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Re: st: Finite population correction when testing equality of two proportions

From   Fredrik Nyberg <>
Subject   Re: st: Finite population correction when testing equality of two proportions
Date   Tue, 12 Apr 2005 09:08:35 +0200

I think what you describe is appropriate if we assume that the whole
population (overall sample) is a random sample of a larger population and is
composed of two groups (eg male/female) that are then likewise random
samples of the larger population.

This is not the same test that I seek.

Consider an overall population of 1000 subjects, with 50% males. If I take
one subsample of 10 subjects with 9 males (90% males) and compare with the
remaining 990 (still ~50%), the proportions are significantly different, but
obviously my second subsample of 990 is not significantly different from the full 1000
(both ~50%).

Any other suggestions on how to perform this latter test (the 990 to the full
1000 = sample 2 to sample 1 in the terminology of my initial question) in a simple/convenient way?


At 2005-04-01 22:06, Richard Williams wrote:

At 09:41 PM 4/1/2005 +0200, Fredrik Nyberg wrote:
Hi all Statalisters

I am wondering about testing two proportions in the following setting:
Infinite overall population size (for all practical purposes)
Sample 1 taken from overall population
Sample 2 subsampled from sample 1

Since these are not two independent samples from the same overall population, I think I need to adjust the test by making a finite population correction somehow for sampling sample 2 from sample 1. Only I can't find any details on this nor a test that appears suitable in Stata.

Can anyone help?
What is the correct test?
Is there Stata-code available?
My initial inclination is to go to sample 1 and code each case as 1 if not in sample 2, 2 if in sample 2. Then, use the -prtest- command to compare the 2 groups. But, my initial inclinations have been wrong before. The -prtest- command is discussed on the last page of this handout:

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