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Discussion Week 3: Central Tendency and Variability

The categorical variable selected is sex (male/female) and the continuous variable
selected is age of respondent (which begins from 18 years). These variables are
selected from the General Social Survey dataset shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1: General Social Survey dataset

Age is a metric level variable with an input ranging from 18 years to over 89 years.
Central tendency measures for this variable can be mean, mode, and median.
Variability (or dispersion) measures can be standard deviation, variance, range,
minimum, and maximum. This is shown in Table 1.
Sex is a categorical variable where the respondent is either male or female. For this
variable, it is not possible to measure either the central tendency measures such as
mean or the measures of dispersion such as standard deviation. However, one can
request frequency charts on the variable as shown in Figure 2.
One can examine, from the two variables, the gender differences in age structure of
the respondents in the survey.

173 Range 71 Minimum 18 Maximum 89 a.00 Mode 53a Std. Multiple modes exist. Deviation 17. The smallest value is shown Figure 2: Bar chart for sex as a categorical variable .01 Median 49.412 Variance 303.Table 1: Central tendency and variability measures of age as a continuous variable AGE OF RESPONDENT N Valid 2529 Missin 9 g Mean 49.