Bill, I’m hoping you can clear up some confusion for me and a colleague. On page 8 of this document, it says “The reasoning process is as follows: develop a statistical question in the form of a hypothesis (supposition) about a population parameter; choose a probability model for collecting data relevant to that parameter; collect data; compare the results seen in the data with what is expected under the hypothesis”

We’re a bit unclear on “choose a probability model for collecting data relevant to that parameter.” I think you are referring to choosing a random sampling method or randomly assigning treatments and the data you get from your survey or experiment are what you mean by “data.”

She thinks that “probability model” means you’re talking about a simulation, and the simulated statistics are what you mean by “data.” I’m pretty sure you’re not calling simulated statistics data, which is what started our debate.

Can you clarify this? Thanks.

Corey