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PY 427 Statistics 1Fall 2006 Kin Ching Kong, Ph.D Lecture 4 Chicago School of Professional Psychology

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Agenda Probability Definition Simple Random Sample Probability and Frequency Distributions Probability & The Normal Distribution The Normal Distribution The Unit Normal Table Probabilities and z-Scores Probabilities for Scores From a Normal Distribution Preview of Inferential Statistics

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Probability Definition: When several different outcomes are possible, we define the probability for any particular outcome as a fraction or proportion. If the possible outcome are identified as A, B, C, D, and so on, then: probability of A = number of outcomes classified as A total number of possible outcomes Notation: probability of A = p(A)

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Simple Random Sample Assumptions of Simple Random Sample: Each individual in the population have an equal chance of being selected. (Each individual outcome has equal probability) If more than one individual is to be selected for the sample, there must be constant probability for each and every selection. Solution: random sampling with replacement

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Probability and Frequency Distributions In a frequency distribution graph of a population of scores, probabilities are represented by proportions of the graph. That is, the probability of any score or set of scores correspond to the proportion of the graph associated with the scores. E.g. N = 10 Scores: 1, 1, 2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 6 Figure 6.2 of your book p (X > 4) = ? p (X = 4) = ?

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Probability & the Normal Distribution The normal distribution Figure 6.3 of your book Proportions in a normal distribution Figure 6.4 of your book Probability questions about a normal distribution e.g: Adult heights form a normal distribution with a mean of 68 inches and a standard deviation of 6 inches. What is the probability of randomly selecting an individual who is taller than 6 feet 8 inches (80 inches) p(X > 80) = ? z = (X – )/ z = (80 – 68)/6 = 2 Figure 6.5 of your book p(z > 2.00) = 2.28% or.0228

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The Unit Normal Table The unit normal table lists proportions of the normal distribution for a full range of z-scores (Appendix B, Table B.1). Figure 6.6 of your book The body (B) is always the larger part of the distribution. The tail (C) is always the smaller part of the distribution The normal distribution is symmetrical, so the proportions on the right-hand side are exactly the same as the corresponding proportions on the left-hand side. We have defined probability = proportion, so the numbers in the unit normal table are also probabilities.

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Using the Unit Normal Table to Find Proportions or Probabilities Exercise 1: What proportion of the normal distribution corresponds to z-score values greater than z = 1.00? Or, for a normal distribution, what is p(z > 1.00)? Exercise 2: For a normal distribution, what is the probability of selecting a z- score less than z = 1.50? Exercise 3: For a normal distribution, what is p (z < -0.50)? Figure 6.7 of your book Answers

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Using the Unit Normal Table to Find z-Scores The Unit Normal Table can also be used to find z-score locations for specific proportions. Exercise 1: For a normal distribution, what z-score separates the top 10% from the rest of the distribution? Exercise 2: For a normal distribution, what z-score values form the boundaries for the middle 60% of the distribution? Figure 6.8 of your book Answers

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Using the Unit Normal Table w/ X values Most of the time, the Unit Normal Table is used to find probabilities for specific X values. Step 1: Transform the X value into a z-score Step 2: Find the probability associated with the z-score in the unit normal table. E.g.: IQ scores form a normal distribution with = 100 and =15, what is the probability of randomly selecting an individual with an IQ score less than 130? p( X < 130)? z = (X – )/ = (130 – 100)/15 = 30/15 z = 2 p(z < 2) =.9772 p(X < 130) =.9772

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More Examples Finding probabilities between two scores: e.g.: The highway dept. found that the average speed is = 58 miles/hour with a standard deviation of = 10 for a local section of the interstate highway. The distribution was approximately normal. What proportion of the cars are traveling between 55 and 65 miles/hour? p(55 < X <65) For X = 55: z = (X – )/ = (55 – 58)/10 = -3/10 = For X = 65z = (65 -58)/10 = 7/10 =0.70 p(55 < X < 65) = p(-0.30 < z < 0.70) = = Figure 6.10 of your book

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More Examples To find proportions/probabilities for specific X values and to find X values for specific proportions, finding z-scores is a necessary intermediate step. Figure 6.11 of your book Example of going from proportion to X value: Scores on the SAT form a normal distribution with = 500 and = 100. What is the minimum score necessary to be in the top 15%? Figure 6.12 of your book p(X >?) = 0.15 p(z > ?) = 0.15, z = z = (X – )/ 1.04 = (X -500)/ (100) = X = X – = X 604 = X, you must have a score of at least 604

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Your Turn 1. For a normal distribution with a mean of 80 and a standard deviation of 10, what is the probability of randomly selecting a score greater than 85? Answer 2. For a normal distribution with a mean of 100 and standard deviation of 20, what is the minimum score needed to be in the top 5% of the distribution? Answer

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Preview of Inferential Statistics Experiment at the end of Ch. 5 last slide of lecture 3 Probability helps us decide exactly where to set the boundaries for what is considered extreme values Figure 6.14 of your book

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