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Name: Simple Random Samples and Statistics
ID: m23496
Language: English (en)
Summary: The (simple) random sample, is basic to much of classical statistics. Once formulated, we may apply probability theory to exhibit several basic ideas of statistical analysis. A population may be most any collection of individuals or entities. Associated with each member is a quantity or a feature that can be assigned a number. The population distribution is the distribution of that quantity among the members of the population. To obtain information about the population distribution, we select “at random” a subset of the population and observe how the quantity varies over the sample. Hopefully, the distribution in the sample will give a useful approximation to the population distribution. We obtain values of such quantities as the mean and variance in the sample (which are random quantities) and use these as estimators for corresponding population parameters (which are fixed). Probability analysis provides estimates of the variation of the sample parameters about the corresponding population parameters.
Subject: Mathematics and Statistics
Keywords: Matllab techniques, Population distribution, Population parameters, Random sample, Sample parameters, Sampling process, Statistic as estimator
License: Creative Commons Attribution License CC-BY 3.0

Authors: Paul E Pfeiffer (perhp@earthlink.net)
Copyright Holders: Paul E Pfeiffer (perhp@earthlink.net)
Maintainers: Paul E Pfeiffer (perhp@earthlink.net), Daniel Williamson (dcwill@cnx.org), C. Sidney Burrus (csb@rice.edu)

Latest version: 1.8 (history)
First publication date: Apr 17, 2009 3:45 pm -0500
Last revision to module: Sep 18, 2009 1:55 pm -0500

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Version History

Version: 1.8 Sep 18, 2009 1:55 pm -0500 by Daniel Williamson
Changes:
added google analytics tracking code

Version: 1.7 Jul 28, 2009 10:14 pm -0500 by Paul E Pfeiffer
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added summary

Version: 1.6 Jul 28, 2009 9:04 am -0500 by Paul E Pfeiffer
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Added summary

Version: 1.5 Jul 27, 2009 12:17 pm -0500 by Daniel Williamson
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disjoint union fix

Version: 1.4 Jun 19, 2009 11:29 am -0500 by Daniel Williamson
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m-file fixes, supplemental links, metadata updated

Version: 1.3 Jun 9, 2009 5:29 pm -0500 by Daniel Williamson
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updated links, images and accessibility

Version: 1.2 May 26, 2009 4:45 pm -0500 by Daniel Williamson
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fixed module names, and updated content structure

Version: 1.1 May 19, 2009 12:21 pm -0500 by Paul E Pfeiffer
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