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Central Limit Theorem explained in Python (with examples) – Part IV

Central Limit Theorem explained in Python (with examples) – Part IV

Posted April 5, 2021 at 3:40 pm
Ashutosh Dave

See Part I,  Part II and Part III to get started.

In case 2, we will repeat the above process, but with a much larger sample size (n=500):

# drawing 50 random samples of size 500

df500 = pd.DataFrame()

for i in range(1, 51):
exponential_sample = np.random.exponential((1/rate), sample_size)
col = f’sample {i}’
df500[col] = exponential_sample

df500_sample_means = pd.DataFrame(df500.mean(),columns=[‘Sample means’])

The sampling distribution looks much more like a normal distribution now as we have sampled with a much larger sample size (n=500).

Let us now check the mean and the standard deviation of the 50 sample means:

#The first 5 values from the 50 sample means

Sample means
sample 14.061534
sample 24.052322
sample 33.823000
sample 44.261559
sample 53.838798

We can observe that the mean of all the sample means is quite close to the population mean (μ=4)(μ=4).

Similarly, we can observe that the standard deviation of the 50 sample means is quite close to the value stated by the CLT, i.e., (σ/√n)(σ/n) = 0.178.

# An estimate of the mean of the sampling distribution can be obtained as:


# The above value is very close to the value stated by the CLT, which is:
sd/ np.sqrt(sample_size)


Thus, we observe that the mean of all sample means is very close in value to the population mean itself. Also, we can observe that as we increased the sample size from 2 to 500, the distribution of sample means increasingly starts resembling a normal distribution, with mean given by the population mean μμ and the standard deviation given by (σ/√n)(σ/n), as stated by the Central Limit Theorem.

Stay tuned for the next installment, in which Ashutosh will go over the code for binomially distributed population.

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