Essentials of Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 8th Edition

Published by Cengage Learning
ISBN 10: 1133956572
ISBN 13: 978-1-13395-657-0

Chapter 1 - Introduction to Statistics - Problems: 4

Answer

Sampling error is the discrepancy between a sample statistic and the corresponding population parameter, which occurs naturally because even correctly drawn samples will likely not represent the population perfectly. This is a problem for inferential statistics because there is a possibility (but a small possibility if everything is calculated correctly) that the sample statistic will be so inaccurate that it is not useful.

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Sampling error is the discrepancy between a sample statistic and the corresponding population parameter, which occurs naturally because even correctly drawn samples will likely not represent the population perfectly. This is a problem for inferential statistics because there is a possibility (but a small possibility if everything is calculated correctly) that the sample statistic will be so inaccurate that it is not useful.
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