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Imagine a team of researchers was going to study "you." They would be gathering data from a typical day at your job, your home life, and school. When the data compilation is finished the researchers would conduct an analysis. What would a distribution or a bell curve look like from your day? Give examples of how data from aspects of your day would be distributed. For example, a physician at a clinic may see 27 patients on an average day. A slower day she may see 24, and a busy day see 30. So there is a mean of 27 patients +/-3 patients.

Do you think your data would be representative of the rest of the population? In other words, could one generalize from your typical day that this is what a typical day looks like for the rest of the population of individuals such as yourself?

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This is an interesting question, and we can look at it using the bell curve,

In a bell curve, you have the most activity at the top of the curve, which can be translated into the mean. The further you deviate away from the mean, the less and less activity you see. In fact, if you go 1 standard deviation away from the mean, you encompass 64% of the population. 2 ...

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Imagine a team of researchers was going to study "you." They would be gathering data from a typical day at your job, your home life, and school. When the data compilation is finished the researchers would conduct an analysis. What would a distribution or a bell curve look like from your day? Give examples of how data from aspects of your day would be distributed. For example, a physician at a clinic may see 27 patients on an average day. A slower day she may see 24, and a busy day see 30. So there is a mean of 27 patients +/-3 patients.

Do you think your data would be representative of the rest of the population? In other words, could one generalize from your typical day that this is what a typical day looks like for the rest of the population of individuals such as yourself?

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