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1. Introduction 2. Statistical Survey 3. Classification, Tabulation & Presentation of data 4. Measures used to summarise data 5. Probabilities 6. Theoretical Distributions 7. Sampling & Sampling Distributions 8. Estimation 9. Testing of Hypothesis in case of large & small samples 10. Chi-Square 11. F-Distribution and Analysis of variance (ANOVA) 12. Simple correlation and Regression 13. Business Forecasting 14. Time Series Analysis 15 . Index Numbers

Indian B2B site for Manufacturers & Exporters Q: What’s the definition of Statistics ? A : Statistics are usually defined as: 1. A collection of numerical data that measure something. 2. The science of recording, organising, analysing and reporting quantitative information. Q: What are the different components of statistics ? A: There are four components as per Croxton & Cowden 1. Collection of Data. 2. Presentation of Data 3. Analysis of Data 4. Interpretation of Data Q: What’s the use of Correlation & Regression ?

A: Correlation & Regression is a statistical tools, are used to measure strength of relationships between two variables. Q. What is the need for Statistics? Statistics gives us a technique to obtain, condense, analyze and relate numerical data. Statistical methods are of a supreme value in education and psychology. Q. How is statistics used in everyday life? Statistics are everywhere, election predictions are statistics, anything food product that says they x% more or less of a certain ingredient is a statistic. Life expectancy is a statistic. If you play card games card counting is using statistics. There are tons of statistics everywhere you look. Statistical Survey

1. What is statistical survey? Statistical surveys are used to collect quantitative information about items in a population. A survey may focus on opinions or factual information depending on its purpose, and many surveys involve administering questions to individuals. When the questions are administered by a researcher, the survey is called a structured interview or a researcheradministered survey. When the questions are administered by the respondent, the survey is referred to as a questionnaire or a selfadministered survey. 2. What are the advantages of survey?
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Efficient way of collecting information Wide range of information can be collected Easy to administer Cheaper to run

3. What are the disadvantages of survey?

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Responses may be subjective Motivation may be low to answer Errors due to sampling If the question is not specific, it may lead to vague data.

4. What are the various modes of data collection?
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Telephone Mail Online surveys Personal survey Mall intercept survey

5. What is sampling? ―Sampling‖ basically means selecting people/objects from a ―population‖ in order to test the population for something. For example, we might want to find out how people are going to vote at the next election. Obviously we can‘t ask everyone in the country, so we ask a sample.

Classification, Tabulation & Presentation of data 1. What are the types of data collection? Qualitative Data
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Nominal, Attributable or Categorical data Ordinal or Ranked data

Quantitative or Interval data
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Discrete data Continuous measurements

2. What is tabulation of data? Tabulation refers to the systematic arrangement of the information in rows and columns. Rows are the horizontal arrangement. In simple words, tabulation is a layout of figures in rectangular form with appropriate headings to explain different rows and columns. The main

purpose of the table is to simplify the presentation and to facilitate comparisons. 3. What is presentation of data? Descriptive statistics can be illustrated in an understandable fashion by presenting them graphically using statistical and data presentation tools. 4. What are the different elements of tabulation? Tabulation:
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Table Number Title Captions and Stubs Headnotes Body Source

5. What are the forms of presentation of the data? Grouped and ungrouped data may be presented as :
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Pie Charts Frequency Histograms Frequency Polygons Ogives Boxplots

Measures used to summarise data 1. What are the measures of summarizing data?

Measures of Central tendency: Mean, median, mode Measures of Dispersion: Range, Variance, Standard Deviation

2. Define mean, median, and mode?

Mean: The mean value is what we typically call the ―average.‖ You calculate the mean by adding up all of the measurements in a group and then dividing by the number of measurements. Median: Median is the middle most value in a series when arranged in ascending or descending order Mode: The most repeated value in a series. 3. Which measure of central tendency is to be used? The measure to be used differs in different contexts. If your results involve categories instead of continuous numbers, then the best measure of central tendency will probably be the most frequent outcome (the mode). On the other hand, sometimes it is an advantage to

have a measure of central tendency that is less sensitive to changes in the extremes of the data. 4. Define range, variance and standard deviation? The range is defined by the smallest and largest data values in the set. Variance: The variance (σ2) is a measure of how far each value in the data set is from the mean. Standard Deviation: it is the square root of the variance. 5. How can standard deviation be used? The standard deviation has proven to be an extremely useful measure of spread in part because it is mathematically tractable. Probablity

