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STATS - Should You Believe a Statistical Study?




We are bombarded by statistical information from a wide variety of sources. Much of the statistical research performed in the world is conducted with a great deal of integrity, validity, and reliability. However, there are many statistical studies that are conducted that are?whether intentionally or unintentionally?plagued by bias.;As a member of society, and as a consumer, it is prudent to develop the skills necessary to critically examine reported statistical claims. Determining whether the report contains bias is a great way to determine the reliability of study results and make a better informed decision.;In this assignment, you will apply the guidelines found in the textbook Unit 5B ?Should You Believe a Statistical Study?? in order to critically analyze the content, design, and reported results of a statistical study.;Conduct an Internet search to find a study whose statistical results have been published in the news or any other public forum. Applying the following guidelines, critically analyze the study?s reported content and results.;Identify the goal, population, and type of study.;Who conducted the study? Is there bias here?;Is there bias in the sample used in the study?;Are there any problems in defining or measuring the variables of interest in the study?;Are there any confounding variables present in the study?;Are the results presented fairly?;Is the study?s conclusion reasonable? Does it make sense?;Do the results make practical significance?;Write your initial response in a minimum of 200 words. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.


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