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Surveys: How Constructed, Administered and Interpreted

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5-You are talking with your parents and they tell you that they read about a survey that indicated that college students get drunk about once per week during their first two years in school. They tell you that they are
concerned about your drinking habits since you likely were drinking too much. How would you respond based on what you know about how surveys are constructed, administered, and interpreted?

6- After you respond to your parents in Question 1, they become more interested in the types of surveys. Describe the types of surveys one can use along with the advantages and disadvantages of each.

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It is highly unlikely that such a generalization can be made about all college students. It may be the case that the sample of college students selected gave responses that could be generalized, but we cannot be certain that the sampling was scientific, random, or sufficiently large. For example, it may be the case that the ones conducting the survey only polled students who drank or students who got drunk regularly. If the sample consisted of students who got drunk regularly, then it could very well be the case that these students got drunk once per week on average. However, your parents should not necessarily apply ...

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The solution discusses how surveys are constructed, administered and interpreted.