1. What is Probability? Probability is a way of expressing knowledge or belief that an event will occur or has occurred. 2. What is a random experiment? An experiment is said to be a random experiment, if it‘s out-come can‘t be predicted with certainty. 3. What is a sample space? The set of all possible out-comes of an experiment is called the sample space. It is denoted by ‗S‘ and its number of elements are n(s). Example; In throwing a dice, the number that appears at top is any one of 1,2,3,4,5,6. So here: S ={1,2,3,4,5,6} and n(s) = 6

Similarly in the case of a coin, S={Head,Tail} or {H,T} and n(s)=2. 4. What is an event? What are the different kinds of event? Event: Every subset of a sample space is an event. It is denoted by ‗E‘. Example: In throwing a dice S={1,2,3,4,5,6}, the appearance of an event number will be the event E={2,4,6}. Clearly E is a sub set of S. Simple event: An event, consisting of a single sample point is called a simple event. Example: In throwing a dice, S={1,2,3,4,5,6}, so each of {1},{2},{3},{4},{5} and {6} are simple events.

Compound event: A subset of the sample space, which has more than on element is called a mixed event. Example: In throwing a dice, the event of appearing of odd numbers is a compound event, because E={1,3,5} which has ‘3′ elements. 5. What is the definition of probability? If ‗S‘ be the sample space, then the probability of occurrence of an event ‗E‘ is defined as: P(E) = n(E)/N(S) = number of elements in ‗E‘ number of elements in sample space ‗S‘ Theoretical Distributions 1. What are theoretical distributions? Theoretical distributions are based on mathematical formulae and logic. It is used in

statistics to define statistics. When empirical and theoretical distributions correspond, you can use the theoretical one to determine probabilities of an outcome, which will lead to inferential statistics. 2. What are the various types of theoretical distributions?

Rectangular distribution (or Uniform Distribution) Binomial distribution Normal distribution

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3. Define rectangular distribution and binomial distribution? Rectangular distribution: Distribution in which all possible scores have the same probability of occurrence.

Binomial distribution: Distribution of the frequency of events that can have only two possible outcomes. 4. What is normal distribution? The normal distribution is a bell-shaped theoretical distribution that predicts the frequency of occurrence of chance events. The probability of an event or a group of events corresponds to the area of the theoretical distribution associated with the event or group of event. The distribution is asymptotic: its line continually approaches but never reaches a specified limit. The curve is symmetrical: half of the total area is to the left and the other half to the right. 5. What is the central limit theorem?

This theorem states that when an infinite number of successive random samples are taken from a population, the sampling distribution of the means of those samples will become approximately normally distributed with mean μ and standard deviation σ/√ N as the same size (N) becomes larger, irrespective of the shape of the population distribution. Sampling & Sampling Distributions 1. What is sampling distribution? Suppose that we draw all possible samples of size n from a given population. Suppose further that we compute a statistic (mean, proportion, standard deviation) for each sample. The probability distribution of this statistic is called Sampling Distribution. 2. What is variability of a sampling distribution?

The variability of sampling distribution is measured by its variance or its standard deviation. The variability of a sampling distribution depends on three factors:
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N: the no. of observations in the population. n: the no. of observations in the sample The way that the random sample is chosen.

3. How to create the sampling distribution of the mean? Suppose that we draw all possible samples of size n from a population of size N. Suppose further that we compute a mean score for each sample. In this way we create the sampling distribution of the mean. We know the following. The mean of the population (μ) is equal to the mean of the sampling distribution (μx). And the standard

error of the sampling distribution (σx) is determined by the standard deviation of the population (σ), the population size, and the sample size. These relationships are shown in the equations below: μx = μ and σx = σ * sqrt( 1/n – 1/N ) 4. What is the sampling distribution of the population? In a population of size N, suppose that the probability of the occurence of an event (dubbed a ―success‖) is P; and the probability of the event‘s non-occurence (dubbed a ―failure‖) is Q. From this population, suppose that we draw all possible samples of size n. And finally, within each sample, suppose that we determine the proportion of successes p and failures q. In this way, we create a sampling distribution of the proportion.

