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Homework Help: Basic Statistics Problem

  1. Mar 21, 2012 #1


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    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    My mean is 5.80
    My standard deviation is 0.64
    The largest number does not exceed 7

    1) What is the probablity the probability of randomly selecting a number, and the number being over 2 σ from the mean.

    2) For a sample of 30, what is the probablity the mean will be over 2 SD from the mean?

    2. The attempt at a solution

    1) It must be 0%, correct? As 2 sd greater than the mean exceeds all values there are?

    2) This is the one that puzzles me. I genuinely do not understand why 30 samples do not have to be taken. Perhaps, it also has something to do with 2 σ from the mean exceeding all values?
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  3. Mar 22, 2012 #2

    Ray Vickson

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    You are correct about question 1). While a laywer could argue that the question 2) is ambiguous, I would think the meaning is clear enough: the σ in question 2) refers to the standard deviation of the sample mean, not the standard deviation of the underlying random variable. In other words, you need a σ that is different from 0.64; do you know what the correct value should be?

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