BUSS1020 Chapter Notes - Chapter 8: Confidence Interval, Standard Deviation, Point Estimation

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CHAPTER 8: CONFIDENCE INTERVALS
Confidence interval: used to determine the percentage of sample means within certain distances of pop mean
o Confidence level (1-α): confidence that interval will contain the unknown pop parameter
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o Population is normally distributed OR use large sample (CLT)
Finding critical value Zα/2
o 95% confidence interval à Confidence level = 1 α = 0.05
o In table find 0.975 (0.05) à Zα/2 value = 1.96
CONFIDENCE INTERVALL ESTIMATE FOR THE MEAN (σ UNKNOWN)
In the majority of real world business situations, σ is not exactly known à use sample SD instead = S
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