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**There are three parts to this discussion: Read, identify your selected news article, reply to the questions below.**

**Prepare: **Prior to beginning work on this discussion,
read Chapter 5: Statistical Reasoning and Chapter 6: Putting Statistics
to Work in your course text.

Research a news article or website that provides data sets and statistical report information such as the United States Census Bureau (Links to an external site.), the U.S. Energy Information Administration (Links to an external site.), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (Links to an external site.), or the National Center for Education Statistics (Links to an external site.). Your selected news article or website should provide enough information to allow you to fully answer each of the questions below.

**Write: **For your post, identify your selected news
article or website using correct APA formatting followed by your fully
developed answers to each of the following:

- Describe the role of statistics in the news article or report.
- What was the population of the study?
- What was the sample?
- Do you believe the statistical results are believable and meaningful?
- Use the
**Eight Guidelines for Evaluating a Statistical Study**mentioned in Chapter 5B to explain why the results are believable and meaningful (or why not). - What sorts of statistics (e.g., graphical, non-graphical, hypotheses, correlation, averages, etc.) were used in the report?
- How was the data distributed?
- How are distribution and variation important in any statistical study?
- Was any margin of error mentioned in the report?
- If no margin of error was mentioned, then assume that it is 2%. Interpret the margin of error in terms of 95% confidence interval.

Showcase your critical thinking skills and include supporting detail to back up your conclusions.

Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. It should show all the required math work and explain all the steps. Also include a simple reference for any used resource. For example: Washington Post dated August 13, 2018 or retrieved from <url-address>.

Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 4 (Friday), and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Carefully review the Grading Rubric for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

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Week 3 - Discussion
Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 4 (Friday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to
respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the
depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon
above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.
Week 3 in Your World [WLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4] [CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
There are three parts to this discussion: Read, identify your selected news article, reply to
the questions below.
Prepare: Prior to beginning work on this discussion, read Chapter 5: Statistical Reasoning and
Chapter 6: Putting Statistics to Work in your course text.
Research a news article or website that provides data sets and statistical report information such
as the United States Census Bureau (https://www.census.gov/) , the U.S. Energy
Information Administration (https://www.eia.gov/) , the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/index.htm) , or
the National Center for Education Statistics (https://nces.ed.gov/) . Your selected news
article or website should provide enough information to allow you to fully answer each of the
questions below.
Write: For your post, identify your selected news article or website using correct APA formatting
followed by your fully developed answers to each of the following:
Describe the role of statistics in the news article or report.
What was the population of the study?
What was the sample?
Do you believe the statistical results are believable and meaningful?
Use the Eight Guidelines for Evaluating a Statistical Study mentioned in Chapter 5B to
explain why the results are believable and meaningful (or why not).
What sorts of statistics (e.g., graphical, non-graphical, hypotheses, correlation, averages,
etc.) were used in the report?
How was the data distributed?
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Topic: Week 3 - Discussion
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How are distribution and variation important in any statistical study?
Was any margin of error mentioned in the report?
If no margin of error was mentioned, then assume that it is 2%. Interpret the margin of error
in terms of 95% confidence interval.
Showcase your critical thinking skills and include supporting detail to back up your conclusions.
Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. It should show all the required math work
and explain all the steps. Also include a simple reference for any used resource. For example:
Washington Post dated August 13, 2018 or retrieved from .
Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 4 (Friday), and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to
respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the
depth of your responses. Carefully review the Grading Rubric for guidance on how your
discussion will be evaluated.
Guided Response: Respond to at least three different peers by Day 7. Give specific thoughtful
and substantive responses addressing their points and back up your ideas with references. If
you notice classmates forgetting to complete part(s) of the discussion, tactfully encourage them
to complete the remaining part(s). Be specific. Give a hint, if possible.
Have they answered all the questions pertaining to their problem?
Have they used all the required resources and cited the references correctly?
Do you understand their answers and agree with their conclusions and viewpoints?
What are your arguments against their answers?
Remember, in order to view your peers’ work and respond to their posts you need to submit your
completed work, preferably by Day 4. Without your submission, their posts will not be viewable to
you.
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