PSYC 1010 Lecture Notes - Frequency Distribution, Central Tendency, Histogram

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Published on 16 Oct 2011
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York University
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Psychology
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PSYC 1010
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Appendix B Notes:
Statistics: Is the use of mathematics to organize, summarize, and interpret numerical data.
Frequency distribution: An orderly arrangement of scores indicating the frequency of each
score or group scores.
Score
Tallies
Frequency
6
1
1
5
111
3
4
1111
4
3
11111
5
2
111
3
1
11
2
0
11
2
Column on left shows possible scores (estimated hours of TV viewing) in order.
Column on the right lists the number of subjects or participants with each score
Histogram: a histogram is bar graph that presents data from a frequency distribution.
Descriptive statistics: Are used to organize and summarize data.
Measuring central tendency
Median: the score that falls in the centre of distribution
Mean: is arithmetic average of the scores
Mode: the score that occurs the most
Negatively skewed distribution: most scores pile up at the high end of the scale
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Statistics: is the use of mathematics to organize, summarize, and interpret numerical data. Frequency distribution: an orderly arrangement of scores indicating the frequency of each score or group scores. Column on left shows possible scores (estimated hours of tv viewing) in order. Column on the right lists the number of subjects or participants with each score. Histogram: a histogram is bar graph that presents data from a frequency distribution. Descriptive statistics: are used to organize and summarize data. Median: the score that falls in the centre of distribution. Negatively skewed distribution: most scores pile up at the high end of the scale. Positively skewed distribution: scores pile up at the low end of the scale. In symmetrical distribution the 3 measures of central tendency converge, but in negatively skewed or positively skewed the mean, modem and median are pulled apart, In such situation, the median provides the best index of central tendency.