Which is a better measure of Central Tendency: mean or median?
1) Calculate the difference A=|Mean-Median|.
2) Calculate the ―10% of the smaller of the mean and median‖, say B.
3) If AB, then median is the preferred
mean x 11522.4615 , and median x 4667 . Now we apply the 10% rule:
The difference A=| 11522.4615 4667 | 6855.4635 , and the 10% of the smaller, B=10%*4667=466.7.
Since A>B, we conclude that the median is a better measure!
Mode is data entry that occurs the most
1) Arrange data in an ascending data array
Find the value .
when r=integer, k x r; when r=m+1/2, Pk (x m m1)
Find the rank of the 39 percentile: n=13, k=39. So,
r = HalfRound(nk/100+1/2)
So, P (x x ) (2752 3646 ) 3199
39 2 5 6 2
Interquartile Range = Q3 – Q1
Range : Highest number of data set – lowest number
For ABC Inc., x 32.21875 and s x 6.735 . So, CV= s x x *100% 21% ; For XYZ Inc.,
x 32.1023 and sx 6.0278 . So, CV= sx/ x *100% 19% . So, we can conclude that ABC Inc. has
We can use a CASIO calculator to compute the standard deviation: x for the population standard
deviation, and sx for the population standard deviation.
(2) To find the variance, we need to square the standard deviation.
You were asked to fill in a survey by Ryerson University about the number of courses you intend to take. One of the
questions asked is as follow: How many courses do you intend to take in the Winter 2010?
Refer to the question above being asked on the survey form. What is the measurement scale of the response data?
(c) Interval - Continuous
(d) Ratio – Discrete
(e) Ratio - ContinuousLIF=Q1-1.5*IQR;
Note: (1) LIF=Left Inner Fence; LOF=Left Outer Fence;
(2) RIF=Right Inner Fence; ROF=Right Outer Fence;
(3) All data values that fall between the fences are call outliers, using ―o‖ to indicate them; All
data values that lie beyond the outer fences are call extremes, using ―*‖ to indicate them.
To measure the skewness, one can use the following:
1) if meanmedian, then skewness>0 (positively
skewed, skewed right);
3) if mean=median, then skewness=0 (symmetric).
. The quartiles are the values that occupy the quarter positions:
First quartile,Q 1 P 25 Second quartile, Q 2 P 50 Third quartile, Q 3 P 75
A five-number summary that consist of
X smallest, Q 1 , Median, Q 3 , X largest
Class Width = Highest Number - Lowest Number / 5
Right Whisker = greater than Q3 but less than RIF. Value close to RIF
Left Whisker = LIF