5. Show the mathematical expression of the sampling distribution of the population. We find that the mean of the sampling distribution of the proportion (μp) is equal to the probability of success in the population (P). And the standard error of the sampling distribution (σp) is determined by the standard deviation of the population (σ), the population size, and the sample size. These relationships are shown in the equations below: μp = P and σp = σ * sqrt( 1/n – 1/N ) = sqrt[ PQ/n - PQ/N ] where σ = sqrt[ PQ ]. Estimation 1. When will the sampling distribution be normally distributed?

Generally, the sampling distribution will be approximately normally distributed if any of the following conditions apply.
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The population distribution is normal. The sampling distribution is symmetric, unimodal, without outliers, and the sample size is 15 or less.

The sampling distribution is moderately skewed, unimodal, without outliers, and the sample size is between 16 and 40.

The sample size is greater than 40, without outliers.

2. Get the variability of the sample mean. Suppose k possible samples of size n can be selected from a population of size N. The standard deviation of the sampling distribution is the ―average‖ deviation between the ksample

means and the true population mean, μ. The standard deviation of the sample mean σx is: σx = σ * sqrt{ ( 1/n ) * ( 1 – n/N ) * [ N / ( N - 1 ) ]} where σ is the standard deviation of the population, N is the population size, and n is the sample size. When the population size is much larger (at least 10 times larger) than the sample size, the standard deviation can be approximated by: σx = σ / sqrt( n ) 3. How can standard error of the population calculated? When the standard deviation of the population σ is unknown, the standard deviation of the sampling distribution cannot be calculated. Under these circumstances, use the standard error. The standard error (SE) provides an

unbiased estimate of the standard deviation. It can be calculated from the equation below. SEx = s * sqrt{ ( 1/n ) * ( 1 – n/N ) * [ N / ( N - 1 ) ]} where s is the standard deviation of the sample, N is the population size, and n is the sample size. When the population size is much larger (at least 10 times larger) than the sample size, the standard error can be approximated by: SEx = s / sqrt( n ) 4. How to find the confidence interval of the mean?  Identify a sample statistic. Use the sample mean to estimate the population mean.  Select a confidence level. The confidence level describes the uncertainty of a sampling method. Often, researchers choose 90%, 95%, or 99%

confidence levels; but any percentage can be used.  Specify the confidence interval. The range of the confidence interval is defined by the sample statistic + margin of error. And the uncertainty is denoted by the confidence level. Testing of Hypothesis in case of large & small samples 1. What is a statistical hypothesis? A statistical hypothesis is an assumption about a population parameter. This assumption may or may not be true. 2. What are the types of statistical hypothesis? There are two types of statistical hypotheses.

Null hypothesis. The null hypothesis, denoted by H0, is usually the hypothesis

that sample observations result purely from chance.

Alternative hypothesis. The alternative hypothesis, denoted by H1 or Ha, is the hypothesis that sample observations are influenced by some non-random cause.

3. What is hypothesis testing? Statisticians follow a formal process to determine whether to reject a null hypothesis, based on sample data. This process is called hypothesis testing. 4. Define the steps of hypothesis testing? Hypothesis testing consists of four steps.

State the hypotheses. This involves stating the null and alternative hypotheses. The hypotheses are stated in such a way that they are mutually exclusive. That is, if one is true, the other must be false.

Formulate an analysis plan. The analysis plan describes how to use sample data to evaluate the null hypothesis. The evaluation often focuses around a single test statistic.

Analyze sample data. Find the value of the test statistic (mean score, proportion, tscore, z-score, etc.) described in the analysis plan.

Interpret results. Apply the decision rule described in the analysis plan. If the value of the test statistic is unlikely, based on the null hypothesis, reject the null hypothesis.

