Posted by Lucy on Saturday, January 3, 2009 at 9:06am.
A set of data is normally distributed with a mean of 16 and a standard deviation of 0.3. What percent of the data is between 15.2 and 16?
I had: 16t(0.3)=15.2 and 16t(0.3)=15.7
which came to 0.497.341=0.156. rounded off I came up with 16%. What did I do wrong??
Thanks

Precal  Reiny, Saturday, January 3, 2009 at 9:33am
I use the following zscore conversion
z = (mean  given data)/standard deviation
Your data of 15.2 translates into a zscore of 2.66666
and of course your data of 16 gives a zscore of 0
(I don't know where the 15.7 in your second calculation comes from, is it a typo?)
so you want the region between a zscore of 0 and 2.6666 which would be
.5  .00383 = .19617
I use the following applet instead of tables, in this one you don't even have to convert to zscores.
http://davidmlane.com/hyperstat/z_table.html

typo correction Precal  Reiny, Saturday, January 3, 2009 at 9:39am
of course .5  .00383 = .49617 and not .19617
so 49.6% of the data falls in your given range.
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