STAT 100 Study Guide - Final Guide: Simple Random Sample, Observational Error, Confidence IntervalPremium
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SchoolSimon Fraser University
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Individuals – objects described by a set of data (ie.
people, animals, things, names, months, time of year,
people in a study).
Variables – characteristics of the individuals. (ie. major,
gpa, average temp, gender, income, bacteria type).
Categorical variables – places individual into groups. (ie.
major, grades, job, gender).
Numerical variables – numerical values for operations to
make sense (ie. age, income).
Observational study – observes variables for individuals
without interfere with responses. Response variable –
measures outcome or results in study.
Sample survey – part of pop where info was collected
from (important in observational studies), surveys
groups of individuals by studying only some of its
members to represent an entire group.
Population – entire group of individuals where info was
collected from (ie. Canadian residents, ctv viewers).
Sample – part of pop where we collect info from to draw
conclusions about the whole pop (ie. participants in a
poll, households). - Sample surveys start with entire pop
and uses specific methods to choose a sample to
Census – sample survey that attempts to include entire
pop in sample (ie. US constitution doing one every 10
years). Sometimes impossible/incomplete so sample
survey instead. Cost a lot, not time efficient.
Biased sampling – systematically favours certain
Convenience sampling – selection of subjects based on
availability (non-representative) (ie. voluntary response).
Simple random sample – size of n consists of n
individuals from the pop chosen in a way that every set
of n individual has an equal chance in participating. (n =
required size of sample) (ie. online software, hat,
Parameter (p) - # that describes a summary of pop (fixed
#), unknown actual value.
Statistic (^p) - # that describes a sample, used to
estimate unknown parameter.
• - 548 voted yes out of 1015. ^p = 548/1015 =
0.5399 = 54% voted yes\
• - Random sampling eliminates bias, but still can
be wrong b/c of the variability when randomly
• - If take lots of random samples from same size
of pop there is less variability (more
• - ^p has no bias as an estimator of p.
• - To reduce bias -> use random sampling
• - To reduce variability -> use larger sample
MOE – statistic or proportion used to see how
close estimates are, generally 50% or between
• - Translate sampling variability into a statement
of how much confidence we have in results of a
• - MOE = 1/sqrt of n (ie. 1/sqrt 1000 =
1/31.6228 = 0.0316 = 3.16%)
• - Proportion of a pop has the same outcome
success as p.
95% confidence – if we took many samples
using the same method, 95% of the samples
should give a result within + or – 4% of the truth
of the pop. (95% confident the truth lies within
MOE for 95% confidence – 95% confidence with
4% MOE means statistic will be 4% of the real
pop value 95% of the time.
Confidence statement – MOE & confidence
statement (level of confidence = % of all
possible samples that satisfy MOE).
• - Ie. estimate + or – MOE approximate 95%
confidence interval (^p + or – 1/sqrt n)
• - 85% of people + or – 2.4% own a cellphone
=82.6 < p < 87.4
• - Ie. ^p = 57% with MOE = 1sqrt 2142 = 0.22 =
22% = 57 + or – 2.2 = 54.8 < p <59.2
Sampling Errors – cause by taking a sample, results are
different from results of census.
Non-sampling errors – not related to selecting a sample.
Random sampling errors – deviation between sample
statistic & pop parameter caused by selecting RS.
- MOE in confidence statement includes only random
Stratified random sample – divide sampling frame into
group of individuals (strata), take simple random sample
from each stratum and combine to make a complete
• - Ie. households (strata) on each block arranged
in order of location and divided into groups
• - Take separate samples from each stratum ->
usually proportional to size of pop ->
guarantees the sample
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matches pop in relation to the strata.
Response variable – measured an
outcome/results of study.
Explanatory variable – we think explains or
causes changed to response variable (IV or DV).
Lurking variable – has important effect on
relationship between 22 variables but not one
of the previous types.
- Use randomized response method for sensitive
Completely randomized experimental design – all
subjects allocated at random among all treatments.
Matched pairs design – compares 2 treatments in pairs
chosen closely matched as possible.
Blocked design – group of subjects that are known
before experiment to be similar in some way as
expected to affect the treatment (controls effects of
Data ethics: institutional review board, informed consent, confidentiality.
• - Use instruments to make measurements, units record the measurements.
• - We measure a property of a person or thing when we assign a value to represent the property.
• - The result of a measurement is a numerical variable that takes different values for people or things that differ in
whatever we are measuring.
• - A variable is a valid measure of a property if it is relevant or appropriate as a representation of that property.
• - A rate (fraction, proportion or percentage) at which something occurs is more valid measure than a simple
count of occurrences.
• - A measurement of a property has predictive validity if it can be used to predict success on tasks that are related
to the measured property.
• A measurement has bias if it systematically tends to overstate/understate the true value of the
• A measure has random error if repeated measurements of the same individual give different results.
• If random error small, we say the measurement is reliable.
• Using averages to improve reliability, the average of several repeated measures of the same individual is
more reliable than a single measurement.
• - Look for inconsistencies, missing info, incorrect arithmetic, implausible numbers, too regular appearing
numbers or hidden agendas.
Valid - if measurement of a property is a good representation of that property. Percentage increase & decrease
Ie. first quiz scored 5/20. Second quiz scored 10/20. Verify the percentage increase from first to second quiz is
100%. On third quiz, student got 5 again.
- 100% increase means score has doubled.
Percentage change = amount of change/starting value x 100 or (x-y)/y x 100
Distribution – of a variable tells us what values it takes
and how often.
- Use pie & bar for categorical.
Categorical V – places individual into groups/categories.
Quantitative V – numerical values for arithmetic
Pie charts – whole divided into parts, not good for
Bar graph – better to compare sizes (also side by side
- Both show distribution of categorical variables.
Line graphs – quantitative measured at intervals over
time (time on x axis, variable on y axis, connect by a
- Look for overall pattern, trends
(upward/downward movement over time),
deviations from the pattern, seasonal
Histogram – measures quantitative variables, look for
patterns, deviations and outliers.
Shape – distribution peak (single, symmetric).
Center – midpoint close to single peak.
Variability – ignoring outliers (%).
Relative frequency histogram – better for comparing 2
Stemplot – for small data sets.
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