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What is Statistics?

-The science of COLLECTING, ORGANIZING and SUMMARIZING and ANALYZING information to draw conclusions;
-Science of data

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What kind of data is used in Statistics?

Probabilistic data = data that characteristics of being unknown for one observation, but many observations is know;
— characterize well in the long run, but unknown individually

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What are the techniques of gathering statistical data?

1. Sampling;
2. Descriptive Stats;
3. Inferential Stats

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What is Sampling?

-Techniques used to collect info
— Major technique = Simple Random Sampling;
— COLLECTING techniques

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What are Descriptive Statistics?

-Techniques used to condense and describe sets of data;
— Major techniques = Frequency Tables, histograms, and summary numbers;
— ORGANIZING and SUMMARIZING techniques

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What are Inferential Statistics?

-Techniques used to systematically draw conclusions about a population from a set of sample data;
-Gather population information from a sample;
— Interpretation of data by generalizing info from a sample to apply to a population
— Major tools = Hypothesis testing and confidence intervals;
— ANALYZING techniques

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What are Statistical Methods?

-Combo of descriptive and inferential techniques (collect, organize, summarize, analyze)

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What is a Population?

-The totality of element in a well-defined group to be studied;
-MUST be WELL-DEFINED by clearly stating what exact and specific elements (people, animals, etc) DO and DO NOT belong in the population

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What is a Sample?

A SUBSET of the population;
— Larger the sample size the better, but the METHOD is more important than the size

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What is an Individual?

ONE object from the POPULATION

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What is the goal of Sampling?

To collect…
1. a measurable numbers of individuals that...
2. represent the population
*Measuring the sample gives info about the population

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What are the 4 sampling techniques?

1. **Simple random = best;
2. Stratified;
3. Systematic;
4. Cluster

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How can sampling be done?

1. WITH replacement;
2. WITHOUT replacement

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What are the non sampling errors?

1. Coverage errors = incomplete population;
2. Nonresponse erros = cannot measure selected element;
3. Inaccurate response errors = poor records, lying;
4. Measurement erros = ambiguous questions, crude tools

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What is Simple Random Sampling?

A method of choosing a sample such that each sample of the same size has the same change of being chosen;
- Each individual has equal chance of being chosen

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What does Random sampling do?

1. DOES remove SELECTION bias from the sample;
2. Does NOT affect the natural variability of data;
3. Does NOT guarantee a representative sample;
**ONLY way to allow inferences (informed guesses) about the population

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What is the method of Random Sampling?

1. Assign every individual in a population a number;
2. Select individuals to be in the sample by:
— Random number table or
— Random number generator
(Data > Random Variates > Distribution)

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What are the 3 classes of data?

1. Constant = measurement gives only one possible value;
2. Variable = repeated measure yields many possible values;
3. Random Variable = randomly varying values (value determined by chance:
**Stats is concerned with data from random variables

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What are the types of data?

1. Qualitative;
2. Quantitative = Discrete or Continuous

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What is Qualitative Data?

Data that can be calcified by some mutually exclusive and exhaustive quality of individuals;
EX: Color, religion, gender

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What is Quantitative Data?

Data that are numericanl and allow the use of arithmetic

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What is Discrete Data?

*Quantitative;
-Easily countable number of possible values;
EX: 1-10 ( number of items)

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What is Continuous Data?

*Quantitative;
- Infinite number of possible values;
EX: Time, weight, length

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What is the method to identify TYPES OF DATA?

1. Pick any TWO data points;
2. Can they be ordered?
—NO = QUALITATIVE:
—YES…
3. Countable number of values between?
—NO = Continous;
—YES = Discrete

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What is a Census?

-Study that measures a characteristic of EVERY individual in a population;
— Observational;
— DOES NOT involve a sample;
— Measure the whole population
EX: US Census

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What is an Observational Study?

-Study that measures a characteristics in a sample WITHOUT controlling the units or treatment;
— Called an “Ex Post Study” (after the fact) because values have already been established;
— Determines ASSOCIATION, not cause;
EX: students heights in a class

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What is Experimental Design?

-Study that measure a characteristic in a sample WITH CONTROLLING units or treatment;
EX: measure wt. gain of 3 emails on a week long high protein diet
1. Independent or
2. Dependent

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What is Independent Design?

*Experimental;
-Where all experimental units are randomly chosen and assigned to treatments randomly

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What is Dependent Design?

*Experimental;
-One half of the experimental units are chosen randomly and the second half are chosen by matching characteristics;
-“Matched-Pairs Design"

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When do you use an Experimental Design?

When you can BOTH:
1. Control the individuals characteristics and
2. Control the treatment
*If you CAN’T do both, use observational