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In the first year after its release, 83 percent of emergency room doctors were estimated to have tried Dermabond glue (an alternative to sutures in some situations). (a) What kind of probability is this? (b) How was it probably estimated? (c) Why might the estimate be inaccurate? (Data are from Modern Healthcare 29, no. 32 [August 9, 1999], p. 70.)

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Verified**(a)** For an $83\%$ estimation that doctors have tried Dermabond glue, this can be classified as an empirical or subjective probability.

Empirical probability is defined as the probability where the number of occurrences or frequency of an event in a sample space is used to determine how likely the event will happen again.

Subjective probability is defined as the opinion of someone regarding the probability or likelihood of an event.

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