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    hypothesis test question

    i need an explanation as to how an answer of 0.891 is obtained in this question..theres just too much info ... its leaving me all confused

    In a recent survey, 480 of 600 Canadians polled stated that they were dissatisfied with politicians. Of the remaining 120 who were polled, 75% were satisfied with politicians and 25% had no opinion. Assuming that these findings can be generalized to all canadians.

    In a second study, the news service tries out the new approach to presenting information on a random sample of 25 people who initially expressed no opinion about an issue. The news service will test the hypothesis that the new approach is more successful than previous methods in getting people to form an opinion using alpha < 0.03. Suppose that the new approach would actually cause 80% of initially no-opinion people to form a definite opinion. Given this, what is the probability that the news service will draw the correct conclusion based upon their second study.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aptiva
    i need an explanation as to how an answer of 0.891 is obtained in this question..theres just too much info ... its leaving me all confused

    In a recent survey, 480 of 600 Canadians polled stated that they were dissatisfied with politicians. Of the remaining 120 who were polled, 75% were satisfied with politicians and 25% had no opinion. Assuming that these findings can be generalized to all canadians.

    In a second study, the news service tries out the new approach to presenting information on a random sample of 25 people who initially expressed no opinion about an issue. The news service will test the hypothesis that the new approach is more successful than previous methods in getting people to form an opinion using alpha < 0.03. Suppose that the new approach would actually cause 80% of initially no-opinion people to form a definite opinion. Given this, what is the probability that the news service will draw the correct conclusion based upon their second study.
    These paragraphs don't seem to be connected. The first talks about a survey; the second talks about a study. The second paragraph also talks about "the new approach" and "previous methods" but there is no description of these. When it says "the new approach is more successful than previous methods," how successful were the previous methods? What do you compare the 80% to? No telling from this. I'd say the question is faulty and cannot be answered.
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    oh sorry
    there were few part questions before that one that i didnt see so thats why this question doesnt make sense

    the question i posted was part D

    In a recent survey, 480 of 600 Canadians polled stated that they were dissatisfied with politicians. Of the remaining 120 who were polled, 75% were satisfied with politicians and 25% had no opinion. Assuming that these findings can be generalized to all canadians.

    A) In a random sample of 4 canadians, what is the probability that no more than 1 would be satisfied with politicans?
    Answer is 0.89

    B) If two random and independent samples of Canadian's were taken, one consisting of 20 people and the other of 25 people, what is the probability that more than 18 of the sample of 20 or that between 19 and 23 (inclusively) of the sample of 25 would state a definite opinion (for or against) about politicians?
    Answer is 0.8302

    C) Among people who initially have no opinion, 50% will typically form an opinion (for or against an issue) after reading a relevant news report. In an attempt to get more people to form an opinion and take one side or the other on political issues, a news service has developed a new approach to presenting information on the issues. It tried this out on a random sample of 20 people who initially claimed that they had no opinion about an issue. The news service will conclude that the new approach is more effective if at least 15 of these 20 report a definite opinion about the issue after reading about it. What is the probability that the news will conclude that the new approach is more effective even if it is in fact no better than previous methods?

    D) is the question in my original post
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    The answer I got for part D was .919, not .891, so I have no explanation. I determined what the hypothesis test would be (from part C the null hypothesis would be 50% form opinions) and then found the probability the null would be rejected if on average 80% actually form opinions. But using normal approximations that leads to .919, so something is off.
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