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Data Collection Understand data collection process

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Refresh Test the questionnaire on a few people first to see if it works OK or needs amending. Pilot survey: Sample Size and Type: Decide on the size and type of the sample that you intend to use. Will it be a simple random sample or a stratified random sample? Simple Random Sampling After producing a questionnaire for your survey (see Questionnaires and Surveys) you will need to organise a sample.

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Samples and Populations. In our earlier work on surveys we produced questionnaires to be given out to students in a school. The number of students in the school is called the population and the number of students that receive the questionnaire is called the sample. However, in statistics the word population has a much broader meaning and can be taken to be a group of anything (for example objects as well as people). The sample is that part of the population under consideration. For instance the population could be the number of light bulbs produced by a manufacture during a day and the sample could be every 50 th light bulb produced. Samples are taken by manufacturers of products to ensure that the quality is up to the required standard.

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Population Possible Samples TVs produced by a factory..Every 20 th TV Childrens trousers made in a factory.Every 30 th pair Punctuality of buses in a city. Check punctuality for 10 different routes Tyre produced by manufacturer.5% of all tyres produced

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Why do we take a Sample? Simple Random Sampling Too expensive and too time consuming to survey an entire population. If the population under consideration is a set of objects such as car tyres/nuts and bolts etc then they may need to be tested to destruction. After producing a questionnaire for your survey (see Questionnaires and Surveys) you will need to organise a sample.

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Precautions with the Sample Simple Random Sampling The sample taken should be representative of the whole population under consideration. A sample that is not representative is said to be biased. After producing a questionnaire for your survey (see Questionnaires and Surveys) you will need to organise a sample.

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Simple Random Sampling Discuss why the following samples may not be representative (i.e. biased) of the populations. 1. Stuarts group are going to carry out a survey about the average time spent on homework by students in their school. They decide to give a questionnaire about this to every one in their class 2. Saras group are going to carry out a survey about peoples views on reading books and whether this improves spelling standards. They decide to sample the views of students as they enter the library. 3. A retail outlet wants to get views on what people think about digital TVs. They decide to ring up the first fifty people in the phone book. 4. A car manufacture wants to check the quality of doors made for its cars by one of their five door teams (teams A,B,C,D and E) in the factory. It decides to check 10% of all doors made by team B on a Friday afternoon.

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Simple Random Sampling In a simple random sample every member of the population under consideration has an equal chance of being chosen. After producing a questionnaire for your survey (see Questionnaires and Surveys) you will need to organise a sample. We will look at the methods of simple random sampling in the context of a school survey on homework.

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Hat Simple Random Sampling Method 1 Example: Out of a school of 618 students forty are to be selected to take part in a survey on Homework. 1. Assign a three digit number from 001 to 618 to each student. 2. Write each number on a piece of paper (or use raffle tickets), place in a hat and mix up. 3. Draw the forty numbers from the hat.

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Random Number Table Simple Random Sampling Method Use a random number table. You can start anywhere (i.e. randomly) in the table and go in any direction left, right, up or down in groups of 3 digits until all 40 numbers are chosen. In this example we start by going down then left. Starting from this Remove unwanted digits and continue until you have your 40 numbers.

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Simple Random Sampling Use your printed random table to take a random sample of size 20 from a school population of 450.

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Calculator Simple Random Sampling Method 3 Use a random number generator. Using a scientific calculator press Shift/Inv key followed by the RND/random key to generate three digit numbers from to Ignore the decimal points and simply read as a 3 digit number.

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Simple Random Sampling Ignore the decimal points and simply read as a 3 digit number. Use your calculator to obtain a random sample of size 25 from a school population of 580.

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Worksheet Worksheet

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Discrete and Continuous Data Discrete data can only take on certain individual values. Continuous data can take on any value in a certain range. Example 2 Length of a film is a continuous variable. Example 1 Number of pages in a book is a discrete variable. Example 3 Shoe size is a Discrete variable. E.g. 5, 5½, 6, 6½ etc. Not in between. Example 4 Temperature is a continuous variable. Example 5 Number of people in a race is a discrete variable. Example 6 Time taken to run a race is a continuous variable.

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Volume of a cereal box Population of a town Number of goals in a season Number of matches in a box Length of a crocodile Shirt collar size Speed of a car Temperature of oven Discrete? Continuous? Group the following as either discrete or continuous data.

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Volume of a cereal box Population of a town Number of goals in a season Number of matches in a box Length of a crocodile Shirt collar size Top speed of a car Temperatur e of oven DiscreteContinuous

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