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A study is conducted to estimate the number of procedures performed by surgeons. A questionnaire is mailed to 8000 doc's,of these 70% respond. Which of the following most strongly suggests that the respondents represent a heterogeneous population with respect to number of procedures performed.
MEAN NUMBER OF PROCEDURES -- STANDARD DEVIATION
A) 4 -- 0.1
B) 7 -- 1.8
C) 11 -- 0.5
D) 13 -- 5.1
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I think the larger is the standard deviation the more heterogenous is the group so I pick answer D
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Idea!

should we not calculate the S.E.M and then compare??
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should we not calculate the S.E.M and then compare??
No you don't need that.
You don't need to calculate the 95% confidence interval. The SD alone gives you information on how widely distributed is your population.
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should we not calculate the S.E.M and then compare??
Does not matter really. Here you have the SD.
You could calculate the SEM...SD/sqrt(N)...but in this case, the sqrt(N) would be the same number ...and you would end up with the same conclusion.
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