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A random sample of 1001 University of California faculty members taken in December 1995 was asked, “Do you favor or oppose using race, religion, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin as a criterion for admission to the University of California?” (Roper Center, 1996). 52% responded “favor”.
a. What is the population for this survey?
The population for this study are the University of California faculty members from December 1992.
b. What is the sample?
The sample for this study are the 1001 University of California faculty members from December 1992 that responded to the survey.
The key difference between the population and the sample is that the sample is a subset of the population meant to represent it as a whole.
c. What is the variable of interest?
The variable of interest is whether or not the faculty members favor using race, religion, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin as a criterion for admission to the University of California. This type of variable is nominal (e.g. a “name”, because it is yes or no)....
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