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Why would you want to use the normal distribution to approximate a binomial distribution?

The normal approximation allows us to bypass any of these problems by working with a familiar friend, a table of values of a standard normal distribution. Many times the determination of a probability that a binomial random variable falls within a range of values is tedious to calculate.

When can you use normal distribution to approximate binomial distribution?

When n * p and n * q are greater than 5, you can use the normal approximation to the binomial to solve a problem.

Can the normal distribution be used to approximate this probability?

Because for certain discrete distributions, namely the Binomial and Poisson distributions, summing large values can be tedious or not practical. Thankfully, the Normal Distribution allows us to approximate the probability of random variables that would otherwise be too difficult to calculate.

Why would we want to use the normal approximation to the binomial instead of just using the binomial distribution?

The central limit theorem provides the reason why the normal can approximate the binomial in sufficiently large sample sizes. When p=0.5 the binomial is symmetric and so the sample size does not need to be as much as if p=0.95 when the binomial could be highly skewed.

What is the value of mode in standard normal distribution?

10. For a normal distribution its mean, median, mode are equal.

Are the mean median and mode equal in normal distribution?

When you have a normally distributed sample you can legitimately use both the mean or the median as your measure of central tendency. In fact, in any symmetrical distribution the mean, median and mode are equal.

What is the importance of normal distribution?

The normal distribution is the most important probability distribution in statistics because it fits many natural phenomena. For example, heights, blood pressure, measurement error, and IQ scores follow the normal distribution. It is also known as the Gaussian distribution and the bell curve.

Why is normal distribution important in research?

The normal distribution is also important because of its numerous mathematical properties. Assuming that the data of interest are normally distributed allows researchers to apply different calculations that can only be applied to data that share the characteristics of a normal curve.

Can’t test be used for non-normal distribution?

The t-test assumes that the means of the different samples are normally distributed; it does not assume that the population is normally distributed. The t-test is invalid for small samples from non-normal distributions, but it is valid for large samples from non-normal distributions.

Can normal distribution be skewed?

The skewness for a normal distribution is zero, and any symmetric data should have a skewness near zero. Negative values for the skewness indicate data that are skewed left and positive values for the skewness indicate data that are skewed right.

What is the difference between a normal distribution and a skewed distribution?

In a normal distribution, the mean and the median are the same number while the mean and median in a skewed distribution become different numbers: A left-skewed, negative distribution will have the mean to the left of the median. A right-skewed distribution will have the mean to the right of the median.

How do you know if a distribution is skewed?

A distribution is skewed if one of its tails is longer than the other. The first distribution shown has a positive skew. This means that it has a long tail in the positive direction. The distribution below it has a negative skew since it has a long tail in the negative direction.

What causes a skewed distribution?

Skewed data often occur due to lower or upper bounds on the data. That is, data that have a lower bound are often skewed right while data that have an upper bound are often skewed left. Skewness can also result from start-up effects.