# Thread: Finding Mean and Standard Deviation

1. ## Finding Mean and Standard Deviation

I want to make sure I'm doing this correctly with the information given...

You work for the health dept. and it reports a 10% rate of STD for "at-risk" population. A contractor presents you with an unsolicited proposal for an intensive training program in an attempt to lower this rate. After running the program you perform a follow-up study of 150 individuals to determine if his program is effective. Assuming the program has no effect, find the mean and SD for the number of STD cases in groups of "at-risk" people.

What I think....

10% of 150 is 15, so 15 people have STD. But...is the mean the average of 15 or 150?

Plus, I'm not sure how to figure the SD on this. Any help or advice?

Thanks,

Tracy

2. ## Re: Finding Mean and Standard Deviation

Hmm, and that is the question in its entirety?

3. ## Re: Finding Mean and Standard Deviation

Is it possible to calculate the mean, or "mew" and the SD when only given the following data?:

10% STD rate for an "at risk" population and study of 150 individuals

The question asks for the mean and SD for the number of STD cases in groups of "at risk" people.

All I can determine is getting 10% of 150 (15)

How do I get the mean and standard deviation from this?

I'm drawing a blank.....

4. ## Re: Finding Mean and Standard Deviation

Have you considered applying the binomial distribution here?

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