Sampling Distributions

STAT 20: Introduction to Probability and Statistics


  1. Concept Questions
  2. PS Analog Worksheet
  3. Lab 5.1: People’s Park


The top plots are population distributions; the bottom two are sampling distributions of the sample mean. Match numbers to letters.

Say we want estimate the size of an average class at Berkeley.

Should we ask the administration? Or should we survey the students, ask them how large their classes are, and take the average of these values? Does it matter?


Scenario 1: Calling on the front row

How would the sampling distribution change if instead of calling on the front row, the Prof. put all 527 names on tickets in a box, mixed them up, then drew 18 names without replacement?


Scenario 2: Drawing names from a box