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Homework Help: Is a stats question,just need some clarity on it- total width of less than 2.0 mean

  1. Apr 22, 2007 #1


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    [Solved]Is a stats question,just need some clarity on it-"total width of less than 2.

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Hi.The result of a memory test is known to be normally distributed with mean mew and standard deviation 1.0. It's required to have a 95% confidence interval for mew with a total width of less than 2.0.Find the least possible number of tests needed to achieve this.*The "total width of less than 2.0" mean what?

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    (X-mew)/(1.9/n^.5)<2.0,where X=the mean
    I'm stuck here,I'm sure something is wrong with it.So pls explain the thing with the * above?
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2007
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  3. Apr 22, 2007 #2


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    Any confidence interval for the true mean is of the form [a,b]. The "total width" is b-a. In particular, if you take the interval to be symmetric about mew (since the normal distribution is symmetric about its mean) then you want [mew- a,mew+ a] with "total width"= 2a< 2 or a< 1.

    No, You want P(mew-1< X< mew+1)= 0.95. (X-mew)/(1.9/n^.5) with X= mew+ 1 gives z= 1/(1.9/n^.5)= n^.5/1.9. Look up the z score that gives .95/2 = .475 (for a table that uses only positive values) and then solve for n.
  4. Apr 22, 2007 #3


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    Thx.Problem solved~The End~
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