A sample is a subset of a population. Statistics, in general, is concerned with using samples to make inference about the parameters governing a larger (possibly infinite) population.

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Is this argument valid for the usage of Bayesian Credibility intervals with online panel samples?

I stumbled on this paper issued by Ipsos, a market research and polling company. Here's the relevant bit found on page 4 of the document: Bayesian statistics relies on models. These models either ...
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T-test for Bernoulli Distribution- Sample or Population data for SE calculation?

Am struggling to understand part of the answer to a question have done- Qu- In a given population, 11% of the likely voters are African American. A survey using a simple random sample of 600 landline ...
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Fixing a biased (deliberately) sample

I learned today that a staff member at my company deliberately biased a sample set. They selected items for the sample known to be different, more positive, than the population as a whole. I am ...
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Really basic question regarding fertility statistics

Would you pick a fertility lab that has a 79.8% success rates with 84 cycles (# of procedures)? Or a lab with 62% success rate with 252 cycles? Thank you.
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What is the point of finding a representative sample distribution rather than calculating the probabilities directly from the sample?

The only advantage I can see is in using things like confidence intervals determined from the distribution, but I constantly see people fit a distribution to a sample and use that to calculate the ...
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Sample Size Determination for Multinomial Proportions

I have a number of samples of different sizes from a population of unknown size. The data are market shares for five different products within a category (so they sum to 1). I want to know how many ...
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Something confused about parent population and sample space

My text book proclaims that iff there is exact one element in each sample, then sample space is equivalent to parent population. And I think it's not correct. For example, let parent ...
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Unequal sample sizes in t test with homogeneity of variance

I have looked at the other similar questions on here, but I can't seem to understand whether power is still an issue for unequal sample sizes with the homogeneity of variance being met. Yuen (1974) ...
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Problems generating a sample from a custom distribution with log

I'm trying to generate a sample from a family of distributions. In particular I would like to be able to obtain a sample from the survival function: $$1-F(x) = c x^{-a} \log^b(x)$$ with a proper ...
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Comparing a sample's mean to the population's mean from which it was taken

Let's say I had Population A (N=1200). Population A is composed of 1200 Sample areas each with their own mean/SD, etc. Let's us assume that taking all of these Samples together is the entire ...
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Can you infer that sample is representative from statistical power?

I have travel times for 1000 routes (origin-destination pairs) and I collected about 12 actual travel time samples by driving some of these routes (randomly selected out of the 1000). I calculated ...
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How can I compare data from a sample of a population with data of that population?

I am looking at a survey and I want to crosscheck the data from the survey respondents with the data from the actual population (we have the information available) to see whether any sub-groups were ...
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Estimate variance of a population if population mean is known

I know that we use $\frac1{n-1}\sum\limits_i(x_i - \bar{x})^2$ to estimate the variance of a population. I remember a video from Khan Academy where the intuition given was that our estimated mean is ...
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Should two way anova with unequal samples use weighted or unweighted means?

My data were collected in a 4x2 factorial design with 4 sample areas and either high or low rainfall. I'm looking to carry out a two-way ANOVA but the sample sizes are not even. Should I use ...
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Determination of sample size for a proportion

SCENARIO The parent company has other business units (think of these as franchises owned by the parent company). In order to quality assure procedures the parent company samples employees’ work at ...
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Sampling non-normal (near power-law) distribution

Context: I have a population that shows three distinct behaviors (slope) on a cumulative distribution function (survival proportion over time) and I want to find factors that may explain these ...
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What does number of events symbolize?

What does number of event means? http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1756-0500-5-52.pdf I was going through this datasheet to perform a meta analysis and found that it demanded number of events ...
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Weighting Method that preserves population proportions and sub-sample population proportions

I created a weight based on 3 socio demographic characteristics (SDC) of my data to equal known target population proportions using RIM (random iterative method) weighting. E.g. the population ...
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sample size query

I have a question regarding the sample size required for a project i'm involved in. Without going into too much unnecessary detail, we have processed 905 cases (in the last day) and 4 of them were ...
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Uncorrected sample standard deviation in correlation coefficient

There seems to be a common use of the uncorrected sample standard deviation in calculating the correlation coefficient: ...
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Sample Size for Comparing two Measuring Tools

Let's say I have two devices that measure the same thing: the thickness of an object. Knowing that device 2 is more accurate and precise, I wish to see how accurate device 1 (how close do the readings ...
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Treatment and Control group, the sample size

I am doing the evaluation for a program with 200 members (they enrolled in the program at different times in the past year and the program doesn't end). Only 78 completed the pre test survey. Now I ...
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Estimating the parameters of a Beta distribution using the sample average and standard deviation

This is a simple question, but I just want to be sure. Imagine that we have a sample of $n$ data $\{x_1, \dots, x_n\}$ and that we want to fit them to a Beta distribution. Imagine that we have ...
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What kind of delimitations belong to population and sample respectively?

I'm writing a bachelor's thesis and the research question is "How ambitious is Sweden's electronic tax return system compared to other states'?". We wanted to investigate those states which (1) ...
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Why doesn't a sample proportion also have a binomial distribution

In a binomial setting, the random variable, X, that gives the number of successes is binomially distributed. The sample proportion can then be calculated as $\frac{X}{n}$ where $n$ is your sample ...
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Enlarging a random sample

In our project we have a population of 1000+ individuals. We picked a random sample of 107 individuals, but then we realized we needed more precision, so now we want to have a larger sample. The ...
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Use a model to reduce sample size?

