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Christopher Dougherty EC220 - Introduction to econometrics (review chapter) Slideshow: exercise r.10 and r.12 Original citation: Dougherty, C. (2012) EC220 - Introduction to econometrics (review chapter). [Teaching Resource] © 2012 The Author This version available at: Available in LSE Learning Resources Online: May 2012 This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License. This license allows the user to remix, tweak, and build upon the work even for commercial purposes, as long as the user credits the author and licenses their new creations under the identical terms.

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R.10Calculate the population variance and standard deviation of X as defined in Exercise R.2 using the definition given by equation (R.8). R.12Using equation (R.9), find the variance of the random variable X defined in Exercise R.2 and show that the answer is the same as that obtained in Exercise R.10. (Note: You have already calculated m in Exercise R.4 and E(X 2 ) in Exercise R.7.) 1 EXERCISES R.10 AND R.12

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R.10Calculate the population variance and standard deviation of X as defined in Exercise R.2 using the definition given by equation (R.8). R.12Using equation (R.9), find the variance of the random variable X defined in Exercise R.2 and show that the answer is the same as that obtained in Exercise R.10. (Note: You have already calculated m in Exercise R.4 and E(X 2 ) in Exercise R.7.) 2 EXERCISES R.10 AND R.12 We will start with Exercise R.10.

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Population variance of X EXERCISES R.10 AND R.12 The expected value of the squared deviation is known as the population variance of X. It is a measure of the dispersion of the distribution of X about its population mean. 3

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EXERCISES R.10 AND R.12 In Exercise R.4 we found that X had the probability distribution shown above. 4 x i p i x i – (x i – ) 2 (x i – ) 2 p i 11/36– /36– /36– /36– / /

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EXERCISES R.10 AND R.12 5 x i p i x i – (x i – ) 2 (x i – ) 2 p i 11/36– /36– /36– /36– / / To calculate the population variance, we first calculate the deviations of the possible values of X about its population mean.

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EXERCISES R.10 AND R.12 In Exercise R.4 we saw that the population mean of X was 161/36, that is, 4.47 to two decimal places. To minimize rounding error in our working, we will take it to four decimal places. 6 x i p i x i – (x i – ) 2 (x i – ) 2 p i 11/36– /36– /36– /36– / /

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EXERCISES R.10 AND R.12 When X is equal to 1, the deviation is – x i p i x i – (x i – ) 2 (x i – ) 2 p i 11/36– /36– /36– /36– / /

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8 EXERCISES R.10 AND R.12 Similarly for the other possible values. x i p i x i – (x i – ) 2 (x i – ) 2 p i 11/36– /36– /36– /36– / /

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9 EXERCISES R.10 AND R.12 Next we need a column giving the squared deviations. When X is equal to 1, the squared deviation is x i p i x i – (x i – ) 2 (x i – ) 2 p i 11/36– /36– /36– /36– / /

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10 EXERCISES R.10 AND R.12 Similarly for the other values of X. x i p i x i – (x i – ) 2 (x i – ) 2 p i 11/36– /36– /36– /36– / /

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11 EXERCISES R.10 AND R.12 x i p i x i – (x i – ) 2 (x i – ) 2 p i 11/36– /36– /36– /36– / / Now we start weighting the squared deviations by the corresponding probabilities. What do you think the weighted average will be? Have a guess.

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12 EXERCISES R.10 AND R.12 A reason for making an initial guess is that it may help you to identify an arithmetical error, if you make one. If the initial guess and the outcome are very different, that is a warning. x i p i x i – (x i – ) 2 (x i – ) 2 p i 11/36– /36– /36– /36– / /

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13 EXERCISES R.10 AND R.12 We calculate all the other weighted squared deviations. x i p i x i – (x i – ) 2 (x i – ) 2 p i 11/36– /36– /36– /36– / /

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The sum is the population variance of X. 14 EXERCISES R.10 AND R.12 x i p i x i – (x i – ) 2 (x i – ) 2 p i 11/36– /36– /36– /36– / /

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x i p i x i – (x i – ) 2 (x i – ) 2 p i 11/36– /36– /36– /36– / / The standard deviation of X is the square root of its population variance, in this example EXERCISES R.10 AND R.12

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16 Now for Exercise R.12. R.10Calculate the population variance and standard deviation of X as defined in Exercise R.2 using the definition given by equation (R.8). R.12Using equation (R.9), find the variance of the random variable X defined in Exercise R.2 and show that the answer is the same as that obtained in Exercise R.10. (Note: You have already calculated m in Exercise R.4 and E(X 2 ) in Exercise R.7.)

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EXERCISES R.10 AND R.12 In Exercise R.7 we showed that E(X 2 ) was 791/36, which is to two decimal places. To minimize rounding error, we will take it to four decimal places, , in our working. 17

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EXERCISES R.10 AND R.12 We have already seen that = E(X) =

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EXERCISES R.10 AND R.12 Hence, using the alternative expression, we find that the population variance is Apart from rounding error affecting the last digit, this is the same as in Exercise R.10 (1.9715). 19

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