Task Background: As you begin this course, one question that may come to mind is “What is statistics?” In a media-driven society, you probably encounter statistics all the time. For example, you turn on your local news to watch the weather and you hear the statement ,”There is a 60% chance of rain in the forecast today,” or you drive past a billboard that reads “Our cellular network covers over 92% of customers across the globe.” Statements such as these are examples of statistics. In this Discussion Board, you will explore concepts to help define statistics.
Please discuss the following concepts in your own words. Be substantive and clear, and use examples to reinforce your ideas:
One of the main goals of a statistics is to collect data and use that data to draw meaningful conclusions. There are 2 types of data used in statistics: population data and sample data.
Define population and sample in your own words.
Explain the relationship between the sample and population.
Why is a sample used more often than a population?
Find a newspaper article or research online to find a survey that captures your interest.
Provide a brief overview of the survey.
Identify the sample and population used in the survey.
Describe the method for collecting the data in your survey.
Be sure to cite your source.
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