Review for Lessons 1 to 4 (Exam 1)

Review for Lessons 1 to 4 (Exam 1)


This page is essentially the page of formulas and notes that you can use to study for Exam 1. You will find a printable version of this in Canvas that you can print out and bring to your proctored exams. The printable version also includes the normal table which you may need for the exam as well.

However, this web page contains much more information than the printable version. Click on the 'Tell Me More...' links to access the basic idea behind, examples and further references for the topics listed on this page.

Outline of Material Covered on Exam 1

Margin of Error
The Margin of Error for a sample proportion from a random sample is around \(1 / \sqrt{n}\) where n is the sample size. It does not depend on the population size.
Sampling Types
  • simple random sampling
  • stratified sampling
  • cluster sampling
  • systematic sampling
  • non-probability sampling schemes (e.g. voluntary / convenience / self-selected / haphazard)
Comparative Study types:
  • observational versus experimental
  • retrospective versus prospective
  • matched pair & block designs
  • subject-blinded /researcher-blinded / double-blinded
Variable types
  • explanatory / response / confounding
  • categorical / ordinal / discrete measurement / continuous measurement
Measurement Issues:
  • bias
  • reliability
  • validity
Sampling Issues
  • low response rate
  • nonresponse bias
  • question wording issues

sampling frame ≠ population; small sample size (low reliability); non-probability sampling schemes

Experiment Issues:
  • confounding variables
  • interacting variables
  • placebo, Hawthorne, and experimenter effects
  • lack of ecological validity
  • generalizability
Observational Study Issues:
  • confounding
  • claiming causation when only association is shown
  • extending the results inappropriately
  • using the past as a source of data
The Five Number Summary
  • minimum, lower quartile, median, upper quartile, maximum
Measure of Location
  • mean
  • median
Measures of Variability:
  • standard deviation
  • \(IQR (= Q_U – Q_L)\)
Measures of Relative Standing
  • percentiles
  • standard scores (also known as z-scores)
Pictures of Distributions
  • Boxplots or Histograms for Measurement Variables
  • piecharts or bar-graphs for categorical variables (bar graphs for ordinal variables)
  • time series plots for tracking summaries over time (issues: trend / seasonality / random fluctuations)
Distribution Shapes:
  • skewed left / skewed right / symmetric / bimodal
  • normal (bell-shaped)
Standardized Score
The z-score is equal to the value minus the average all divided by the standard deviation
Observed Value
The observational value is equal to the mean plus the product of the standardized score times the standard deviation
Emperical Rule
if a distribution is close to the normal curve then about 68% of the values are within one standard deviation of the mean and 95% are within two standard deviations of the mean
Percentiles of the normal distribution depend only on standard scores (z)

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