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    Hi, I need help understanding how do I use t-distribution to estimate the tα/2 . Also what is meant when it asks "verify your result with empirical rule"
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    Quote Originally Posted by lilyungn View Post
    Hi, I need help understanding how do I use t-distribution to estimate the tα/2 . Also what is meant when it asks "verify your result with empirical rule"
    Values of t for different levels of significance can be read from a table. Most statistics textbooks have such tables (usually in an appendix at the back).
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    Basically i'm working on a problem that asks that part of the question. I have solved for the population mean, and have different samples with 3 data in them. I calculated the x-bar of those samples with the standard dev and have gotten their confidence intervals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lilyungn View Post
    Basically i'm working on a problem that asks that part of the question. I have solved for the population mean, and have different samples with 3 data in them. I calculated the x-bar of those samples with the standard dev and have gotten their confidence intervals.
    Could you post the actual question?

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    here is the question: I found the mean, standard dev, samples, their mean and standard dev. I'm stuck at the t-distribution part...I found the confidence interval but someone told me im supposed to use t distribution to do that, so I guess I have to do them over?

    Let A, B, C, D, and E are 6 units of a population. The measurements associated with A, B, C. D, E units are 76, 77, 78, 81, and 82, respectively.

    - Find the population mean and its standard deviation
    - List all possible samples of size 3 from those 5 units
    - From each sample, compute the mean, standard deviation, and 95% confidence interval. Use t-distribution to estimate the tα/2 because we have a small size.
    - How many intervals contain population mean? Can you verify your result with empirical rule? Do they agree?
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