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Ross
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More of a stats/calc question, but i couldn't find a better spot
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Dec 5, 2008 8:19 PM


Ok, so in AP Stats we have been using "Table A" to find the probability that a value is "z" standard deviations away from the mean. That is all well and good. However, I was curious as to how "Table A" was generated.
After some search I have found a function on the TI graphing calculators (normalcdf(a,b) that gives the values, where a is inf when finding prob. for it being less than "z" std dev. away (when counting 2 std dev as less than +1 std dev)
I wanted to create a program on my calculator that would generate these values when the "z" was entered. As the calc had a function in place, this was extremely easy. Additionally I want to be able to enter a prob. and have the calculator determine the "z" value the corresponds.
Unfortunately the two equations I have found that = normalcdf(a,b) are extremely difficult to solve backwards for z (which will be represented by x in the equations)
normalcdf(a,b) will be replaced with P in the equations as well
ok here's a better view of the equations (there should be a closing parenthesis after the (2^k part and before the (k!).
http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd255/Delta003/normaldistrib.jpg
P = Int e^((x^2)/2) dx (note: integral is from a to b)
and
P = .5 + (1/sqrt(2pi)) * Sigma[((1)^k * x^(2k+1))/((2k+1)(2^k)(k!))] (note: summation is from k=0 to inf)
I am unsure how to "undo" the summation when I have P and need to find x.
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