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Intro to LSP 121 Normal DistributionsLSP 121

Welcome to LSP 121Quantitative Reasoning and Technological Literacy IIContinuation of concepts from LSP 120Topics we feel you will need to make it through college and into a careerNormal distributionsDescriptive statistics and correlationProbability and riskDatabasesAlgorithmsIf you feel you know this material, take the testSee Syllabus under Prerequisites

What is a Normal Distribution?Very common, very special type of distributionMost data values are clustered near the mean (a single peak)Distribution is symmetricTapering tales as you move away from the meanLooks like a bell curve

The 68-95-99.7 RuleAbout 68% (68.3%), or just over 2/3, of the data points fall within 1 standard deviation (+ or -) of the meanAbout 95% (95.4%) of the data points fall within 2 standard deviations of the meanAbout 99.7% of the data points fall within 3 standard deviations of the mean

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How many percent lie between mean -1 standard deviation and mean + 1 standard deviation?68%

How many percent lie between mean + 1 stdev and mean +3 stdev?15.85%

How many percent lie greater than mean + 3 stdev? 0.15%

ExampleIn the real world, SAT exams typically produce normal distributions with a mean of 500 and a standard deviation of 100.Thus, 68% of the students score between 400 and 60095% of the students score between 300 and 70099.7% score between 200 and 800What if someone scored 720 on the SAT? What percentage of students scored less than or equal to 720?Use Excels NORMDIST functionIn a cell type: =NORMDIST(X, mean, stdev, true)For our problem: =NORMDIST(720, 500, 100, TRUE)Answer = 0.986097, or 98.6097%What percentage scored greater than 720?

** Another ExampleA survey finds that prices paid for two-year-old Ford Explorers are normally distributed with a mean of $16,500 and a standard deviation of $500. Consider a sample of 10,000 people who bought two-year-old Ford Explorers.How many people paid between $16,000 and $17,000?=NORMDIST(16000,16500,500,true) yields 0.158655=NORMDIST(17000, 16500, 500, true) yields 0.841345Subtract: 0.841345 0.158655 yields 0.682689Or use the graph two slides back

Another ExampleHow many paid less than $16,000?=NORMDIST(16000, 16500, 500, true) yields 0.158655, or 15.8655 % Or use the graph

What is another way of saying What percentage of values are less than or equal to some value X? (see next slide)

PercentilesThe nth percentile of a data set is the smallest value in the set with the property that n% of the data values are less than or equal to it.In a normal distribution, a z score of 0 is the mean. At the mean, 50% (or 0.50) of all the values are less than or equal to the mean. The mean is the 50th percentile.

ExampleCholesterol levels in men 18 to 24 years of age are normally distributed with a mean of 178 and a standard deviation of 41.In what percentile is a man with a cholesterol level of 190?

Using Excels normdist function:=normdist(190,178,41,true) returns 0.61, or 61st percentile

Standard ScoresThe standard score is the number of standard deviations a value lies above or below the mean. aka: Standard score, z-score, z

The standard score of the mean is z=0Recall that mean is a better word for average

Example: The standard score of a data value 1.5 standard deviations above the mean is z=1.5Example: What is the standard score for a student who scores 300 on an exam with a mean of 400, standard deviation of 100?This student scored exactly 1 SD below the mean, so: z = -1

Standard ScoresThe standard score of a data value 2.4 standard deviations below the mean is z = -2.4

In general:z = (data value mean) / standard deviationthe data value is typically called x

ExampleThe Stanford-Binet IQ test is designed so that scores are normally distributed with a mean of 100 and a standard deviation of 16. What are the z-scores for IQ scores of 95 and 125?z = (95 - 100) / 16 = -0.31z = (125 - 100) / 16 = 1.56 Thus, an IQ score of 125 lies 1.56 standard deviations above the mean.

Inverse Normal Distribution FunctionWhat if you know the mean, standard deviation, and percentile, and want to know the actual value (X)?Recall: z = (x mean) / standard deviationYou can also use Excels NORMINVKnow how to use BOTH. On an exam, youll use the formula.

Example: If a set of exam scores has a mean of 76, a standard deviation of 12, and one score is at the 86th percentile, what was the students exact numeric score? Answer: x = 88.9

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