1) A poll is planned to determine what proportion of all students favor an increase in fees to support a new track and field stadium. A questionnaire will be published and the first 1000 completed questionnaires will be analyzed. Which of the following errors will be associated with the sample?
A. Sampling errors only
B. Sampling errors and errors due to selection bias
C. Only non-sampling errors
D. Errors due to interviewer bias and selection bias
2) A recent study of breast cancer revealed that 13% of the women in the sample used antibiotics more than 500 days in their lifetime. Further, 79% of these “heavy antibiotics users” developed breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, one in twelve women will develop breast cancer at some time in her life. Of the numbers mentioned, which are parameters?
A. 79% and one in twelve
B. 13% and 79%
C. 79% and 500 days
D. 13% and one in twelve
3) What is the difference between probability sampling and simple random sampling?
A. In probability sampling each item has an identical chance of being chosen.
B. There is no difference.
C. Simple random sampling is a type of probability sampling.
D. Probability sampling is a type of simple random sample.
4) Which of the following is NOT a reason one should have knowledge of statistics?
A. To be able to mount an effective effort to change a government regulation that negatively affects one’s business
B. To help interpret existing information
C. To increase the amount of information available for use
D. To make future projections of one’s sales
5) Which of the following is an example of statistical inference?
A. Calculating the amount of fly spray needed for your orchard next season.
B. Calculating the mean age of patients discharged from hospitals in New York State in 1997.
C. Counting the number of patients who file malpractice suits after being discharged from hospitals in New York State.
D. Calculating the mean number of fruit trees damaged by Mediterranean fruit flies in California last year.
6) Which of the following is NOT a characteristic of an ideal statistician?
A. Can deal with imperfect information
B. Adapts answers to client desires
C. Technically current (e.g. software)
D. Communicates well (both written and oral)
7) If terms such as positive, negative, more than, and less than, are used, then these hypotheses are_________.
A. nondirectional hypotheses
B. null hypotheses
C. directional hypotheses
D. alternative hypotheses
8) A ___________ variable changes the relationship between the independent and dependent variables.
9) Which of the following is NOT a potential source of survey error?
A. Interviewer error
B. Coverage error
C. Measurement error
D. Standard error
10) Which of these is NOT an acceptable type of survey question?
A. leading question
B. ranking questions
D. Likert scale
11) Name the item that is NOT a recognized survey guideline.
A. quality control
C. ability to find friendly survey respondents
D. pilot or beta test
12) Which of the following is NOT an ethical concern for the statistical researcher?
A. Conceal financial support
B. Maintain data accuracy
C. Accurate reporting of procedures
D. Accepted procedures are followed
13) Which of the following is NOT an ethical concern for the statistical researcher?
A. Monetary compensation
B. Use of sound methodology
C. Informed consent
D. Protection of confidentiality
14) Which of the following is not an ethical concern for the statistical researcher?
A. Cite sources
B. Inhumane treatment of animals
C. Manipulation of data
D. Privacy of privacy
15) The average score for a class of 30 students was 75. The 20 male students in the class averaged 70. The 10 female students in the class averaged
16) Textbook Price Number of Textbooks $25 to $35 2 35 to 45 16 45 to 55 5 55 to 65 7 65 to 75 20 Estimate the mean price of a textbook.
17) A study of the scores on an in plant course in management principles and the years of service of the employees enrolled in the course yielded the following statistics: Test Scores: mean=100 variance = 225 Years of Service: mean=5 variance = 81 Of test scores and years of service, which measure has the greater dispersion?
A. It is impossible to tell.
B. Years of service
C. The short-run effects of those changes are always more beneficial to society than are the long-run effects.
D. Test scores
18) Identify the scale which has no meaningful zero.
19) Which measurement uses absolute values?
A. interval scale
B. ordinal scale
C. harmonic scale
D. ratio correct
20) Which of these measurement scales has a rank order associated with its use?
21) The Information Commons in the main library has 150 personal computers. The probability that any one of them will require repair on a given day is 0.02. To find the probability that exactly 25 of the computers will require repair, one would use what type of probability distribution?
A. Hypergeometric distribution
B. Binomial distribution
C. Poisson distribution
D. Normal distribution
22) The local police department must write, on average, 5 tickets a day to keep department revenues at budgeted levels. Suppose the number of tickets written per day follows a Poisson distribution with a mean of 5.5 tickets per day. Interpret the value of the mean.
A. The mean cannot be interpreted.
B. The number of tickets written most often is 5.5 tickets per day