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Small Sample Weights of golden retriever dogs are normally distributed. Samples of weights of golden retriever dogs, each of size n = 15, are randomly collected and the sample means are found. Is it correct to conclude that the sample means cannot be treated as being from a normal distribution because the sample size is too small? Explain.

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Sampling distribution of the sample mean:

  • If the true population distribution of a random variable, say, x, is normal with parameters, mean μ and standard deviation σ, then, whatever be the size (n) of the sample taken from the population, the distribution of the sample mean is also normal, with parameters, mean μ and standard deviation σ/√n.
  • Even if the true population distribution of a random variable, say, x, is not normal and has population mean μ, standard deviation σ, then, for a large size (n ≥ 30) of a sample taken from the population, the di...

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