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Measures of Spread

How closely a set of data clusters around its centre Measures of Spread or Dispersion: 1. Range 2. Interquartile Range (IQR) 3. Standard Deviation 4. Variance Measures of Position (Ranking Data): 1. Percentiles 2. Quartiles 3. Z-Scores

Measures of Position

Determine the position of a value, relative to other values, in a set of data Measures of Position (Ranking Data): 1. Percentiles 2. Quartiles 3. Z-Scores Quartiles are required to determine interquartile ranges Data must be arranged in order to determine percentiles and quartiles

Measures of Position
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Percentiles

Divide a set of ordered data into 100 intervals with equal numbers of values k percent of the data are less than or equal to kth percentile, Pk (100 k) percent of the data are greater than or equal to kth percentile, Pk

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Quartiles

Divide a set of ordered data into four groups with equal numbers of values Median = Second Quartile Median divides data into two equally sized groups

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Z-Scores
= the number of standard deviations that a datum is from the mean Divide the deviation of a datum from the mean by the standard deviation Variable values below the mean have negative zscores whereas values above the mean have positive z-scores, and values equal to the mean have zero z-score

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Implications of Z-Scores

Z-scores are used to rank any set of data, using the standard deviation as a unit of measure A z-score of 0.072 indicates that it is approximately 7% of a standard deviation or 0.072 standard deviation below the mean A z-score of 0.46 indicates that it is approximately half a standard deviation or 0.46 standard deviation above the mean

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Z-Scores

Measures of Spread

While measures of central tendency are used to estimate "normal" values of a dataset, measures of dispersion are important for describing the spread of the data, or its variation around a central value. Measures of Spread or Dispersion: 1. Range 2. Interquartile Range (IQR) 3. Standard Deviation 4. Variance

Measures of Spread
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Range
Simply put

Range = Max Min


Not always the best measure Box & whisker plot shows it graphically

Example
Data points include: 7, 9, 12, 13, 24, 29

Range = Max Min = 29 7 = 22

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Interquartile Range (IQR)


= the 75th percentile (Q3) the 25th percentile (Q1) IQR is essentially the range of the middle 50% of data Because it uses the middle 50%, IQR is not affected by outliers or extreme values.

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To find IQR:
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Find Median (Q2) Find upper & lower Median (Q3 & Q1) IQR is difference between Q3 & Q1 (50% of data)

NOTE: A box & whisker plot shows IQR graphically Smaller range means more reliable data (less spread) Outliers have little impact IQR values.

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IQR Examples:

Calculate the median (Q2) and the IQR for


a) 10, 14, 17, 18, 21, 25, 27 ,28 b) 40, 40, 44, 47, 48, 51, 52

Solution
a) Q2 =(18 + 21)/2 = 19.5 Q1 =(14 + 17)/2 = 15.5 Q3 =(25 + 27)/2 = 26 IQR = Q3 Q1 = 26 15.5 = 10.5 b) Q2 = 47 Q1 = 40 Q3 = 51 IQR = 51 40 = 11

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Standard Deviation
Mathematicians choice for measuring spread of data = Square root of the average sum of the squared differences between each data point and the mean

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Represents an average of the square of the distance each piece of data is from the mean. If data is clustered about the mean, little dispersion & low standard deviation. If data is spread out, widely scattered & high deviation. Outliers have a larger impact on since every piece of data is considered. Use the mid-value/mid-point of each interval as x for Grouped data

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VARIANCE (2 )
= another measure of dispersion/spread Equal to the square of standard deviation

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Example 1: Calculate Sample Standard Deviation

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Sample Standard Deviation is then:

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Example 2: Calculate Sample Standard Deviation

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Sample Standard Deviation is then: