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### Introduction to Sampling Distributions

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- Intro
- Roadmap
- Probability Distributions vs. Sampling Distributions
- Same Logic
- Simulating Samples
- Connecting Sampling and Research Methods with Sampling Distributions
- Simulating a Sampling Distribution
- Logic of Sampling Distributions
- General Method of Simulating Sampling Distributions
- Questions that Remain
- Example 1: Mean and Standard Error of Sampling Distribution
- Example 2: What is the Best Way to Describe Sampling Distributions?
- Example 3: Matching Sampling Distributions
- Example 4: Mean and Standard Error of Sampling Distribution

- Intro 0:00
- Roadmap 0:08
- Roadmap
- Probability Distributions vs. Sampling Distributions 0:55
- Probability Distributions vs. Sampling Distributions
- Same Logic 3:55
- Logic of Probability Distribution
- Example: Rolling Two Die
- Simulating Samples 9:53
- To Come Up with Probability Distributions
- In Sampling Distributions
- Connecting Sampling and Research Methods with Sampling Distributions 12:11
- Connecting Sampling and Research Methods with Sampling Distributions
- Simulating a Sampling Distribution 14:14
- Experimental Design: Regular Sleep vs. Less Sleep
- Logic of Sampling Distributions 23:08
- Logic of Sampling Distributions
- General Method of Simulating Sampling Distributions 25:38
- General Method of Simulating Sampling Distributions
- Questions that Remain 28:45
- Questions that Remain
- Example 1: Mean and Standard Error of Sampling Distribution 30:57
- Example 2: What is the Best Way to Describe Sampling Distributions? 37:12
- Example 3: Matching Sampling Distributions 38:21
- Example 4: Mean and Standard Error of Sampling Distribution 41:51

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### Transcription: Introduction to Sampling Distributions

*Welcome to educator.com.*0000

*We are going to be talking about introducing the concept of sampling distribution.*0001

*Here is the roadmap we have been talking about probability distributions and that is what we call distributions of probabilities from discrete outcomes.*0007

*We are going on to sampling distributions and that is what we call distributions of outcomes that are continuous.*0022

*For now we can apply the same fundamental logic from probability distribution directly to sampling distributions.*0030

*We could treat them roughly similarly, but I do want to connect sampling and research methods to topics we have covered before with sampling distribution.*0038

*We are going to finally talk about actually generating sampling distributions.*0049

*First let us talk about the difference between probability and sampling distributions.*0053

*In probability distributions we are always looking at discrete outcomes, finite or uncountable numbers of outcomes. *0060

*For example in binomial distributions, if you have 10 trials, you have 0 to 10 different outcomes as possibilities and that is 11.*0068

*They are discrete, finite, accountable, no problem.*0080

*In probability distributions, what we are looking for is the probabilities of those discrete outcomes.*0085

*We get a list of all these probabilities and we can actually make a list because it is a finite number.*0097

*Let us talk about sampling distribution.*0105

*Sampling distributions are roughly the same idea.*0109

*You have the sample space and you want to know how likely each outcome is, *0111

*the probability of each outcome and the set of all those probabilities that is called the sampling distribution.*0118

*Here is the big difference, in standard discrete outcomes we are talking about continuous outcomes.*0124

*Before we ask what is the probability that 2 out of 4 people for random people that you pick from the United States have a bachelor’s degree. *0136

*Now, we might say if you pick 4 college students at random and we are not looking for the 2 anymore, that is discrete.*0146

*We are looking for things like what is the average GPA.*0157

*There is an infinite number of average GPA that you could potentially have.*0164

*In the way it is not finite anymore, but it is infinite number of outcomes and uncountable number of outcomes. *0169

*Now that is problematic because here we had like a list of all the different probabilities.*0186

*Can you list all these outcomes?*0196

*It is impossible, they are infinite.*0199

*By definition, not listable, not put in a table of all.*0202

*That is an issue with sampling distribution but sampling distributions get their power from other sources.*0208

*We do not have to worry as much about that but I do want to know that this is a big difference between probability distributions and sampling distributions.*0216

*But still we are going to be trying to find things like how we find the expected value of these distributions?*0224

*How do we find the probability of some outcome?*0231

*The same logic overall logic is going to apply for now.*0233

*I just go over the logic of the original probability distribution.*0241

*Basically we use probability to find this known population, we had known populations like things like fair coins, roll of two fair dice, or whatever something like that. *0249

*And from that we generate a probability distribution.*0266

*A whole bunch of different values for this random variable x and then the probabilities of those x. *0271

