# Describing Distributions Numerically

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Describing Distributions Numerically
Chapter 3 Describing Distributions Numerically

Describing the Distribution
Center Median Mean Spread Range Interquartile Range Standard Deviation

Median Literally = middle number (data value)
n (number of observations) is odd Order the data from smallest to largest Median is the middle number on the list (n+1)/2 number from the smallest value Ex: If n=11, median is the (11+1)/2 = 6th number from the smallest value Ex: If n=37, median is the (37+1)/2 = 19th number from the smallest value

Example – August Temps 13 observations
High Temperatures for Des Moines, Iowa taken from the first 13 days of August 2005. Remember to order the values, if they aren’t already in order! 13 observations (13+1)/2 = 7th observation from the bottom Median = 90

Median n is even Order the data from smallest to largest
Median is the average of the two middle numbers (n+1)/2 will be halfway between these two numbers Ex: If n=10, (10+1)/2 = 5.5, median is average of 5th and 6th numbers from smallest value

Example – Yankees 10 observations
(10 + 1)/2 = 5.5, average of 5th and 6th observations from bottom Median = 5 Scores of last 10 games Remember to order the values if they aren’t already in order!

Mean Ordinary average Formula Add up all observations
Divide by the number of observations Formula n observations y1, y2, y3, …, yn are the values

Mean ( )

Example – Vikings (as of 1/9)
Find the mean of the (17 values)

Example – Colts as of (1/9)
Find the mean of the scores (17 values)

Mean vs. Median Median = middle number
Mean = value where histogram balances Mean and Median similar when Data are symmetric Mean and median different when Data are skewed There are outliers

Mean vs. Median Mean influenced by unusually high or unusually low values Example: Income in a small town of 6 people \$25,000 \$27,000 \$29,000 \$35,000 \$37,000 \$38,000 **The mean income is \$31,830 **The median income is \$32,000

Mean vs. Median Bill Gates moves to town Mean is pulled by the outlier
\$25,000 \$27,000 \$29,000 \$35,000 \$37,000 \$38,000 \$40,000,000 **The mean income is \$5,741,571 **The median income is \$35,000 Mean is pulled by the outlier Median is not Mean is not a good center of these data

Mean vs. Median Skewness pulls the mean in the direction of the tail
Skewed to the right = mean > median Skewed to the left = mean < median Outliers pull the mean in their direction Large outlier = mean > median Small outlier = mean < median

Weighted Mean Used when values are not equally represented.

Example (weighted mean)
A recent survey of new diet cola reported the following percentages of people who liked the taste. Find the weighted mean of the percentages. Area % Favored Number surveyed 1 40 1000 2 30 3000 3 50 800

Example (cont.) x1 = .40 x2 = .30 x3 = .50 w1 = 1000 w2 = 3000 w3 = 800 Use formula: {.40(1000) + .30(3000) + .50(800)} / { } = 1700/4800 = = 35.4%

Spread Range is a very basic measure of spread (Max – Min).
It is highly affected by outliers Makes spread appear larger than reality Ex. The annual numbers of deaths from tornadoes in the U.S. from 1990 to 2000: Range with outlier: 130 – 25 = 105 Range without outlier: 94 – 25 = 69

Spread Interquartile Range (IQR) IQR = Q3 – Q1 First Quartile (Q1)
25th Percentile Third Quartile (Q3) 75th Percentile IQR = Q3 – Q1 Center (Middle) 50% of the values

Finding Quartiles Order the data Split into two halves at the median
When n is odd, include the median in both halves When n is even, do not include the median in either half Q1 = median of the lower half Q3 = median of the upper half

Top 15 Populations US Cities 2004
New York, N.Y. 810 Los Angeles, Calif. 385 Chicago, Ill. 286 Houston, Tex. 201 Philadelphia, Pa. 147 Phoenix, Ariz. 142 San Diego, Calif. 126 San Antonio, Tex. 124 Dallas, Tex. 121 San Jose, Calif. 90 Detroit, Mich. Indianapolis, Ind. 78 Jacksonville, Fla. San Francisco, Calif. 74 * Populations were all divided by 10,000.

Example – Top City Populations
Order the values (14 values) Lower Half = Q1 = Median of lower half = 90 Upper Half = Q3 = Median of upper half = 201 IQR = Q3 – Q1 = = 111

August High Temps (8/1–8/13)
Order the values (13 values) Lower Half = Q1 = Median of lower half = 81 Upper Half = Q3 = Median of upper half = 93 IQR = Q3 – Q1 = = 12

August High Temps (8/14–8/25)
Order the values (12 values) Lower Half = Q1 = Median of lower half = 78 Upper Half = Q3 = Median of upper half = 87 IQR = Q3 – Q1 = = 9

Five Number Summary Minimum Q1 Median Q3 Maximum

Examples Vikings (as of 1/9) Colts (as of 1/9) Min = 13 Q1 = 20
Median = 27 Q3 = 31 Max = 38 Colts (as of 1/9) Min = 14 Q1 = 24 Median = 34 Q3 = 41 Max = 51

Graph of Five Number Summary
Boxplot Box between Q1 and Q3 Line in the box marks the median Lines extend out to minimum and maximum Best used for comparisons Use this simpler method

Example – Vikings & Colts
Boxplot of Vikings scores Box from 20 to 31 Line in box 27 Lines extend out from box from 14 and 38 Boxplot of Colts scores Box from 24 to 41 Line in box at 34 Lines extend out from box to 14 and 51

Side by Side Boxplots of Vikings Scores and Colts Scores

Most common measure of spread Denoted by letter s Make a table when calculating by hand

Standard Deviation

53 =-3.27 10.69 39 = 298.25 33 = 541.49 69 = 12.73 162.05 30 = 690.11 25 = 977.81 67 = 10.73 115.13 130 = 73.73 94 = 37.73 40 = 264.71

Example - Vikings Find the standard deviation of the scores of Vikings games given the following statistic:

Properties of s s = 0 only when all observations are equal; otherwise, s > 0 s has the same units as the data s is not resistant Skewness and outliers affect s, just like mean Tornado Example: s with outlier: 31.97 s without outlier:

Which summaries should you use with different distributions?
The appropriate measures of center and spread when your distribution is symmetric are: Mean Standard deviation The appropriate measures of center and spread when your distribution is skewed are: Median IQR

Comparing Variance When comparing the variance for two sets of numbers find the coefficient of variation: Formula = Cvar = = Then compare the percentages.

Standardizing (first look)
I got a 85 on my English test and you got a 36 on your Spanish test. Who did better? How can we compare things that come from different scales? Standardizing Use z formula (called z-score)

Standardizing Z=standardized score X = raw score
X-bar = mean of raw scores S = sample standard deviation So what does this mean for our test scores?

Standardizing I got a 85 on my English test and you got a 35 on your Spanish test. Who did better? Now I need to give you more information. The English class’s tests had a mean of 83 and a standard deviation of 3. The Spanish tests had a mean of 30 and a standard deviation of 2.

Standardizing

Comparing Standardized Scores
I scored .667 standard deviations above the mean on my English test where you scored 2.5 standard deviations above the mean on your Spanish test. Comparatively you scored better on your exam.