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study began, there was a lower incidence 
of heart attack for those who took aspirin than for those who took a 
placebo. Suppose that some medical researchers want to study this 
phenomenon more closely. They recruit 2000 healthy women aged 
65 years and older, and randomly divide them into two groups. One 
group takes 100 mg of aspirin every other day, and the other group 
takes a placebo. The women do not know to which group they belong, 
but the doctors who are conducting the study have access to this 
information.
a. Is this an observational study or a designed experiment? 
Explain.
b. Is this a double-blind study? Explain.
1.32 In March 2005, The New England Journal of Medicine pub-
lished the results of a 10-year clinical trial of low-dose aspirin therapy 
for the cardiovascular health of women (Time, March 21, 2005). The 
study was based on 40,000 healthy women, most of whom were in 
their 40s and 50s when the trial began. Half of these women were 
administered 100 mg of aspirin every other day, and the others were 
given a placebo. The study noted that among women who were at least 
65 years old when the study began, there was a lower incidence of 
heart attack for those who took aspirin than for those who took pla-
cebo. Some medical researchers want to study this phenomenon more 
closely. They recruit 2000 healthy women aged 65 years and older, and 
randomly divide them into two groups. One group takes 100 mg of 
aspirin every other day, and the other group takes a placebo. Neither 
patients nor doctors know which group patients belong to.
a. Is this an observational study or a designed experiment? 
Explain.
b. Is this study a double-blind study? Explain.
1.33 A federal government think tank wanted to investigate whether 
a job training program helps the families who are on welfare to get off 
the welfare program. The researchers at this agency selected 5000 
volunteer families who were on welfare and offered the adults in those 
families free job training. The researchers selected another group of 
5000 volunteer families who were on welfare and did not offer them 
such job training. After 3 years the two groups were compared in 
regard to the percentage of families who got off welfare. Is this an 
observational study or a designed experiment? Explain.
1.34 A federal government think tank wanted to investigate whether 
a job training program helps the families who are on welfare to get off 
the welfare program. The researchers at this agency selected 10,000 
families at random from the list of all families that were on welfare. 
Of these 10,000 families, the agency randomly selected 5000 families 
and offered them free job training. The remaining 5000 families were 
not offered such job training. After 3 years the two groups were com-
pared in regard to the percentage of families who got off welfare. Is 
this an observational study or a designed experiment? Explain.
1.35 A federal government think tank wanted to investigate whether 
a job training program helps the families who are on welfare to get off 
the welfare program. The researchers at this agency selected 5000 
volunteer families who were on welfare and offered the adults in those 
families free job training. The researchers selected another group of 
5000 volunteer families who were on welfare and did not offer them 
such job training. After three years the two groups were compared in 
regard to the percentage of families who got off welfare. Based on that 
study, the researchers concluded that the job training program causes 
(helps) families who are on welfare to get off the welfare program. Do 
you agree with this conclusion? Explain.
1.36 A federal government think tank wanted to investigate whether 
a job training program helps the families who are on welfare to get off 
the welfare program. The researchers at this agency selected 10,000 
families at random from the list of all families that were on welfare. 
Of these 10,000 families, the researchers randomly selected 5000 
families and offered the adults in those families free job training. The 
remaining 5000 families were not offered such job training. After 
three years the two groups were compared in regard to the percentage 
of families who got off welfare. Based on that study, the researchers 
concluded that the job training program causes (helps) families who 
are on welfare to get off the welfare program. Do you agree with this 
conclusion? Explain.
Sometimes mathematical notation helps express a mathematical relationship concisely. This 
section describes the summation notation that is used to denote the sum of values.
 Suppose a sample consists of five books, and the prices of these five books are $175, $80, 
$165, $97, and $88, respectively. The variable, price of a book, can be denoted by x. The prices 
of the five books can be written as follows:
Price of the first book = x1 = $175
1.7 Summation Notation
Subscript of x denotes the 
number of the book
1.7 Summation Notation 23
Similarly,
 Price of the second book = x2 = $80
 Price of the third book = x3 = $165
 Price of the fourth book = x4 = $97
 Price of the fifth book = x5 = $88
In this notation, x represents the price, and the subscript denotes a particular book.
 Now, suppose we want to add the prices of all five books. We obtain
x1 + x2 + x3 + x4 + x5 = 175 + 80 + 165 + 97 + 88 = $605
 The uppercase Greek letter ∑ (pronounced sigma) is used to denote the sum of all values. 
Using ∑ notation, we can write the foregoing sum as follows:
∑x = x1 + x2 + x3 + x4 + x5 = $605
The notation ∑x in this expression represents the sum of all values of x and is read as “sigma x” 
or “sum of all values of x.”
Using summation notation: 
one variable.
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EXAMPLE 1–4
The following table lists four pairs of m and f values:
m 12 15 20 30
f 5 9 10 16
Compute the following:
(a) ∑m (b) ∑ f 2 (c) ∑mf (d) ∑m2f
Solution We can write
 m1 = 12   m2 = 15   m3 = 20   m4 = 30
 f1 = 5   f2 = 9   f3 = 10   f4 = 16
(a) ∑m = 12 + 15 + 20 + 30 = 77
(b) ∑ f 2 = (5)2 + (9)2 + (10)2 + (16)2 = 25 + 81 + 100 + 256 = 462
Using summation notation: 
two variables.
EXAMPLE 1–3 Annual Salaries of Workers
Annual salaries (in thousands of dollars) of four workers are 75, 90, 125, and 61, respectively. 
Find
(a) ∑x (b) (∑x)2 (c) ∑x2
Solution Let x1, x2, x3, and x4 be the annual salaries (in thousands of dollars) of the first, second, 
third, and fourth worker, respectively. Then,
x1 = 75, x2 = 90, x3 = 125, and x4 = 61
(a) ∑x = x1 + x2 + x3 + x4 = 75 + 90 + 125 + 61 = 351 = $351,000
(b) Note that (∑x)2 is the square of the sum of all x values. Thus,
(∑x)2 = (351)2 = 123,201
(c) The expression ∑x2 is the sum of the squares of x values. To calculate ∑x2, we first 
square each of the x values and then sum these squared values. Thus,
 ∑x2 = (75)2 + (90)2 + (125)2 + (61)2
 = 5625 + 8100 + 15,625 + 3721 = 33,071 ◼
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(c) To compute ∑mf, we multiply the corresponding values of m and f and then add the 
products as follows:
 ∑mf = m1 f1 + m2 f2 + m3 f3 + m4 f4
 = 12(5) + 15(9) + 20(10) + 30(16) = 875
(d) To calculate ∑m2f, we square each m value, then multiply the corresponding m2 and 
f values, and add the products. Thus,
 ∑m2f = (m1)
2f1 + (m2)
2f2 + (m3)
2f3 + (m4)
2f4
 = (12)2(5) + (15)2(9) + (20)2(10) + (30)2(16) = 21,145
 The calculations done in parts (a) through (d) to find the values of ∑m, ∑ f 2, ∑mf, and ∑m2f 
can be performed in tabular form, as shown in Table 1.4.
Table 1.4
 m f f 2 mf m2f
 12 5 5 × 5 = 25 12 × 5 = 60 12 × 12 × 5 = 720
 15 9 9 × 9 = 81 15 × 9 = 135 15 × 15 × 9 = 2025
 20 10 10 × 10 = 100 20 × 10 = 200 20 × 20 × 10 = 4000
 30 16 16 × 16 = 256 30 × 16 = 480 30 × 30 × 16 = 14,400