CFA Practice Question
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CFA Practice Question
Calculate a 90% confidence interval for a population mean. You have a sample of 21, a sample mean of -25%, and a sample standard deviation of 10%. The sample appears to be approximately normally distributed.
A. [-28.9%, -21.1%]
B. [-27.9%, -22.1%]
C. [-28.1%, -21.9%]
Explanation: Based on the data given, we should use the t-distribution. The critical value will be based at t_(0.05, 20) and is 1.725. Our confidence interval will then be [-25% - 1.725*(10%)/(210.5), -25% + 1.725*(10%)/(210.5)] = [-28.9%, -21.1%].
User Contributed Comments 15
|danlan||Since we use sample standard deviation, we suppose the population variance is unknown, so we use t-distribution.|
|samsonov||should they have 20 or 21 in devisor?|
|Criticull||can we get critical values with the BAII Plus? If not I assume they provide tables.|
|markhuang||21. 20 is the degree of freedom when getting the critical value, but 21 is used to calculate standard error.|
|mpapwa22||Thanks Markhung, this is very clear now, was getting really confused with the 20 or 21.|
|sargutin||I am using the equation in the explanation and get a [-28.76 ,-21.236] interval. Am I doing something wrong, or the multiple choice is just really not precise?|
|jpducros||I got the same as you Sargutin. I seems they used 20 instead of 21 in their formula to reach their result.|
|maria15||Can someone please explain how to get 1.725 from the t-distribution? I completely forgot. Thanks!|
|maria15||Never mind. I checked my book and got it. Thanks!|
|Shaan23||N - 1 DF guys.|
|chris297||So the fact that it is approximately normally distributed would not lead to the usage of normal distribution table?|
|SalimBouch||no because you should estimate the standard deviation of the population using the standard deviation of the sample|
|thanhb91||I heard they wont give you the table, so we should be remember some critical number!!|
|dbalakos||Such questions with critical values of t-distribution wont be in the exam since we wont be provided with tables. Just memorize important levels of significance from z-table and you will be fine.|
|Patdotcom||Are we sure that t is 1,725? I used it first and the figures were as sargutin said(-28,8;21,2). I tried then with t(0,1,20) t=1,325 and then option b was exactly...|