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    Dr fr Bdg
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    How many sample should I take, that is the real representative for the population ?
    thank’s

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    #71412

    Tom Black
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    DR,
    What do you want to know?  How much confidence do you need in the answer?  Sample size will be based on these.  There is no one right answer.
    Are you trying to characterize a population or compare two populations?
    Tom Black, MBB

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    #71424

    Sridhar
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    Hi,
          Sample size calculation depends on the following factor.
    1. Your confidence level
    2. Margin of error
    3. Std deviation of population ( in case of proportions it is sqrt(p*q)
         Once you assumed these values calcualte the sample size as
              n = Z^2 * std deviation / (error)^2
        The final decision on sample size depens on the response rate. You inflate this obtained sample size as per your response rate.
    hope this helps you
    sridhar
     

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    #71451

    Helpful
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    A couple of helpful notes on the above (good) reply.  The standard deviation is supposed to be squared also.  n= Z^2*sigma^2/E^2.  Also, the last concern is “risk” that you have to consider.  If you are producing heart pacemakers… you may want to do 100% testing.

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