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use the given data to find the minimum sample size required to estimate a population...
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The error is 1/2 of the confidence interval. Since we want 99% confidence, we have `z_(alpha/2)=2.58` .
Then the error E is given by`E=2.58sqrt((pq)/n)` where p is the percentage with a given characteristic, and q the percentage without. Here p=.14,q=.86, E=.02 and we want to solve for n:
`16641=n/.1204` Square both sides; then reciprocate both sides
`n=2004` rounding to the next integer.
Thus the minimum sample size is 2004 to yield an error of 2 percent with a 99% confidence.
Posted by embizze on May 31, 2012 at 4:26 AM (Answer #1)
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