Suppose you had access to three samples: one with a single photo of one of the 100 sub-regions, one with photos of two sub-regions, and one with photos of three sub-regions. Use the results from each of these samples (pictured below) to make an estimate of the total number of penguins in the entire region (i.e., all 100 sub-regions).
In Samples B and C, you will need to use the sample results to make a "best guess" for the number of penguins in the entire region. What methods have you learned for coming up with such a guess? Close Tip
In Problem A1, you may have determined a general rule for estimating the number of penguins in the entire population. One useful method is to find the mean of the counts in the sample and then multiply the mean by 100 (the number of sub-regions). Note 3
Below is a sample of 10 sub-regions. Based on the number of penguins in this sample, make an estimate of the number of penguins in the entire region:
In making estimates by sampling, there is a balancing act in selecting the sample size. A larger sample size may cost more money or be more difficult to generate, but it should provide a more accurate estimate of the population characteristic you are studying. On the other hand, a sample size that is too small may not be accurate enough for you to be certain of your results.