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Stats 121 notes week 5

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Effective and noneffective experiments and studies
Principles of Statistics
Dr. Christopher Reese
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Date Created: 09/30/16
Stats 121 notes week 5 *IMPORTANT* *EXAMPLE TEST QUESTIONS*  Collection Data: Sampling  We care about the population mean and standard deviation  Characteristics about the population is called parameter o Parameters are to population as statistics are to sampling  Sample survey o Definition: a type of observational study in which individuals report variables’  values themselves, frequently by giving their opinions o Purpose: to be able to use that sub set to make inference on a population  Why sample? o Compared to census we use probability because:  Practical  Cheap  Often more accurate  Vocab o Population: entire group of individuals of interest o Sample: individuals that are selected from the population and measure o Parameter: numerical fact about the variable in the population o Statistics: corresponding numerical fact in the sample  For sampling to work: o Explicitly describe population o Explicitly describe variable  Bad ways to sample o 1.) convenience sampling  Select individuals in easiest possible way o 2.) Volunteer response sampling  Individuals select themselves o 3.) quota sampling  Force the sample to meet specifies quotas  Participants within a subgroup are not selected randomly, rather by  convenience or some sort of judgment call o Why bad??  Bias  Sample favors certain outcomes  Impossible to assess uncertainty  Probability sampling designs o Simple random sampling o Stratified sampling o Multi­staged sampling  Simple random sampling (SRS) o Take your population o Number population from 1­N  Population size=N o Use random digit and pull out how many you want to get o The sample size =n o Sample of specified size chosen such that every possible sample set of that size  has an equal chance of being selected for the sample o Assign a number to each individual in the population o Use a random device to select desired number of individuals  Stratified sample o Quota sampling done right! o 1.) divide people into groups o 2.) individuals within a group share a similar characteristic o 3.) select SRS from every group o 4.) Combine SRS’s  Multistage sample o Most populations have hierarchical structures:  o o Take sample at each level o 1.) 1. SRS of states o 2.) for selected states, SRS’s of counties o 3.) for selected counties, SRS’s of people  o 4.) combine SRS’s of people  Non­ sampling bias o Probability samples may still have bias due to:  Undercoverage  Nonresponse  Misleading response  Interview  Question Order o Probability sample= Good samples  Undercoverage o Some individuals have no possibility of being selected   Ex: homeless, phoneless, missionaries  Non­response o Selected individuals refuse to answer or can’t be contacted  Examples: Hang ups, on vacation, refusal to mail census form  Misleading response o Selected individuals lie or give inaccurate answers  Examples: Have you cheated? Did you wash your hands? Are you a voter? o Sensitive questions are often subject to misleading response.  Interview o Interviewer influences responses  Examples: Rude, intimidating, subtle clues or gestures  Question order o Order of questions promotes certain responses  Examples: happiness question precedes debt question and vice versa o Open vs closed questions  open questions are less restrictive, but responses are more difficult to  summarize   closed questions may be biased by the options provided   closed questions should permit options such as “Other ” and/or “Not Sure” if those options apply o Question wording  Can be misleading or confusing  Example: loaded words, double negatives, wordy questions  Observational studies o Subjects choose which treatment to receive or naturally belong to one of the  treatment groups o Sample surveys are observational studies and with observational variables you  can’t conclude cause and effect variables…. You can only say they are related to  each other  Experiment o Definition: Any study where you impose treatments on subjects o Purpose: determine whether or not something causes an effect o Goal: less confounded lurking variables and can validly draw cause­effect  conclusion o Subject: individual to which a condition or treatment is applied o Factor: another name for explanatory variable  Label over treatments o Treatment: one experimental condition o Response variable: characteristic measured on each subject  Categorical response o Lurking variables: affect response variable but not planned factors o Control: an effort to reduce effects of lurking variables o Confounding: situation in which effects of lurking variables cannot be  distinguished from effects of factors o  Principles of Valid Experiments o 1.) Control/Comparison o 2.) Randomization o 3.) Replication o 4.) Double blinding  Control/ Comparison o control lurking variables by including comparison treatments, using homogeneous subjects; used to measure placebo effect  Randomization o neutralize effects of lurking variables by assigning subjects to treatments  randomly  Replication o assign enough subjects (> 1!) to treatments to be able to detect important effects  Double Blinding o neither the subjects nor the people who evaluate them know which treatment each subject is receiving; used to prevent experimenter effect  Valid experimental designs o Randomized Control experiment (RCE)  Every subject has an equal chance of being assigned (names in a hat)  o Randomized block design (RBD)  Even if you do a good experiment you can still make mistakes o Randomized comparative experiments may still have problems  placebo effect   diagnostic bias   lack of realism   Hawthorne effect   noncompliance  Placebo effect o Response by human and non­human subjects due to the psychological effect of  being treated  o  psychological effect is confounded lurking variable o  Consequence:   ineffective treatment appears effective relative to untreated subjects o Solution:  1. use dummy treatment (saline, sugar pill, etc.) rather than “no treatment” as comparison treatment   2. blind subjects as to which treatment they are receiving  Diagnostic bias o Diagnosis of subjects biased by preconceived notions about effectiveness of  treatment  Preconception is confounded lurking variable o Solution:  Randomization  Lack of realism o Realism is often comprised by controlled study conditions, choice of subjects,  application of treatments o Solution:  Admit limitations of experiments  Hawthorne effect o People behave different in an experiment than they behave outside an experiment  Non­compliance o Failure to follow through with protocol of study  Principles of data ethics o Safety of subjects must be protected o All individuals must give their informed consent before data are collected o Individual data must be kept confidential


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