Question

MATH221 Statistics for Decision Making

Week 4 LAB

Calculating Binomial Probabilities

NOTE: For question 1, you will be using the same data
file your instructor gave you for the Week 2 Lab.

1.Using the data file from your instructor (same one you used
for the Week 2 Lab), calculate descriptive statistics for the
variable (Coin) where each of the thirty-five students in the
sample flipped a coin 10 times. Round your answers to three decimal
places and type the mean and the standard deviation in the grey
area below.

Plotting the Binomial Probabilities

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For the next part of the lab, open the Week 3 Excel
worksheet. This will be used for the next few questions,
rather than the data file used for the first question.

1.
Click on the “binomial tables” workbook

2.Type in n=10 and p=0.5; this simulates ten flips of a coin
where x is counting the number of heads that occur throughout the
ten flips

3.Create a scatter plot, either directly in this spreadsheet
(if you are comfortable with those steps), or by using the Week 1
spreadsheet and copying the data from here onto that sheet (x would
be the x variable, and P(X=x) would be the y variable.

4.
Repeat steps 2 and 3 with n=10 and p=0.25

5.
Repeat steps 2 and 3 with n=10 and p=0.75

6.
In the end, you will have three scatter plots for the first
question below.

2.
Create scatter plots for the binomial distribution when p=0.50,
p=0.25, and p=0.75 (see directions above). Paste the three
scatter plots in the grey area below.

Calculating Descriptive Statistics

Short Answer Writing Assignment – Both the calculated
binomial probabilities and the descriptive statistics from the
class database will be used to answer the following
questions. Round all numeric answers to three decimal places.

3.List the probability value for each possibility in the
binomial experiment calculated at the beginning of this lab, which
was calculated with the probability of a success being ½. (Complete
sentences not necessary; round your answers to three decimal
places.)

P(x=0)
P(x=6)

P(x=1)
P(x=7)

P(x=2)
P(x=8)

P(x=3)
P(x=9)

P(x=4)
P(x=10)

P(x=5)

4.Give the probability for the following based on the
calculations in question 3 above, with the probability of a success
being ½. (Complete sentences not necessary; round your answers to
three decimal places.)

5.Calculate (by hand) the mean and standard deviation for the
binomial distribution with the probability of a success being ½ and
n = 10. Either show your work or explain how your answer was
calculated. Use these formulas to do the hand calculations: Mean =
np, Standard Deviation
=

6.Calculate (by hand) the mean and standard deviation for the
binomial distribution with the probability of a success being ¼ and
n = 10. Write a comparison of these statistics to those from
question 5 in a short paragraph of several complete sentences. Use
these formulas to do the hand calculations: Mean = np, Standard
Deviation =

7.Calculate (by hand) the mean and standard deviation for the
binomial distribution with the probability of a success being ¾ and
n = 10. Write a comparison of these statistics to those from
question 6 in a short paragraph of several complete sentences. Use
these formulas to do the hand calculations: Mean = np, Standard
Deviation =

8.Using all four of the properties of a Binomial experiment
(see page 201 in the textbook) explain in a short paragraph of
several complete sentences why the Coin variable from the class
survey represents a binomial distribution from a binomial
experiment.

9.Compare the mean and standard deviation for the Coin
variable (question 1) with those of the mean and standard deviation
for the binomial distribution that was calculated by hand in
question 5. Explain how they are related in a short paragraph of
several complete sentences.

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