Math 143 F
Probability and Statistics
Spring 2000

Survey 2 Says...

Here is the data from Math 143F, Spring 2000, on two questions from Survey 2.

The Survey Set-Up

I prepared two versions of Survey 2, and on the second class day I systematically gave alternate students different versions. Without knowing that there were two versions, the students were told to fill in the survey without discussing the questions with others in the class. There were 32 students in class, 16 had each version of the survey.

The Results

The results for each of the two versions are listed below.
1a. Suppose that you have decided to see a play for which the admission charge 
is $20 per ticket.  As you prepare to purchase the ticket, you discover that 
you have lost a $20 bill.  Would you still pay $20 for a ticket to see the play?

		Yes _13_		No _3__

1b. Suppose that you have decided to see a play and paid the admission price 
of $20 per ticket.  As you prepare to enter the theater, you discover that 
you have lost the ticket.  The seat was not marked, and the ticket can not 
be recovered.  Would you pay $20 for another ticket?

		Yes _8__		No _8__

2a. Social science researchers have conducted extensive empirical studies and concluded that the expression "absence makes the heart grow fonder " is generally true. Do you find this result surprising or not surprising? Surprising _2__ Not surprising _14_ 2b. Social science researchers have conducted extensive empirical studies and concluded that the expression "out of sight, out of mind" is generally true. Do you find this result surprising or not surprising? Surprising _3__ Not surprising _13_

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