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Subject: calculating confidence rates in samples. (Statistics)

Date: Mon Oct 16 14:11:56 2000
Posted by Roy Feinson
Grade level: nonaligned School: Independent
City: Newport Beach State/Province: Ca Country: USA
Area of science: Other
ID: 971719916.Ot

Never had a straight answer on this. Can you help?
Assuming that I want to know how many people have a red car in the U.S., 
how many people would I have to sample in order to be 90% confident of my 
I suspect that the formula must incorporate a variable that depends on the 
answer that my sampling returns. I.E. If I sample 100 people and only 1 
person has a red car, then my confidence of accuracy must be much lower 
than if 80 people had a red car. I just need the formula. Thanks for your 
Roy Feinson

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