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Lecture Unit 1 Stats Starts Here Objectives: be able to – Identify the Who, What, Why, When, Where and How associated with data Identify different types of data variables

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Statistics: An Overview Everyday experiences: Gallup polls, newspaper articles, lotteries, CPI, unemployment data, your admittance to NCSU (predicted GPA) Basic stock dataCollege data Increasing in importance; used in more and more ways in many disciplines NY Times: StatisticsSports Analytics

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Broad Definition Many disciplines can be summarized in a few words: Economics is about … Money (and why it is good) Psychology: Why we think what we think Biology: Life Anthropology: Who? History: What, where, and when? Philosophy: Why? Engineering: How? Accounting: How much? Statistics is about … Variation The discipline of Statistics deals with the efficient collection and the analysis of data to solve real-world problems in the presence of variability.

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More Specifically … Q. What is Statistics? Q. What are statistics? A. Statistics is a way of reasoning, along with a set of tools and methods, designed to help us understand the world. A. statistics are quantities calculated from data.

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2 Broad Areas of Applications 1. Descriptive statistics utilizes numerical and graphical methods to summarize data, look for patterns and trends, present information Descriptive statistics lack a measure of reliability

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Second Area H Inferential statistics Uses data to make estimates, decisions, predictions or other generalizations about a larger data set or population H Inferential statistics have a measure of reliability Opinion Polling

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Common Situations that Require Statistics 1. An opinion poll wants to know what fraction of the public approves of the president’s performance in office. 2. Will a new package design increase sales enough to pay the cost of implementing the new design Tropicana DisasterTropicana Disaster 3. Gov’t economists release monthly reports about the nation’s economic activity Large groups of people or things Time, cost, inconvenience

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8 Three Simple Steps to Doing Statistics Correctly Plan first. Know where you’re headed and why. Do. The mechanics of calculating statistics and making graphical displays are important, but the computations are usually the least important part of the process. Report what you’ve learned.

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SECTION 1.2 Types of Data Data: numbers with a context

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Data: values and their context 815, 930, 750, 919 What can you do with these? Find the sum? Find the average? Seems reasonable if these are, for example, SAT scores. BUT these are telephone area codes! Adding and averaging make no sense.

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Know the context of the data H Who: items included in the data H What: variable(s) measured on each item H Why: purpose for collecting the data -------------------------------- H Where: location(s) where data collected H When: last week? 1 year ago? last decade? H How: internet survey? (worthless); data provided by gov’t agency? (useful)

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Data Types 1. Qualitative Data Data that categorizes Ex. Male/female, Democrat/Republican, yes/no, Chevy/Buick/Pontiac/Oldsmobile, Awful/Fair/Good/Very Good/Excellent 1a) Nominal (categorical): categorizes only Buick, Chevy, Pontiac 1b) Ordinal: categories can be ranked or ordered taste test; order of finish in a race

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DataTypes (cont.) H Wendy’s is developing a new hamburger. A panel of taste-testers evaluates the new item. Categories:Excellent Very Good Good Poor Gag Ordinal - there is a natural ranking

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DataTypes (cont.) H Wendy’s is developing a new hamburger. A panel of taste-testers evaluates the new item. Categories:Excellent = 5 Very Good = 4 Good = 3 Poor = 2 Gag = 1 Ordinal - there is a natural ranking

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Data Type Dictates Statistical Procedures 1. Quantitative data Data that is measured on a numerical scale Ex. height, GPA, income, temperature, SAT 2a) interval data no meaningful zero point; difference between 2 values meaningful; cannot meaningfully multiply or divide Ex. temperature, SAT

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DataTypes Ex. (cont.) 60 o F not twice as warm as 30 o F; the difference between 32 o and 30 o same as difference between 83 o and 81 0, 2 degrees in each case. (No meaningful “zero”; 0 degrees not the absence of all heat) H Ratio data zero point meaningful; can multiply and divide Ex. income, height, GPA, pulse rate; $200 is twice as much as $100; $0 is the absence of all money

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We collect these data from 50 students. Which variable is categorical? A. Eye color B. Head circumference C. Hours of homework last week D. Number of TV sets in home 10

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Registration and Records collects data on NCSU students. Which one of the following is quantitative? 1. Class ( freshman, sophomore, etc.) 2. Grade point average 3. Whether the student took an AP class 4. Whether the student has taken the SAT 10

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