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Mean Mode Median

MEAN- Add all x values up and divide by number 

MEDIAN-Middle data value when all the data values are placed in order of size

MODE-Most frequently occuring data

MEDIAN: (N+1)/2

If n/2 is a whole number (even) then median is the AVERAGE of this term and one above.

If n/2 is not a whole number (odd) just ROUND up the number to find positive median.

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Linear Interpolation- assumes values are evenly spread

Median Position above is (60+!1)/2 =30.5
So the median is the 30.5th reading. Your 'running total' tells you the median must be in the '6-10'class. Now you have to assume that all the readings in this class are evenly spread.
There are 26 trees before class 6-10 so the 30.5th tree is the 4.5th value of this class.
Divide the class into 17 equally wide parts and assume theres a reading at end of each part.Then you want 4.5th reading (4.5 * width of each part)

So estimated median= 5.5+(4.5*5/17) =6.8mm
The modal class is class with highest frequency density. 
Mean: Good aveage-use all your data
          Heavily affected by outliers
          Only used with quantitive data
Median: Not affected by outliers- good to use when dont have outliers
Mode: Used with qualititive data
          Some have more than one mode-not helpful 

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Vertical Axis-Frequency Density

Frequency Density- Frequency Divided by Width of Class


Find Upper and Lower Class Boundaries And Frequency Density

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Interquartile Range

Range-measure of dispersion


Quartiles divided into 4- 25% data lower than lower quartile and 75% lower than upper.
Lower Quartile: n/4- if a whole number then its the average of this term and one above.
                           - if not a whole number just round the number up to find postion
Upper Quartile: 3n/4- if whole number then its average is term and one above
                             -not a whole number just round number up to find postion.  

Interquartile Range-measure of dispersion


Percentiles- divide data into 100

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Standard Deviation

Standard Deviation in the Squareroot of the Variance

VARIANCE: (EX2 / n) - Xbar2 
Basically find the mean (x bar) then find sum of squares.  

The mean of10 boys height is 180cm and standard deviation is 10cm. Mean for 9 girls is 165cm and standard deviation is 8cm. Find mean and standard deviation for all 19 girls and boys.

Girls height=y Boys height=x
Mean boys =Ex/10=180 therefore Ex=1800
Mean girls=Ey/9=165 therefore Ey=1485
Sum of boy and girls heights=Ex+Ey=3285
Mean Height of girls and boys=3285/19=172.9cm 

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If data is in a table, use mid-class values

Example: Heights of sunflowers in a garden were measured and recorded in table. Estimate the mean height and standard deviation.

Height:             Mid-class (x):    x2          f     fx          fx2


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Lies long way from rest of the readings. To decide whether it is an outlier you have to measure how far away from the rest of the data it is.

Data value is considered to be an outlier if:
More than 1.5 time the IQR ABOVE upper quartile 
More than 1.5 times the IQR BELOW lower quartile 

Lower and Upper quartiles of data is 70 and 100. Decide if 30 and 210 are outliers
Therefore 30 is within area and NOT and outlier where as 210 IS an outlier

Outliers affect what measure of dispersion is best to use.
Affects whether the vairance and standard deviation are good measures of dispersion
Can make the variance much larger than it would be giving outliers more influence
Dara set contains outliers, then better measure of dispersion is Interquartile Range. 

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Makes nunbers much easier.

You usually change your original variable,x, to an easier one to work with y

Find mean and standard deviation of 1000020, 1000040, 1000010, 1000050
1) SUBTRACT a million from every reading leaving 20, 40, 10, 50
2) DIVIDE by 10 to give 2,4,1,5
3)So y=(x-1000000)/10. then ybar=(xbar-1000000)/10 and sy=sy/10
4)Find mean and standard deviation of y values:
  ybar=(2+4+1+5)/3=3 sy=1.58 to 3 sig fig
5) Then use formulas to find the mean and standard deviation of original values:
xbar=10ybar+1000000=(10*3)+1000000=1000030  sy=10sy=10*1.58=15.8


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  • Tells you whether your data is symmetrical or lopsided
  • Mean=Median=Mode   Gives Symmetical Data
  • Tail on the left. Most data values on higher side.
    Gives Negative Skewness

Tail on the right. Most data values on lower side.
Gives Positve Skewness


Pearson's Coefficeint of Skewness=3(Mean-Median)/Standard Deviation

Quartile Coefficient of Skewness

  •  Q3-Q2=Q2-Q1 Skewness is Zero
  • Q3-Q2<Q2-Q1 Negative Skewness
  • Q3-Q2>Q2-Q1 Postitive Skewness
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Comparing Distributions

Box Plots- Visual Summary of a Distribution
Show median and quaritles

Use Locations, Dispersion and Skewness to Compare Distributions
Calculator Paper                  Non-Calculator Paper
40                 Q1                  35
58                 Q2                  42
70                 Q3                  56
55                 MEAN             46.1
21.2              S.D                 17.8
Calculate Skewness for each paper and comment on location and dispersion.
3*(55-58)/21.2=-0.425 Calc Paper    3*(46.1-42)/17.8=0.691 Non Calc
70-2(58)+40/30=-0.2 Calc Paper    56-2(42)+35/21=0.333 Non Calc
Non Calc= Positive Skewness  Calc Paper=Negative Skewness 
LOCATIONS: Mean, Median and Quartlies all higher in Calc Paper.
DISPERSION: IQR for Calc Paper=30     IQR for Non-Calc Paper=21
IQR and Standard Deviation both higher for Calc, therefore more spread out. 


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