5. What are decision errors? Two types of errors can result from a hypothesis test.

Type I error. A Type I error occurs when the researcher rejects a null hypothesis

when it is true. The probability of committing a Type I error is called the significance level. This probability is also called alpha, and is often denoted by α.

Type II error. A Type II error occurs when the researcher fails to reject a null hypothesis that is false. The probability of committing a Type II error is called Beta, and is often denoted by β. The probability of not committing a Type II error is called the Power of the test.

6. How to arrive at a decision on hypothesis? The decision rules can be taken in two ways – with reference to a P-value or with reference to a region of acceptance.

P-value. The strength of evidence in support of a null hypothesis is measured by the Pvalue. Suppose the test statistic is equal to S. The P-value is the probability of observing a test statistic as extreme as S, assuming the null hypotheis is true. If the P-value is less than the significance level, we reject the null hypothesis.

Region of acceptance. The region of acceptance is a range of values. If the test statistic falls within the region of acceptance, the null hypothesis is not rejected. The region of acceptance is defined so that the chance of making a Type I error is equal to the significance level.The set of values outside the region of acceptance is called the region of rejection. If the test statistic falls within the region of rejection, the null hypothesis

is rejected. In such cases, we say that the hypothesis has been rejected at the α level of significance. 7. Explain one-tailed and two-tailed tests? A test of a statistical hypothesis, where the region of rejection is on only one side of the sampling distribution, is called a onetailed test. For example, suppose the null hypothesis states that the mean is less than or equal to 10. The alternative hypothesis would be that the mean is greater than 10. The region of rejection would consist of a range of numbers located located on the right side of sampling distribution; that is, a set of numbers greater than 10. A test of a statistical hypothesis, where the region of rejection is on both sides of the sampling distribution, is called a two-tailed

test. For example, suppose the null hypothesis states that the mean is equal to 10. The alternative hypothesis would be that the mean is less than 10 or greater than 10. The region of rejection would consist of a range of numbers located located on both sides of sampling distribution; that is, the region of rejection would consist partly of numbers that were less than 10 and partly of numbers that were greater than 10. What is Chi Sqare in Statistics? Suppose Sachin plays 100 tests, and 20 times he made 50. Is he a good player ? In statistics, the chi-square test calculates how well a series of numbers fits a distribution. In this module, we only test for whether results fit an even distribution. It doesn‘t simply say ―yes‖ or ―no‖. Instead, it gives you a confidence

interval, which sets upper and lower bounds on the likelihood that the variation in your data is due to chance. There are basically two types of random variables and they yield two types of data:numerical and categorical. A chi square (X2) statistic is used to investigate whether distributions of categorical variables differ from one another. Basically categorical variable yield data in the categories and numerical variables yield data in numerical form. Responses to such questions as ―What is your major?‖ or Do you own a car?‖ are categorical because they yield data such as ―biology‖ or ―no.‖ In contrast, responses to such questions as ―How tall are you?‖ or ―What is your G.P.A.?‖

are numerical. Numerical data can be either discrete or continuous.

Datatype Categorical Numerical

Questiontype Where are you from ? How tall are you ?

Possible answer

India / USA / UK / An 70 inches

F-Distribution and Analysis of variance (ANOVA) 1. What is ANOVA? Analysis of variance (ANOVA) is a collection of statistical models and their associated procedures in which the observed variance is partitioned into components due to different sources of variation. ANOVA provides a statistical test of whether or not the means of several groups are all equal. 2. What are the assumption in ANOVA?

The following assumptions are made to perform ANOVA:

Independence of cases – this is an assumption of the model that simplifies the statistical analysis.

Normality – the distributions of the residuals are normal. Equality (or ―homogeneity‖) of variances, called homoscedasticity — the variance of data in groups should be the same. Modelbased approaches usually assume that the variance is constant. The constant-variance property also appears in the randomization (design-based) analysis of randomized experiments, where it is a necessary consequence of the randomized design and the assumption of unit treatment additivity (Hinkelmann and

Kempthorne): If the responses of a randomized balanced experiment fail to have constant variance, then the assumption of unit treatment additivity is necessarily violated. It has been shown, however, that the F-test is robust to violations of this assumption. 3. What is the logic of ANOVA?
Partitioning of the sum of squares

The fundamental technique is a partitioning of the total sum of squares (abbreviated SS) into components related to the effects used in the model. For example, we show the model for a simplified ANOVA with one type of treatment at different levels.

