6. Random Sample - Quality Not Size

  1. James R. Flynn

Published Online: 8 AUG 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118314999.ch6

How to Improve Your Mind: Twenty Keys to Unlock the Modern World

How to Improve Your Mind: Twenty Keys to Unlock the Modern World

How to Cite

Flynn, J. R. (2012) Random Sample - Quality Not Size, in How to Improve Your Mind: Twenty Keys to Unlock the Modern World, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118314999.ch6

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 AUG 2012
  2. Published Print: 27 JUL 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119944768

Online ISBN: 9781118314999

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Keywords:

  • the truth about people;
  • random sample, quality and not size;
  • random samples and its virtue, and not a biased sample;
  • chances of being right, the good as “confidence limits”;
  • random samples, and its accuracy;
  • poll predictions, wrong results as proof of unreliable polls;
  • criteria for a reliable poll, relevant to everyday life;
  • forming an opinion on someone, requiring truth of a sample

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Quality Not Size

  • Statistical Significance

  • Why Some Prefer Bad Polls

  • Taking Bad Polls Without Realizing It