Question Video: Distinguishing between Population and Samples Mathematics

Which of the following data sets would be suitable to check the education level in the poor villages in Africa? [A] Mass population [B] Samples

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Which of the following data sets would be suitable to check the education level in the poor villages in Africa? Is it (A) mass population or (B) samples?

When deciding which data set to use, we need to factor in any constraints. Two of the biggest constraints when collecting data are time and money. In this particular question, we need to ask ourselves whether it is possible to check the education level of every child in the poor villages in Africa. If this was a sensible method, we could use the mass population. However, as it is not realistic to visit every village in Africa, we need to choose samples.

We could choose a sample of different villages and then a sample of children from each of the villages chosen. This would be the most suitable way to check the education level in the villages in Africa.

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