Throughout this course we will be using m&ms® data to help explain some of the
concepts being taught as well as give you a feel for how these methods can be used. We
will be exploring plain m&ms® and I have chosen to use the 1.69 oz size bags for
convenience and affordability. From a larger perspective, the purpose of our report is to
examine the packaging process for plain 1.69 ounce bags of m&ms®.
In order to get started, everyone needs to visit three (3) different stores and purchase a
plain m&ms® 1.69 oz bag of candy. It is not necessary to keep track of which bag came
from which store. Why do we need to do this? We are taking a sample of the population
of all 1.69 oz bags of plain m&ms® that are produced. In order for our results to be
meaningful, we need a random sample. Random samples are found by sampling at
complete and total random. By visiting three different stores and then randomly selecting
a bag from the display, we are assuring that we are obtaining a true random sample.
Other sampling methods will also produce a random sample. The concepts of population,
sample, and sampling methods will be explained further in Chapter 1.
Download the mnminput.xls file found in the Student Center under Course Documents.
Once you have your three bags, you will need to open each one individually and record
the number of candies of each color within the bag (blue, orange, green, yellow, red, and
brown) into the file. Once you have done this for each bag, save the file and submit your
file through the M&M® project link in the weekly course content.
Here is the best part of the project. When you are done counting the colors and recording
your data, feel free to enjoy the candy!
Please note that everyone’s data will be combined into ONE class data set. This data set
will be used for all the remaining parts of the project. There will be an announcement
when the class data set has been uploaded to Doc Sharing. Because we are only sampling
1.69 oz bags, all our conclusions will be based upon plain 1.69 oz bags of m&ms®. We
will be focusing on the overall percentage of each color and the total number of candies
At the end of the project, you will be writing a summary of all parts of the project. It will
be written as a formal report to a supervisor or manager. More information will be given.