# Statistics: Flights at O'Hare, FAX costs, coin flipping, processing orders

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The mean arrival rate of flights at O'Hare Airport in marginal weather is 195 flights per hour with a historical standard deviation of 13 flights. To increase arrivals, a new air traffic control procedure is implemented. In the next 30 days of marginal weather the mean arrival rate is 200 flights per hour. (a) Set up a right-tailed decision rule at α=.025 to decide whether there has been a significant increase in the mean number of arrivals per hour. (b) Carry out the test and make the decision. Is it close? Would the decision be different if you used α = .01? (c) What assumptions are you making, if any? Flights

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Faced with rising fax costs, a firm issued a guideline that transmissions of 10 pages or more

should be sent by 2-day mail instead. Exceptions are allowed, but they want the average to be 10

or below. The firm examined 35 randomly chosen fax transmissions during the next year, yielding a sample mean of 14.44 with a standard deviation of 4.45 pages. (a) At the .01 level of significance, is the true mean greater than 10? (b) Use Excel to find the right-tail p-value.

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A coin was flipped 60 times and came up heads 38 times. (a) At the .10 level of significance, is the coin biased toward heads? Show your decision rule and calculations. (b) Calculate a p-value and interpret it.

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The Web-based company Oh Baby! Gifts has a goal of processing 95 percent of its orders on the

same day they are received. If 485 out of the next 500 orders are processed on the same day, would this prove that they are exceeding their goal, using α = .025? (See story.news.yahoo.com accessed June 25, 2004.)