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I'm currently trying to grasp the concept of z scores before heading into confidence intervals (which is the next stage of the hw) z scores use the mean and sd to establish how far a 'score' is from the mean(in sd units). You then take the score and convert it into a probability. Question: How do you know which probabiliy to use? My table has a z score with negative and positive. A simple solution I'm sure, but I'm having difficulty making sense of it. (1st stats class)


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In our Examples section there is a post entitled "The Vaunted Distribution." This may help - it talks about the 4 possible scenarios or probabilities that could be asked for.