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        Thinkport | Forming Generalizations About Populations

        Use random sampling to find out if most students like Mardi Gras king cake in this interactive from MPT. In the accompanying classroom activity, students use the interactive and then evaluate ways to generate a representative sample. They consider what generalizations they can make with the data gathered and discuss why random samples tend to be representative of the population under study. Students would benefit from familiarity with average and some exposure to the process of surveying a population to find an answer to a statistical question. For a longer self-paced student tutorial using this media, see "From Mars to Mardi Gras: A Lesson in Generalizations" on Thinkport from Maryland Public Television.

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