*Okay once we have that, then we have this sample and it is actually from an unknown population.*0284

*We get the sample but is it from that kind of population or from that population?*0304

*We do not know.*0312

*What we do is we take a sample and we compare it to the probability distribution and we look at is the sample very likely or very unlikely.*0314

*From that we judge whether these known and unknown population is similar to each other or not right.*0325

*Is it likely, unlikely?*0333

*That is roughly bad idea. *0337

*We went over a couple of specific examples, one of the ones that we went over in great detail *0342

*was the one with 2 dice where the random variable is the sum of the two dice.*0352

*The logic of sampling distribution is roughly similar, so we have some known population. *0360

*We generate a sampling distribution this time instead of a probability distribution we will talk about how to generate those later.*0370

*We get samples from unknown population and we compare it and we say is it likely or unlikely?*0378

*Same underlying logic. *0386

*The differences are going to be in the step how we generate is going to be different.*0388

*How we judge whether it is likely or unlikely this step is also going to be a little bit different in terms of the nitty-gritty like how we actually do it, *0395

*but the concept is the same. *0407

*We had this known stuff, we have this unknown stuff, we compare the unknown staff to the known stuff.*0408

*Let us go over that example that we knew really well.*0416

*The known population here was 2 fair dice that we brought and we generate it as probability distribution. *0421

*Here we have the probability distribution and the probability distribution where x the random variable is the sum of 2 dice.*0441

*We also generated all these probabilities for each sum.*0454

*We have the sum of the two dice, we have all the probabilities for each of those sums and each of these sums is discrete and countable. *0459

*There is 10, 11 of them right.*0465

*What we would do is let us say we rolled 2 dice and we do not know if they are fair dice or not some shady guy give it to us.*0474

*If we are going to roll such as 1-1, that is what our sample is then we can say okay what is the probability that x=2?*0491

*That is a pretty small probability, it looks like .025 or something.*0510

*Because it is a small probably we will say this is unlikely sample.*0515

*Let us say we got a sample that was something like 3-4. *0523

*We might compare that to this probability where x =7 and that is pretty likely there is like 16% chance.*0533

*We would say this is likely.*0551

*This sample, we would probably say if we got this it is likely that it came from fair dice.*0556

*If we had the sample we might say it is less likely.*0565

*It is not that we stop here and say these dice are unfair because there is still a chance that you could get this but is less likely and just more likely.*0568

*We are judging them relative to each other. *0580

*We are going to do something similar but some of these steps will differ, namely this one and this one.*0583

*How do we get a sample sampling distribution?*0592

*We know how to get a probability distribution.*0601

*Probability distributions are really straightforward because we use those fundamental rules of probability.*0603

*Sampling distributions are different because we cannot use probability rules necessarily.*0611

*Before what we did in probability distributions is we use things like the law large number and we could sample many times.*0617

*This is the case where we do not know use probability actions, the rules of probability.*0629

*We do not use those regularities.*0640

*We just use the law large numbers.*0642

*We pretend to sample many times and then we generate the probability distribution that way. *0644

*We could do that.*0650

*You could flip a coin hundreds and hundreds of times or you can use the probability principles to come up with a probability distribution.*0651

*This one will take a lot longer than this one, but you have to know more stuff in order to implement this.*0660

*But these are also shortcuts for the next one.*0668

*In sampling distributions you also have two different methods for you to come up with sampling distribution. *0672

*One of these actually applies here and that is this one.*0678

*We can use law of large numbers and sample many times.*0684

*So that is one way we can do it. *0701

*Unfortunately we cannot use this one.*0705

*There are no way we can use this one, but we can use something that we are going to learn about later called the central limit theorem.*0709

*But for today, we are going to focus in on this one using the law of large numbers to sample many many times. *0720

*I before we go on to actually nitty-gritty generating the sampling distribution here is how sampling distribution connects *0729

*with the concepts of the sampling, unbiased sampling and research methods.*0739

*Remember experimental methodology versus those other methodologies. *0747

*The promise before was this, if you use random sampling and by random sampling I need unbiased, *0751

*and if you use experimental design we promise that you could draw a conclusion about causation and promises that was the case.*0759

*In order to do this mathematically, the sampling distribution is sort of the engine that allows *0776

*this promise to come true because here is what the sampling distribution does.*0792

*Imagine repeating your unbiased sampling and great experimental methodology over and over and over again. *0796

*What kind of distribution would you see?*0808

*Let us say you have this great experiment that you really wanted you do to see if x changes y?*0812

*What would happen if we did that experiment over and over and over again?*0824

*Overtime, you would see the truth.*0830

*You would see what might really emerge from that experiment.*0833

*And that is how sampling distributions is going to help us meet the fruits of this promise.*0838

*Without sampling distributions this promise cannot fully come true.*0848

*We are going to talk about actually simulating, generating a sampling distribution.*0853

*This is the idea of how to we go from that no population and generate, create a sampling distribution.*0867

*One way you could do is you could use what's called simulation. *0884

*You can use computer programs typically to literally take random samples over and over and over again and create the sampling distribution.*0888

*An example of a data set that you might do this with is something like this.*0902

*Here we have an experimental design we want to know if hamsters who get normal amount of sleep versus less sleep which will experience more stress?*0908

*Maybe we have hypothesis that you know having less sleep leads to greater stress.*0921

*We are going to look at the independent variable of sleep in the regular or less sleep.*0929

*We will wake the hamsters up and the dependent variable that we might look at is their stress hormone levels.*0935

*Let us say we tested these hamsters, here are 10 hamsters in our lab and 7 of them were in the regular sleep group *0943

*and 3 of them were randomly chosen for the less sleep group.*0959

*These are resulting levels of stress hormone, but we want to know is are these less sleep hamsters,*0965

*are these insomnia hamsters are they more stressed then you would expect by random chance.*0970

*That is what we expect. *0984

*The known population that we can think about is something like, these are randomly selected stress hormones.*0987

*Randomly selected hamsters, that these 3 is it is not that they are more stress it is just that by chance you might get these numbers together.*1001

*We might randomly select through a computer program 3 of the entire set of hamsters, so randomly select them and generate the sampling distribution.*1016

*And maybe one thing we might want to do is get their means of 3 hamsters at a time.*1031

*Pick 3 random hamsters, get their means and put it in my sampling distribution.*1037

*Get 3 random hamsters, get the mean and put it in my sampling distribution over and over again until *1041

*we get a whole bunch of means like a dot plot of a whole bunch of means.*1047

*The means might range from 25 all the way to 64.*1059

*The mean can be greater than or equal to or greater than 64 or less than or equal to 25.*1064

*It has to be somewhere between.*1071

*We have these less sleep hamsters, sleep deprived hamsters and so maybe will calculate their mean and so that is 55 + 55 + 64 / 3 = 58. *1073

*Here we have x bar + 58 and we want to know is this likely or unlikely in given the sampling distribution?*1118

*We want to ask likely or unlikely?*1129

*If it is likely then we cannot separate whether this was due to less sleep or due to chance but it is unlikely we might say we do not think it is randomly selected. *1138

*It is not that you randomly selected these hamsters.*1149

*It is unlikely that you randomly selected these hamsters.*1156

*It is more likely that something special has been done to them and we know what that special thing is it is that they have been deprived to sleep.*1162

*In that way you can make some conclusions.*1168

*You cannot necessarily say for certain whether sleep causes hormone levels to rise. *1171

*It is not that you looked at the mechanism and saw the sleep causing hormones.*1181

*It is not necessarily that but you can say whether this is the likely sample given random processes or you can say it is unlikely given random processes.*1187

*That is really all we can know from this kind of logic.*1197

*This kind of logic will take us far.*1204

*Here we go, here are all our hamsters and here is our known sample of less sleep hamsters.*1207

*It is those guys but you know maybe it is just that they are randomly picked.*1220

*In order to get generate this sampling distribution of the mean here is what we did. *1233

*I am just summarizing in steps what we talked about before.*1243

*First what we did was take random sample of 3 hamsters and here we will call that n because n is the size of the sample.*1249

*Then what we did was we computed a summary statistic, we computed the mean but we could have computed standard deviation.*1265

*We could have computed your median, sum summary statistic.*1281

*Number 3 is the important step, repeat steps 1 and 2.*1291

*You do this over and over again, that is what it means to stimulate a sampling distribution and the 4th is examine and plot resulting sample statistics.*1303

*Here these are all means, that is the mean, that is the mean, that is the mean, it is a mean of 3 that have been selected.*1323

*If we repeat these 2 go over and over again and we plot it then we will see the distribution of sample statistics.*1339

*That is why it is called a sampling distribution.*1349

*Once we have a sampling distribution, then you can see it has the expected value.*1357

*We can find the mean of this thing.*1368

*It is like a middle mean.*1369

*It is a mean of mean.*1371

*We can find the standard deviation of this thing.*1373

*That is what we mean by expected values. *1376

*Okay, so now let us compare these two things.*1381

*We know the logic of probability distributions, now let us apply the same logic to sampling distribution.*1392

*Here we go known population 2 fair dice, probability distribution is the same thing I need if it just small.*1400

*Here is a likely sample, here is a unlikely sample and we know it is likely by looking at this probability distribution. *1408

*We know this is unlikely by looking it up in this probability distribution.*1418

*Pretty straightforward. *1423

*What about in terms of the hamsters stuff?*1425

*The known population is all the hamsters in our study not only that but our mechanism is just like here we think it is 2 fair dice. *1429

*Here we think it is all hamsters and they were 3 chosen randomly and we can simulate that process.*1444

*We could choose 3 randomly and find a sampling distribution and these are all means now.*1457

*Not only that but we could find a likely sample, which might be something like 47.*1465

*If we found a mean of 3 hamsters so our sleep deprived hamsters were had a mean of 47 *1474

*in their stress hormone levels we might say this is very similar to chance.*1486

*It seems like they are not that different from just picking hamsters at random *1493

*but we might have an unlikely sample and here in the example I should do we had 58 and 58 is over here.*1500

*And that might show us that is really unlikely that we would choose 3 hamsters at random and get such a high mean.*1510

*And so in that sense, we can start thinking this is likely to have come from random generation. *1522

*This is less likely to have come from random generation.*1531

*We talked about a very specific method of simulating sample distributions like take 3 hamsters at a time, compute their means.*1535

*I am just going to say that the same 4 steps but I am going to say that in just more general terms.*1551

*Take a random sample of size n from the population, whatever your population is, whatever your n size is, your sample size.*1556

*Then you compute a summary statistic and this could be the mean, median, and it could be mode, it could be variance, it could be a whole bunch of different things.*1565

*All the summary statistics that we have talked about earlier and it could be any one of those things.*1580

*Then you repeat 1 and 2 many times and that is the simulation part where we pretending to do this many, many times.*1586

*And that is why it is really helpful that we have computer programs that can help us do this many, *1594

*many times then we do not have to actually draw beads or patterns.*1599

*Finally we want to display and examine the distribution of sample statistics.*1603

*We will have a whole bunch of means or we will have a whole bunch of variances or whole bunch of standard deviation, or inter quartile ranges, whatever you want.*1609

*In that way, this is the general method of simulating the sample statistics. *1624

*Once you have that simulation this part is going from the known population and usually the known population is the random process, *1630

*the default because you generate on nonrandom processes but it is really easy to generate random processes.*1645

*And then we get our sampling distribution.*1653

*This part is this area here simulating.*1658

*That is that part. *1664

*Now there is another part and that is the part where we now compare 2 samples.*1674

*Rather we compare sample to the sampling distribution and we decide likely or unlikely.*1684

*That is another part that we haven't talked about here.*1701

*In order to do this, what you need to do is compute the summary statistics for your sample. *1706

*If you have a whole bunch of variances to compute for your sample and then you compare it to your sampling distribution.*1712

*And we make a call it is likely than unlikely.*1721

*Even though we know all these stuffs there still some little bugger questions that remain.*1725

*In these cases we know what the population looks like, like we have a group of hamsters *1732

*and we know what it looks like and we are generating these random processes.*1741

*What happens when we have no idea what the population looks like.*1747

*We do not have a nice list of 10 hamsters.*1753

*What if we want to know stuff like what if you randomly draw from any high school student in the US?*1755

*We do not have all those numbers.*1761

*Like in order to do the sampling process you would have to have all the giant list of GPAs of high school students in the US and pull randomly from them. *1763

*What if you do not have that population?*1777

*Also tell me how sampling distributions for summary statistics, other than the mean because we have only looked at the one with the mean and what it does look like.*1779

*We have a sort of answer for this guess, but we want to know can we just pick one randomly like which one to use?*1793

*The 3rd unanswered question is how to know whether a sample is sufficiently unlikely?*1802

*So far we have been just eyeballing it like we look at it and say that seems unlikely, 2 person that seems unlikely 5% that seems unlikely.*1811

*10% that seems more likely.*1821

*It seems like we are just making a judgment call but how do we know whether it is truly unlikely or just our opinion?*1824

*Do we always have to simulate a large number of samples in order to get a sampling distribution because that seem like that can be really hard do.*1833

*These are the questions that remain, but we just went through the intro so these will be answered later on.*1846

*Let us get in example 1, consider the sampling distribution of the mean so the summary statistic is the mean just like the hamster example.*1859

*Sampling distribution of the mean of a random sample of size and taken from a population of size N with the mean of mu and stdev(sigma).*1872

*So what is saying is just use these as constants, pretended they have been given to you.*1887

*If N=n what are the mean and standard error of the sampling distribution?*1894

*Here I should show you that there is actually a new little notation that you should know.*1903

*The mean of the sampling distribution of mean looks like this.*1910

*It is a mu because it is the expected value and expected values are theoretical populations.*1915

*It is an expected value of mean so here we would put a little x bar.*1923

*It is a bunch of little sample means and same thing with standard error.*1930

*This should also say standard deviation.*1939

*The special name for the standard deviation of the sampling distribution because that tends to be long and we use that concept over and over again.*1943

*We just call it standard error but it is really just the standard deviation of the sampling distribution.*1951

*Here is the sampling distribution of means, so we call it Sigma X bar, sub x bar.*1959

*If our entire population is size N and we take sampling distribution of size N basically N = n.*1966

*What would be the mean and standard error?*1981

*Well, the mean of my sampling distribution should be the same exactly as the mean *1984

*of my population because basically we are sampling the entire population.*1995

*Think about the standard deviation remember we are calculating standard deviation.*2010

*We are getting the average deviations.*2017

*When we get the average deviation that ends up, when you take the mean over and over again that mean is going to be the same every single time.*2021

*Before, if your population have whatever standard deviation now it is going to be super tiny because you are going to have no standard deviation and spread.*2036

*You are just going to get the same mean every single time.*2047

*This is going to be super small or maybe close to nothing because there is no spread or mean.*2053

*What if n is very small and N is very large so our population is enormous?*2065

*Our sample is small.*2076

*What about in that case?*2083

*What will our mean of the sampling distribution look like?*2087

*All we know is that we do not for sure that it is going to be the same.*2092

*That is all we can say.*2101

*It might be close because if you take a whole bunch of these means it might be close but maybe we are going to be less sure.*2102

*What about if the N is very large and n is very small?*2113

*What would the spread of our sampling distribution looks like?*2130

*In this case it might be smaller but it would not be necessarily super small.*2134

*Maybe smaller but not necessarily super small.*2142

*What about mu sub x bar?*2156

*Here we are not sure.*2161

*Is it going to be similar to the mean of the population?*2163

*Is it going to be different?*2171

*Let us think about taking one out.*2173

*Any one single mean might be very different from the population but think about taking a whole bunch of those means and get the mean of that.*2176

*When you get the mean sort of you get the middle.*2189

*Here we have this giant population.*2192

*We take all these samples out.*2195

*We have all these samples and then we take the middle of that.*2196

*It should be the middle of the population.*2200

*Maybe we will take an educated guess and say that might be equal to mu too.*2205

*We are not saying that any single one of them is going to be equal to the mu but the average of the whole bunch of those means *2211

*maybe equal to the mu because we are always moving to the center.*2226

*Example 2, what might be the best way to describe sampling distributions?*2230

*Let us think about how to describe regular old distributions.*2239

*Remember shape, center, and spread?*2246

*Maybe that will apply to sampling distributions, shape, center, and spread.*2252

*We could actually find the shape of it, the center, for example mu sub x bar or if you use something else like sampling distribution of standard deviations.*2262

*It might be mu sub sigma, also spread, standard deviation of x bar.*2280

*Maybe that is the way we could describe sampling distributions as well.*2296

*Example 3, 3 very small populations are given each with a mu of 30.*2300

*This is truly a small population there is only 2 items in this population and there is only 5 in this one, and there is only 3 items in this one.*2311

*Match this to the corresponding sampling distribution of the sample mean n =2.*2322

*Assume replacements if you draw 2 out you will put them back or else after once.*2328

*Let us look at this.*2338

*This one it seems to go from 10 all the way to 50 so you could have a mean of 10.*2341

*You could also have a mean of 50.*2349

*That is possible here.*2352

*Think about a population where there are a bunch of 10 because every time you draw a 10 you will replace it.*2354

*You could get a mean of 10.*2364

*Here you could also get a mean of 10 and here you cannot get a mean of 10.*2368

*There is no mean of 10 here.*2374

*A cannot go possibly with C but A could go possibly with A or B.*2377

*I should probably call this 1, 2, 3, just so that we do not get confused.*2384

*Can A give a mean of 15 or 20?*2390

*Can you put 10 and 15 together in any way and divide it by 2 in any way to get 15 or 20 or even 25 or 35?*2401

*No, there is no possible way 10 and 15 can be combined together and divide it by 2 in any way to give you 15.*2414

*But here we can have a mean of 10 or 15, and we can have a mean of 30 which is 10 + 50 = 60 ÷ 2 = 30.*2423

*Those are the 3 types of mean you could have so I would say goes with that one.*2437

*I would say B would go with this one because in B you could have a mean of 10 or 50 and you could have all these means in between.*2445

*If you got 10 and 20 and average them together that would be 15.*2456

*This one has those possibilities, these different possibilities that this one does not have.*2461

*Let us move onto this one.*2474

*Here we know that you cannot have a mean of 10 or 50 but you can have a mean of 20, 25, 30 and because of that we know that this one goes with this one.*2478

*We have also used the other ones.*2487

*Here we see that the things you have in your population limits the kinds of means that you will see in your sampling distribution of the mean.*2494

*Here it is the sampling distributions of the sample mean but same idea.*2506

*Example 4, here are very small populations again A, B, and C.*2511

*Estimate the sampling distributions mean and compare them to the populations mean.*2517

*Which standard deviation is smaller the population or the corresponding sampling distribution?*2522

*I am just going to renumber these again and let us estimate these means.*2528

*Here the mean looks like 30 and here the mean might be a little bit greater than 30.*2534

*Here we know the mean because it is 30, 30, and 30.*2558

*What we see is that the sample means even though n is smaller because it is only 2 we see that the sampling distribution of the mean, *2567

*the expected value is very similar to the actual population mean.*2593

*Estimate them, compare them, very similar.*2601

*Which standard deviation is smaller, the population standard deviation or the corresponding sampling distribution?*2608

*It might be helpful if we find out what the population standard deviation would look like.*2619

*Here we have something like A, B, and C.*2629

*A is 10 and 50, B is 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, and C is just 23 and 40.*2635

*Let us find the standard deviations of these populations.*2648

*The reason why we use standard deviation of the population is because we want it to divide by n rather than n-1.*2658

*We could just put it all in blue.*2668

*I want to test them to make sure I could use these blank ones so that I can just copy and paste the process.*2672

*The one that has the greatest spread is A.*2689

*The middle population here this one has the middle spread and this one has the least spread.*2693

*Just to give you an idea this populations and standard deviations is 20 but if you estimate this, is this less than the standard deviation of 20 or greater?*2706

*If you think about the standard deviation of 20 and another 20 would be that and usually within 3 standard deviation you have almost 99%.*2735

*Here what we see is I already have 1 standard deviation you have almost everybody in there.*2757

*I would say this standard deviation is smaller.*2766

*Here mu sub x bar that is the same but sigma sub x bar is smaller that sigma.*2771

*What about here?*2783

*Here the sigma would be something like 14 and if I go about 14 that would be like that.*2786

*14 would be that 1, 2, 3.*2808

*Even when I go out about 1 standard deviation I will basically cover the entire space.*2821

*Here although the mu sub x bar is similar our standard error is smaller that our standard deviation of the population.*2827

*Let us that same logic for the last one that has a standard deviation of approximately 8 and here let us go out about 8.*2843

*8 would be like that.*2853

*Again, we see that although the mu is similar our standard deviation or standard error is less than sigma.*2858

*One thing we find is that typically the population standard deviation is smaller than the corresponding sample distributions or what we call standard error.*2877

*That is your introduction to sampling distributions.*2885

*Thanks for using www.educator.com. *2895

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Post by Professor Son on October 16, 2014

Sorry folks! I realize that example 1 is introducing concepts that weren't addressed in the lecture! These are concepts addressed in the next lecture (Sampling Distribution of the Mean).

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Thu Oct 16, 2014 1:05 AM

Post by Matt F on December 11, 2012

Hi Dr Ji,

If we know what the population 'looks like' why do we bother calculating sample distributions? Why not just get our statistics from the population directly and save ourselves making assumptions about what is actually happening in the population?

Thanks.

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Thu Oct 16, 2014 1:13 AM

Post by James Ulatowski on January 1, 2012

Lost me on the standard deviations of the samples. They are NOT equal to the population and it has been difficult to find information on such small population and small sample statistics, with replacement. It is logical that with replacement the population appears to be infinite or large. So, I will try looking at solution based only on small sample with large population. I did calculator simulation to get much smaller std dev. than the population.