Variability when Sampling Gaussian and non-Gaussian Populations

  • Ken Stout


When sampling from parent distributions, the sample itself may yield a differing characteristic from that of the parent population. Hence, if the sample distribution is used as an estimate of the parent population, errors in analysis may result. (Distributions and how statistical techniques can be used with particular cases are discussed in Chapters 6 and 10.)


Cluster Size General Shape Parent Population Parameter Kurtosis Data Sample Size 
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