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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-12-07 09:19 AM
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89. Descriptive statistics vs. inferential statistics = NO MOE vs. MOE
Study of election results, tallies of voting, are descriptive statistics. Unlike polling, study of results is essentially a poll of the entire population instead of a sample of a population. Therefore, there is no margin of error (MOE).

Perhaps it is time to change focus guys, and move on to some descriptive analysis. After all, the votes have been reported. Duh!!

Having zero margin of error is a very helpful attribute when it comes to convincing argumentation regarding conclusions.

If you have an inferential conclusion you find supportable with a MOE, move on to demonstating your point with a descriptive study and without a MOE.
If you can't demonstrate what you are arguing for with a descriptive study, then explain why or these arguments can go on forever. If you cannot figure out how to move on to a descriptive study, I know a University in Canada that can help for a fee.

MOVE ON to something useful that moves things forward already....
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