STAT 477/577 – Homework Assignment 3
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1. [6 pts.] For each of the distributions described below, simulate the sampling distribution for ˆp and
include an image of each of your simulated distributions with your answers. Use your simulated
distributions to describe the mean, variance, and shape of the sampling distribution for the sample
proportion in the following scenarios.
(a) According to the company’s website, the proportion of Green milk chocolate M&Ms produced is
0.16. Let the sample proportion ˆp be the proportion of Green milk chocolate M&Ms in a small
bag of 50 candies.
(b) Let the sample proportion ˆp be the proportion of heads when flipping a fair coin 50 times.
(c) Let the sample proportion ˆp be the proportion of times a 0, 1, or 2 appears when rolling a 10-sided
die 65 times.
2. [9 pts.] Suppose the current treatment for a disease cures 62% of all cases. A new treatment method
has been proposed and studied. In a sample of 80 subjects with the disease that were treated with the
new method, 63 were cured. Do the results of this study support the claim that the new method has
a higher cure rate than the existing method?
(a) Use R to give the summary table and bar graph of the sample data. You can use the data file
(b) Explain why the binomial exact test should be used to conduct this hypothesis test.
(c) Use R to conduct a binomial exact test for determining whether or not the study supports the
claim that the new method has a higher cure rate than the existing method. Make sure to include
all steps in the hypothesis test. Use α = 0.05.
(d) Use R to find the rejection region for this test. Use α = 0.05.
(e) Based on the rejection region you found above, what is the observed Type I error rate for this
(f) Suppose the cure rate for the new method is 75%. What is the power of your hypothesis test?
(g) Use R to obtain a power curve for this hypothesis test when α = 0.05. Describe this curve.
3. [7pts.] A start-up company is about to market a new computer printer. It decides to gamble by
purchasing commercials during the Super Bowl. The company is hoping the name recognition will be
worth the high cost of the commercials. The company’s goal is to have over 40% of the public recognize
its brand name and associate it with computer printers. The day after the game, a pollster contacts
420 randomly selected adults and finds that 181 of them know this company makes printers. Is this
evidence that the company met their goal?
(a) Use R to give the summary table and bar graph of the sample data. You may use the data file
(b) Explain why the score test should be used to conduct this hypothesis test.
(c) Use R to conduct a hypothesis test for determining whether or not the company met its goal.
Make sure to include the null and alternative hypotheses, test statistic, p-value, and conclusion
for the hypothesis test.
(d) Use R to calculate the power of this hypothesis test if the true proportion of the public who
recognizes the company’s brand name and product is either 0.45, 0.5, or 0.55 and when α = 0.01,
0.05, or 0.1 (to make it easier to keep track of these calculations, fill in the table below with the
corresponding values). Discuss the effect of the value of the true proportion and the value of α
on the power of this hypothesis test.
pa 0.01 0.05 0.1
4. [3 pts.] Suppose instead that the company in problem above had contacted you before they conducted
their survey. They state they want to be able to detect when the proportion of the public who recognizes
the company’s brand name and product is 0.44 with a probability of 0.8 when α = 0.05. What sample
size will they need to use to achieve this?