A factory that emits airborne pollutants is testing two different brands of filters for its smokestacks. The factory has two smokestacks. One brand of filter (Filter I) is placed on one smokestack, and the other brand (Filter II) is placed on the second smokestack. Random samples of air released from the smokestacks are taken at different times throughout the day. Pollutant concentrations are measured from both stacks at the same time. The following data represent the pollutant concentrations (in parts per million) for samples taken at 20 different times after passing through the filters. Assume that the differences in concentration levels at all times are approximately normally distributed.
a. Make a 95% confidence interval for the mean of the population paired differences, where a paired difference is equal to the pollutant concentration passing through Filter I minus the pollutant concentration passing through Filter II.
b. Using a 5% significance level, can you conclude that the average paired difference for concentration levels is different from zero?

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