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# Annual salary plus bonus data for chief executive officers are presented in a magazine Annual Pay...

Annual salary plus bonus data for chief executive officers are presented in a magazine Annual Pay Survey. A preliminary sample showed that the standard deviation is \$673 with data provided in thousands of dollars. How many chief executive officers should be in a sample if we want to estimate the population mean annual salary plus bonus with a margin of error of \$100,000? (Note: The desired margin of error would be E=100 if the data are in thousands of dollars.) Use 95% confidence. Round your answer to next whole number.

Solution :

Given that,

standard deviation = = 673

margin of error = E = 100

At 95% confidence level the z is ,

= 1 - 95% = 1 - 0.95 = 0.05

/ 2 = 0.05 / 2 = 0.025

Z/2 = Z0.025 = 1.960

Sample size = n = ((Z/2 * ) / E)2

= ((1.960 * 673) / 100)2

= 173.9972

= 174

Sample size = 174

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