So, the number of degrees of freedom (abbreviated df) can be partitioned in a similar way and specifies the chi-square distribution which describes the associated sums of squares.

4. What is the F-test? The F-test is used for comparisons of the components of the total deviation. For example, in one-way, or single-factor ANOVA, statistical significance is tested for by comparing the F test statistic

where

I = number of treatments and nT = total number of cases to the F-distribution with I − 1,nT − I degrees of freedom. Using the F-distribution is a natural candidate because the test statistic is the quotient of two mean sums of squares which have a chi-square distribution. 5. Why is ANOVA helpful? ANOVAs are helpful because they possess a certain advantage over a two-sample t-test. Doing multiple two-sample t-tests would result in a largely increased chance of committing a type I error. For this reason, ANOVAs are useful in comparing three or more means. Simple correlation and Regression 1. What is correlation?

Correlation is a measure of association between two variables. The variables are not designated as dependent or independent. 2. What can be the values for correlation coefficient? The value of a correlation coefficient can vary from -1 to +1. A -1 indicates a perfect negative correlation and a +1 indicated a perfect positive correlation. A correlation coefficient of zero means there is no relationship between the two variables. 3. What is the interpretation of the correlation coefficient values? When there is a negative correlation between two variables, as the value of one variable increases, the value of the other variable decreases, and vise versa. In other words, for a

negative correlation, the variables work opposite each other. When there is a positive correlation between two variables, as the value of one variable increases, the value of the other variable also increases. The variables move together. 4. What is simple regression? Simple regression is used to examine the relationship between one dependent and one independent variable. After performing an analysis, the regression statistics can be used to predict the dependent variable when the independent variable is known. Regression goes beyond correlation by adding prediction capabilities. 5. Explain the mathematical analysis of regression?

In the regression equation, y is always the dependent variable and x is always the independent variable. Here are three equivalent ways to mathematically describe a linear regression model. y = intercept + (slope x) + error y = constant + (coefficient x) + error y = a + bx + e The significance of the slope of the regression line is determined from the t-statistic. It is the probability that the observed correlation coefficient occurred by chance if the true correlation is zero. Some researchers prefer to report the F-ratio instead of the t-statistic. The F-ratio is equal to the t-statistic squared.

Business Forecasting 1. What is forecasting? Forecasting is a prediction of what will occur in the future, and it is an uncertain process. Because of the uncertainty, the accuracy of a forecast is as important as the outcome predicted by the forecast. 2. What are the various business forecasting techniques?

3. How to model the Causal time series? With multiple regressions, we can use more than one predictor. It is always best, however, to be parsimonious, that is to use as few variables as predictors as necessary to get a

reasonably accurate forecast. Multiple regressions are best modeled with commercial package such as SAS or SPSS. The forecast takes the form: Y = 0 + 1X1 + 2X2 + . . .+ nXn, where 0 is the intercept, 1, 2, . . . n are coefficients representing the contribution of the independent variables X1, X2,…, Xn. 4. What are the various smoothing techniques? Simple Moving average: The best-known forecasting methods is the moving averages or simply takes a certain number of past periods and add them together; then divide by the number of periods. Simple Moving Averages (MA) is effective and efficient approach provided the time series is stationary in both mean and variance. The following formula is

used in finding the moving average of order n, MA(n) for a period t+1, MAt+1 = [Dt + Dt-1 + ... +Dt-n+1] / n where n is the number of observations used in the calculation. Weighted Moving Average: Very powerful and economical. They are widely used where repeated forecasts required-uses methods like sum-of-the-digits and trend adjustment methods. As an example, a Weighted Moving Averages is: Weighted MA(3) = w1.Dt + w2.Dt-1 + w3.Dt-2 where the weights are any positive numbers such that: w1 + w2 + w3 = 1. 5. Explain exponential smoothing techniques?

