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# SQQS2013 Applied Statistics Individual Assignment 1 Due Date: 7 October 2013 (Monday), before 5pm.

Late assignment will not be entertained. 1. A sample of 22 students who were taking online courses were asked to describe their overall impression of online learning on a scale of 1 – 7, with 7 representing the most favorable impression. The estimated average score was 5.53, and the estimated standard deviation was 0.92. a. Compute a 98% confidence interval for the mean score. Interpret the interval. (5 marks) b. What would you recommend to a researcher who wants to increase the accuracy of the interval, but does not have to reduce the confidence level? (1 mark) Solution: a. ( = (5.0362, 6.0238) The 98% confidence interval for the mean score is between 5.0362 and 6.0238. b. Increase the sample size √ )

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An internet service provider sampled 540 customers, and finds that 75 of them experienced an interruption in high-speed service during the previous month. a. Calculate a point estimate for the population proportion of all customers who experienced an interruption. (2 marks) b. Construct a 90% confidence interval for the proportion of all customers who experienced an interruption. (4 marks) c. The company’s quality control manager claims that 10% of its customers experienced an interruption during the previous month. Does the confidence interval contradict this claim? Justify your answer. (2 marks) Solution: a. ̂ b. √

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The confidence interval does contradict this claim since 0.10 is outside the interval.

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SQQS2013 Applied Statistics 3. ̅ ̅ b. the average was 1. √ The 96% confidence interval for the difference between men and women in the mean number of energy drinks consumed is between – 0.49 and in a sample of 29 female students. A pollster wants to construct a 95% confidence interval for the proportion of adults who believe that economic conditions are getting better. a. (5 marks) Solution: a.03? (3 marks) Solution: 4.8049 and 3. how many sample size is needed so that the confidence interval will have a margin of error of 0.22.3449.33. the average number of energy drinks consumed per month was 2. From the past study. A survey of college students reported in a sample of 36 male college students. Interpret the interval. (2 marks) b.24. the standard deviation of male students is assumed to be 4. Construct a 96% confidence interval for the difference between men and women in the mean number of energy drinks consumed. Obtain the point estimate for the difference between men and women in the mean number of energy drinks consumed. A survey taken in July 2013 estimates this proportion to be 0. lyf & hpy – Sept’13 2 .87. while the standard deviation of female students is 3. Using this estimate.

It is reasonable to assume that the samples come from populations that are approximately normal with same variance. Classroom 64 81 75 64 99 85 Online 85 64 72 69 80 81 83 91 80 74 86 77 66 74 75 91 88 77 77 83 a. ̅ √ = (–4. c. ̅ b. The confidence interval does not contradict this claim. Since 0 is inside the interval. lyf & hpy – Sept’13 3 .0579. (10 marks) d. An educator claims that both methods of instruction are equally effective. Compute a point estimate of population mean for traditional classroom instruction. (2 marks) b. (2 marks) Solution: a. Compute a point estimate of population variance for traditional classroom instruction. Construct a 95% confidence interval for the difference between the mean scores for the two types of instruction. A study was done to compare the effectiveness of distance learning with traditional classroom instruction. 10.SQQS2013 Applied Statistics 5. The final exam scores were as follows. Does the confidence interval contradict this claim? Justify your answer. while fourteen students took it in a classroom. (2 marks) c.5579) d. Twelve students took a business administration course online.