I have a consultant that is proposing that he can reduce my sample size by using a model that is built off of previous samples. My first response was "NEVER EVER EVER EVER DO THIS". However, after ...
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Sample size calculation for crossover design using dependent t-test - role of $\rho$?

I am trying to do a sample size calculation for a 2x2 crossover study. I have access to previous studies whereby I can get covariate adjusted estimates of the variability of the responses (from a ...
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Maximum Probability over a Random Variable's Sample Space

Assuming I have a joint probability density $p(X, Y)$, $X$ and $Y$ being continuous random variables. I'm trying to find the maximum of $p(X=x, Y)$ for a fix value $x$ but over the complete possible ...
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Error bars for the fraction of two samples

I have two samples, lets say sampleA and sampleB. I have used jackknife resampling and obtained the error bars for each of the ...
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How to extrapolate my sample results to population

We have tested randomly selected bacteria ($k = 198$) for antibiotic resistance over a period of 3 years (total isolates $n = 444$) and observed $117$ resistant strains. I would like to extrapolate ...
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Data set sample

I'm willing to make a comparative study, to examine culture dimensions effect on countries with the highest GDP and countries with the lowest GDP countries, but there is no enough observation to make ...
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bound on expectation of a two-variable function under an independent distribution

Consider a probability distribution $P(x)$, a set observed samples $S = \{x_1,\cdots, x_n\}$ where $x_i \stackrel{iid}{\sim} P(x)$ for $i \leq n$, and a symmetric function $h(x,y)$. How can one ...
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Confidence intervals for percentage share of multiple response

If I have a sample of 100, who give responses to a set of multiple response variables, say for example, the brands they have purchased in the last 12 months. How can I calculate the confidence ...
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variance and sample confused

When solving (b), is the variance $$ V\bigg(\frac 1 2 (x_1+x_2)\bigg) = \frac 1 4 V(x_1+x_2) = \frac 1 4 \big(v(x_1)+v(x_2)\big)= \frac 1 2 \sigma^2 $$ or should I divide the variance by the sample ...
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How can I get a confidence interval for p from a small cluster sample?

I have small cluster sample (n=4, N=75) where all elements in each cluster are sampled. I'm using a ratio estimate to estimate p, the proportion of successes. If I can't use the normal approximation ...
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Sample variance from second moment

if I have a sample composed by values lesser than 1 and i want to compute the sample variance with $ \frac{n}{n-1}(\langle x_i^2 \rangle - \langle x_i \rangle^2)$ how can i do? Because the mean of the ...
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Determining the Random Sample - Healthcare Case

How would we determine the random sample in the situation (I'll describe it more in detail now): 5 doctors, 10000 patients, average accuracy of cancer diagnosis of entire population is 0.56 from all 5 ...
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How to calculate the randomness of a sample and if it is representative on r?

I am doing a project on R commander and the project says, "The set of exoplanets discovered to this day is a sample of all exoplanets that exist in the universe. Discuss whether you think this sample ...
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a problem on sample survey

i have found this problem on sample survey in an old Indian Statistical Institute question paper. Consider a collection of $N$ cards, numbered $1, 2,\ldots,N$, where $N \geq 2$. A card is drawn ...
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What distribution is this? (and how to simulate a sample from it in R)

This is the information given: 10% of the population is colour blind. Let $X$ be the number of colour-blind people in a sample of 20. The distribution is $X \sim Poisson(20, 2)$ - is this correct? ...
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How many samples needed to determine value 4 sigma away from mean?

I have a source that generates computer files varying between 20,000 and 40,000 bytes in length. I think (strongly assume so) that they vary in length according to a Normal distribution. They average ...
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Linear mixed-effect models for variables with unequal size

as a biologist I am currently analyzing data where variable sizes are unequal but nevertheless dependent on each other. In my specific case, I am aiming to test with a linear mixed-effect model ...
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Still confused with the p-value definition

The p-value is defined as the probability, under the assumption of the null hypothesis H, of obtaining a result equal to or more extreme than what was actually observed. A p-value lower ...
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Advantages and disadvantages of using population and samples for statistics

I need to know the advantages and disadvantages of using a sample or a population to collect data. I understand what a sample is and what a population is, but I do not know what the advantages and ...
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Comparing two populations [Beginner]

I have sampled from two separate populations, and I want to figure out which population is better. Population 1 has an average score of 84.1 and a standard deviation of 11.8. Population 2 has an ...
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Filling in “gaps” in Sample data from universal data

Quick background - I have a BS in mathematics, and have just recently started a position related to data science (nothing heavy, but requires enough simple statistical analysis that I find myself ...
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Sample size and Central Limit theorem

I'm working on an example in introductory statistics and I'm not sure if my answer is correct. I think 2,3,5 is correct and not sure about 1,4. Am I correct? It's about choosing correct statements ...
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What sample size is needed to estimate the population mean, with unknown variance?

I want to know what's the sample size needed to estimate the population mean, with unknown variance? I'm filling up a database that stores the values of wifi-accespoints' strength level at certain ...
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Sample size of sampling distribution of the sample mean

When people say that the mean of the sampling distribution of the sample mean is equal to the population mean, is this true regardless of how small or large the size of the samples are? I'm having a ...