1: Sampling and Data

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Included in this chapter are the basic ideas and words of probability and statistics. You will soon understand that statistics and probability work together. You will also learn how data are gathered and what "good" data can be distinguished from "bad."

• 1.1: Introduction
Included in this chapter are the basic ideas and words of probability and statistics. You will soon understand that statistics and probability work together. You will also learn how data are gathered and what "good" data can be distinguished from "bad."
• 1.2: Definitions of Statistics, Probability, and Key Terms
The mathematical theory of statistics is easier to learn when you know the language. This module presents important terms that will be used throughout the text.
• 1.3: Data, Sampling, and Variation in Data and Sampling
Data are individual items of information that come from a population or sample. Data may be classified as qualitative, quantitative continuous, or quantitative discrete. Because it is not practical to measure the entire population in a study, researchers use samples to represent the population. A random sample is a representative group from the population chosen by using a method that gives each individual in the population an equal chance of being included in the sample.
• 1.4: Frequency, Frequency Tables, and Levels of Measurement
Some calculations generate numbers that are artificially precise. It is not necessary to report a value to eight decimal places when the measures that generated that value were only accurate to the nearest tenth. Round off your final answer to one more decimal place than was present in the original data. This means that if you have data measured to the nearest tenth of a unit, report the final statistic to the nearest hundredth.
• 1.5: Experimental Design and Ethics
A poorly designed study will not produce reliable data. There are certain key components that must be included in every experiment. To eliminate lurking variables, subjects must be assigned randomly to different treatment groups. One of the groups must act as a control group, demonstrating what happens when the active treatment is not applied. Participants in the control group receive a placebo treatment that looks exactly like the active treatments but cannot influence the response variable.
• 1.6: Sampling and Data (Exercises)
These are homework exercises to accompany the Textmap created for "Introductory Statistics" by OpenStax.