample of three employees from this company and calculate the average age of those three employees. Suppose the three values included in the sample are 32, 39, and 57. Then the mean age for this sample is If we take a second sample of three employees from this company, the value of...
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This note was uploaded on 02/05/2012 for the course MAT 110 taught by Professor Staff during the Summer '08 term at S. Alabama.
 Summer '08
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 Math, Statistics

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