Single Exponential Smoothing: It calculates the smoothed series as a damping coefficient times the actual series plus 1 minus the damping coefficient times the lagged value of the smoothed series. The extrapolated smoothed series is a constant, equal to the last value of the smoothed series during the period when actual data on the underlying series are available. Ft+1 =  Dt + (1 - ) Ft where:
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Dt is the actual value Ft is the forecasted value  is the weighting factor, which ranges from 0 to 1 t is the current time period.

Double Exponential Smoothing: It applies the process described above three to account for

linear trend. The extrapolated series has a constant growth rate, equal to the growth of the smoothed series at the end of the data period. 6. What are time series models? A time series is a set of numbers that measures the status of some activity over time. It is the historical record of some activity, with measurements taken at equally spaced intervals (exception: monthly) with a consistency in the activity and the method of measurement. Time Series Analysis 1. What is time series forecasting? The time-series can be represented as a curve that evolve over time. Forecasting the timeseries mean that we extend the historical values into the future where the measurements are not available yet.

2. What are the different models in time series forecasting?
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Simple moving average Weighted moving average Simple exponential smoothing Holt‘s double Exponential smoothing Winter‘s triple exponential smoothing Forecast by linear regression

3. Explain simple moving average and weighted moving average models? Simple Moving average: The best-known forecasting methods is the moving averages or simply takes a certain number of past periods and add them together; then divide by the number of periods. Simple Moving Averages (MA) is effective and efficient approach provided the time series is stationary in both mean and variance. The following formula is

used in finding the moving average of order n, MA(n) for a period t+1, MAt+1 = [Dt + Dt-1 + ... +Dt-n+1] / n where n is the number of observations used in the calculation. Weighted Moving Average: Very powerful and economical. They are widely used where repeated forecasts required-uses methods like sum-of-the-digits and trend adjustment methods. As an example, a Weighted Moving Averages is: Weighted MA(3) = w1.Dt + w2.Dt-1 + w3.Dt-2 where the weights are any positive numbers such that: w1 + w2 + w3 = 1. 4. Explain the exponential smoothing techniques?

Single Exponential Smoothing: It calculates the smoothed series as a damping coefficient times the actual series plus 1 minus the damping coefficient times the lagged value of the smoothed series. The extrapolated smoothed series is a constant, equal to the last value of the smoothed series during the period when actual data on the underlying series are available. Ft+1 = a Dt + (1 - a) Ft where:
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Dt is the actual value Ft is the forecasted value a is the weighting factor, which ranges from 0 to 1 t is the current time period.

Double Exponential Smoothing: It applies the process described above three to account for

linear trend. The extrapolated series has a constant growth rate, equal to the growth of the smoothed series at the end of the data period. Triple exponential Smoothing: It applies the process described above three to account for nonlinear trend. 5. How should one forecast by linear regression? Regression is the study of relationships among variables, a principal purpose of which is to predict, or estimate the value of one variable from known or assumed values of other variables related to it. Types of Analysis Simple Linear Regression: A regression using only one predictor is called a simple regression.

Multiple Regression: Where there are two or more predictors, multiple regression analysis is employed. Index Numbers 1. What are index numbers? Index numbers are used to measure changes in some quantity which we cannot observe directly. E.g changes in business activity. 2. Describe the classification of index numbers? Index numbers are classified in terms of the variables that are intended to measure. In business, different groups of variables in the measurement of which index number techniques are commonly used are i) price ii) quantity iii) value iv) Business activity

3. What are simple and composite index numbers? Simple index numbers: A simple index number is a number that measures a relative change in a single variable with respect to a base. Composite index numbers: A composite index number is a number that measures an average relative change in a group of relative variables with respect to a base. 4. What are price index numbers? Price index numbers measure the relative changes in the prices of commodities between two periods. Prices can be retail or wholesale. 5. What are quantity index numbers? These index numbers are considered to measure changes in the physical quantity of

goods produced, consumed, or sold of an item or a group of items.
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