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## Statistics and probability

### Course: Statistics and probability > Unit 6

Lesson 4: Types of studies (experimental vs. observational)- Types of statistical studies
- Worked example identifying experiment
- Worked example identifying observational study
- Worked example identifying sample study
- Observational studies and experiments
- Types of statistical studies
- Appropriate statistical study example

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# Worked example identifying sample study

Worked example identifying sample study.

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- When it comes to sampling study what percentage of the sample from the population is more sufficient in terms of statistics.(3 votes)
- An example of sample study is researching the opinions of students in your university, you could survey a sample of 100 students.(1 vote)

## Video transcript

- [Instructor] Let's take a
look at some statistical studies and see if we can figure
out what type they are. So this first one, "Roy's Toys received "a shipment of 100,000 rubber
duckies from the factory. "The factory couldn't promise
that all rubber duckies "are in perfect form, "but they promised that the percentage "of defective toys won't exceed 5%." Let me underline that. "They promised that the percentage "of defective toys won't exceed 5%. "Roy wanted to get an estimation "of the percentage of defective toys, "and since he couldn't go over
the entire 100,000 duckies, "he took a random sample of 10 duckies. "He found that 10% of
them were defective." So what's going on here? Roy gets a shipment. There's a 100,000 ducks in the shipment. He wants to figure out what percentage of them are defective. He can't look at all 100,000 ducks. It's not practical, so he samples 10 of them. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10, and he finds that one out
of those 10 are defective, 10% of the 10. So first of all, this is clearly a sample study. This is a sample study. How do we know that? Well, he is taking a sample
from a broader population in order to estimate a parameter, and the parameter is the
percentage of those 100,000 duckies that are actually defective. Now, the next question is is what kind of conclusion can he make. Roy, since he got the shipment, and he took a sample and he found that 10% of
the sample was defective, he might be all up in arms and say, "Oh, this toy
shipment from the factory, "they violated this promise "that the percentage of defective toys "won't exceed 5% "'cause I sampled 10 toys, "and 10% of those 10 toys were defective." Well, that isn't a reasonable conclusion because this is a small sample. This is a small sample. Think about it. He could have sampled five duckies, and if he just happened to
get one of the defective ones, he would have said, "Oh,
maybe 20% are defective." What he's really gotta do is sample, take a larger sample, and, once again, whatever your sampling, there's always a probability that your estimate is going to be not close or definitely not the same as the parameter for the population. But the larger your sample, the higher a probability
that your estimate is close to the actual
parameter for the population, and 10 of this is just too low. In future videos, we'll talk about how you
can estimate the probability or how you can figure out whether your sample seemed sufficient. But for this one, for what Roy did, I don't think 10 duckies is enough. If he sampled maybe 100 duckies, or more than that, and he found that 10%
of them were defective, well, that seems less likely to happen just purely due to chance. Let's do a few more of these, and actually, I'll do
those in the next videos.