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The Central Limit Theorem: How to Tame Wild Populations

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The Central Limit Theorem: How to Tame Wild Populations

Using a parameter it's possible to represent a property of an entire population with a single number instead of millions of individual data points. There are a number of possible parameters to choose from such as the median, mode, or interquartile range. Each is calculated in a different manner and illuminates the data from a different point of view. The mean is one of the most useful and widely used and helps us understand populations. A population is simulated by generating 10,000 floating... More
Material Type: Simulation
Technical Format: Java Applet
Date Added to MERLOT: October 01, 2011
Date Modified in MERLOT: April 16, 2012
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Keywords: probability, simulation, central limit theorem, population, sample

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Primary Audience: High School, College General Ed, Graduate School
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Technical Requirements: Java-enabled Internet browser
Language: English
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3 years ago

Karen Nielsen (Student)

I jumped straight to the applet, as most students would after seeing the amount of text on the intro page. This is a neat little applet, but I wish it was a little more interactive and had a few more options for students to play with. Overall, it does a great job of showing how the Central Limit Theorem works.

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