Random is as random does The beat the lottery Web site discussed in Exercise 21 suggests that because lottery numbers are random, it is better to select your bet randomly. For the same simple lottery in Exercise 21 (random values from 0 to 9), generate each bet by choosing a separate random value between 0 and 9. Play many games. What proportion of the time do you win?
Section 2: Statistics in Society Stat 2220, Espey ➢ Statistics are everywhere, especially about social problems. How trustworthy are they ➢ Who created the statistic and why: Everyone has an agenda ○ Do they want the numbers to look high or low ➢ How was the statistic created: The research design could affect the results ○ Guessing, Defining, Measuring, and Sampling all affect this ➢ Guessing: The statistic could be an obvious guess or could have a guessed component ○ Dark Figure: The number of something that goes unreported (crime, stalking, rape, etc) ○ One can assume that guessing was used if there is no information about the research used to find the statistic