Statistics in context3

Statistics in context3 - for the survey could not have been...

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Statistics in context #3 The advertisement that I used for this stats in context came from the October 2006 issue of Christianity today on page 21 of the issue. It stated quite simply that 1 out of 5 Christians came to know Christ through a friend. The advertisement itself contained only a website at the bottom of the picture that would supposedly provide the source for this statistic. However it was not so and required some research and email correspondence in order to try and obtain where the statistic was acquired. Unfortunately the correspondent that I had contacted did not email me back with information regarding the statistic and further research of the website was required. From the website I was able to gather that the statistic came from the use of a survey of certain Christians in a given church however I could not acquire the name of the church that was used. From the information that I had gathered I was able to infer that the sample used
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Unformatted text preview: for the survey could not have been very large. It seems in this case that the researcher may have used a convenience survey. From this inference it can be gathered that the statistic is not very valid because the sample was so small and the subjects used were all oriented in the same church and may have attended together for a long period of time. Because of the simplicity of the question asked the statistic does not do much to convince a more educated researcher of the statistic but may serve the overall purpose of presenting to Christians that many people do come to know Christ through the help of a friend or family member. Although it does not hold much validity with further research, a reader who simply glances over the statistic may be influenced much more so than one who discovers how the statistic was actually acquired....
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course EB 101 taught by Professor Odell during the Spring '08 term at Westmont.

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