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Statistics Confidence Interval Practice

1. A hardware manufacturer produces bolts used to assemble various machines.
Assume that the diameter of bolts produced by this manufacturer has an unknown
population mean and the standard deviation is 0.1 mm. Suppose the average
diameter of a simple random sample of 50 bolts is 5.11 mm.

(a) Calculate the margin of error of a 95% confidence interval for .

(b) What is the width of a 95% confidence interval for ?

2. You want to rent an unfurnished one-bedroom apartment in Boston next year. The
mean monthly rent for a simple random sample of 32 apartments advertised in the
local newspaper is $1,400. Assume that the standard deviation is known to be
$220.

(a) Find a 99% confidence interval for the mean monthly rent for unfurnished
one-bedroom apartments available for rent in this community.

(b) Does the confidence interval give us information about the statistic or the
parameter?

(c) How to interpret a 99% confidence interval for the mean? (Circle the best
answer.)

a. 99% of the intervals constructed using this process based on same-sized
samples from this population will include the sample mean.
b. 99% of the possible sample means
c. 99% of the intervals constructed using this process based on same-sized
samples from this population will include the population mean.
d. 99% of the possible population means will be included by the interval.

(d) What if the sample size was 40 for the 99% confidence interval in (a). How
would the confidence interval change with this larger sample size? No
calculations necessary. (Circle the best answer.)

a. The confidence interval would be the same width but shifted to the left
b. The confidence interval would be the same width but shifted to the right
c. The confidence interval would have the same center but be wider
d. The confidence interval would have the same center but be narrower

3. We have IQ test scores of 31 seventh-grade girls in a Midwest school district. We
have calculated that sample mean is 105.84 and the standard deviation is 14.27.

(a) Give a 99% confidence interval for the average score in the population. What
is the margin of error?

(b) In fact, these are the scores of 31 girls who volunteered to share their results
with the researchers. Explain carefully why we cannot trust the confidence
interval from (a).

4. The New York Times and CBS News conducted a nationwide poll of 1048
randomly selected 13- to 17-year-olds. We can consider the sample to be a SRS.

(a) Of these 1048 teenagers, 692 had a television in their room. Give a 95%
confidence interval for the proportion of all people in this age group who had a
TV in their room at the time of the poll.

(b) Of the 1048 teens surveyed, 189 named Fox as their favorite television
network. Give a 90% confidence interval for the proportion of all people in
this age group who would choose Fox as their favorite network.

(c) Suppose you were to change the confidence level in (b) to 95% using the same
sample. How would the confidence interval change? No calculations
necessary. (Circle the best answer.)

a. The confidence interval would be the same width but shifted to the left
b. The confidence interval would be the same width but shifted to the right
c. The confidence interval would have the same center but be wider
d. The confidence interval would have the same center but be narrower

5. A random sample of 188 books purchased at a local bookstore showed that 66 of
the books were murder mysteries. Find and interpret a 90% confidence interval for
the proportion of books sold by this store that are murder mysteries.

 

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