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Stats 201 Notes, Week 2

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General Statistics
Kirk Ketelsen
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Date Created: 09/05/16
Lecture #2 Bias - Sampling Bias- a type of bias that arises when your sample is not representative of the population of interest • ex. if we only took the height of the CSU women’s volleyball team, that would skew the true average of all US women • ex. land line calling is political bias because there is a difference in age and systematically - Self Selection Bias- when people choose whether or not they want to be included in a sample. The reason they choose to participate can lead to bias - Non- Response Bias- when certain types of respondents are more or less likely to answer a survey - Simple Random Sample- sample of the population where every unit has an equal opportunity of being selected • ex. drawing names out of a hat Experiments - Observational study- variable values are observed and recorded from already existing data • ex. anything from the past is observational - Controlled Experiment- the researcher assigns members of the study to different groups, which are then subjected to different experimental conditions (treatments) • ex. treatment group VS control group (placebo) • The researcher can control the factors in a control experiment - Placebo effect- the group that receives the placebo is called the control group - Correlation does NOT imply causation - Confounding variable- variable that helps explain the data but is not accounted for in the study - Blinding and double blinding are methods that are used to try and eliminate bias that occurs when researchers and subjects are aware of which group is in the study - Double Blinding- both the researcher and sampler are unaware of their position in the study Lecture #3 - Location- where is the dataset “located” along the number line? Where is the center? - Spread- how dispersed (spread out) is the data? - Outliers- Are there any unusual values in the data set? - Shape- What is the shape of the data distribution of values in the data set? - The most succint way to describe the location of a data set is the identify the center Mean and median are used to describe the center - • Mean- the sample average, found by taking sum of all the data and dividing by sample size - Median- put the values in numerical order from smallest to largest and the middle value is the median • ex. 19 observations —-> (19+1)/2 = 20/2= 10, median is the 10th value in the set - Quartiles- breaks the data set into 4 quarters • ex. 10 observations below the median —-> (10+1)/2= 5.5, median is the 5th and 6th value added and divided by 2 - When the mean and median are the same or close it should look evenly distributed - Minimum- smallest value in the data set - Maximum- biggest value in the data set - These could be considered outliers because they may differ from the mean by + or - 3 - 5 number summary- minimum, maximum, Q1 (top half of data), median, Q3 (bottom half of data) -Box plots (image) -50% of the values are in the shaded box -25% of the values are above the box -25% of the values are below the box


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