Statement of a problem № m41362


Data from a representative sample were used to estimate that 32% of all computer users in 2011 had tried to get on a Wi-Fi network that was not their own in order to save money (USA Today, May 16, 2011). You decide to conduct a survey to estimate this proportion for the current year. What is the required sample size if you want to estimate this proportion with a margin of error of 0.05? Compute the required sample size first using 0.32 as a preliminary estimate of p and then using the conservative value of 0.5. How do the two sample sizes com-pare? What sample size would you recommend for this study?

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