Enter the number of total successes and the total size of the population into the calculator to determine the population proportion.
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Population Proportion Formula
The following is the population proportion:
P = X / N *100
- Where P is the population proportion (%)
- X is the number of success
- N is the size of the population
Population Proportion Definition
A population proportion is defined as a parameter describing the ratio or percentage of a population that has a certain association. For example, the percentage of people that are male, have brown hair, etc.
Can a population proportion be negative?
A population proportion cannot be negative because the values that make up the ratio, which is a number of successes and population size, cannot be less than 0.
Is population proportion the same as standard deviation?
A population proportion is not the same as a standard deviation. A population proportion describes the percentage of a total population that has a value, while a standard deviation describes the variance from the mean of a set of data.
What does a population proportion represent?
A population proportion represents the ratio of the number of people or things in a greater population or set of data that have a certain characteristic. This ratio can often be presented as a percentage for simplicity.
When to use population mean vs population proportion?
You should use population mean when analyzing a characteristic of a population that each person or data point has a varying amount of that characteristic. You should use a population proportion when that characteristic is being measured in a yes or no situation, such as if a person has or doesn’t have brown hair.
How to calculate a population proportion?
- First, determine the characteristic or parameter to be analyzed. For example, this could be the number of people that own a car in a certain population.
- Next, measure the total number of people that have that characteristic. For this example, we will say that 500 people have a car.
- Next, determine the total population. We will say that there are 1,000 people in the population.
- Finally, calculate the population proportion using the formula: P = 500/1000 = .50 = 50%.