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Descriptive Statistics
Data and Statistics
 Applications in Business and Economics
 Data
 Data Sources
 Descriptive Statistics
 Statistical Inference
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Statistics is the process of data collection, organizing,
analyzing the data, interpertation and make
decisions.
 Accounting
Public accounting firms use statistical sampling
procedures when conducting audits for their clients.
 Finance
Financial analysts use a variety of statistical
information, including price-earnings ratios and
dividend yields, to guide their investment
recommendations.
 Marketing
Point-of-sale scanners at retail checkout counters are
being used to collect data for a variety of marketing
research applications.
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 Production
A variety of statistical quality control charts are used
to monitor the output of a production process.
 Economics
Economists use statistical information in making
forecasts about the future of the economy or some
aspect of it.
Applications in
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Why Study Statistics?

1. Numerical information is everywhere
2. Statistical techniques are used to make decisions that
affect our daily lives
understand how decisions are made and give you a better
understanding of how they affect you.
4. No matter what line of work you select, you will find
yourself faced with decisions where an understanding of
Some examples of the need for data collection.
1. Research analysts evaluate many facets of a particular
stock before making a “buy” or “sell” recommendation.
2. The marketing department Managers must make
decisions about the quality of their product or service.

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What is Meant by Statistics?
 In the more common usage, statistics refers to
numerical information.
Examples: the average starting salary of college
graduates, the number of deaths due to alcoholism last
year etc.
 We often present statistical information in a
graphical form for capturing reader attention.

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Types of Statistics –
Descriptive Statistics - methods of organizing,
summarizing, and presenting data in an informative
way.

Inferential Statistics: A decision, estimate, prediction, or
generalization about a population, based on a
sample.

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Population versus Sample
 A population is a collection of all possible individuals,
objects, or measurements of interest.
 A sample is a portion, or part, of the population of
interest

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Data
 Elements, Variables, and Observations
 Scales of Measurement
 Qualitative and Quantitative Data
 Cross-Sectional and Time Series Data
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Data and Data Sets
 Data are the facts and figures that are collected,
summarized, analyzed, and interpreted. E.g.,
•IBM’s sales revenue is \$100 bn.; stock price \$80.
 The data collected in a particular study are referred to
as the data set. E.g.,
•The sales revenue and stock price data for a
number of firms including IBM, Dell, Apple, etc.

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Elements, Variables, and Observations
 The elements are the entities on which data are
collected. E.g.,
•IBM, Dell, Apple, etc. in the previous setting.
 A variable is a characteristic of interest for the
elements. E.g.,
•Sales revenue, stock price (of a company)
 The set of measurements collected for a particular
element is called an observation.
•Sales revenue, stock price for 2003

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Scales of Measurement
 Scales of measurement include:
•Nominal
•Ordinal
•Interval
•Ratio
 The scale determines the amount of information
contained in the data.
 The scale indicates the data summarization and
statistical analyses that are most appropriate.
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Scales of Measurement
 Nominal
•data that is classified into categories and cannot be
arranged in any particular order. A numeric code may
be used. The Nominal Scales Categorize Individuals
or Groups And This Scale Measure The Percentage
Response E.G. Male- Female, Pakistani-American
Example:
Students of a university are classified by the school
in which they are enrolled using a nonnumeric
label such as Business, Humanities, Education, and
so on.
Alternatively, a numeric code could be used for the
school variable (e.g. 1 denotes Business, 2 denotes
Humanities, 3 denotes Education, and so on).

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Scales of Measurement
 Ordinal
similar to the nominal level, with the additional property
that meaningful amounts of differences between data
values can be determined. It categorizes and ranks the
variables according to the preferences e.g. from best to
worst, first to last, a numeric code may be used.
e.g. rank job characteristics
•Example:
Students of a university are classified by their class
standing using a nonnumeric label such as
Freshman, Junior, Senior.

Alternatively, a numeric code could be used for the
class standing variable (e.g. 1 denotes Freshman, 2
denotes, Junior and so on).

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Scales of Measurement
 Interval
•The data have the properties of ordinal and
interval between observations is expressed in
terms of a fixed unit of measure. Preferences on a
5/7 point scale. It also measures the magnitude of
the differences in the preferences among the
individuals. Interval data are always numeric.
•Example:
strongly disagree, disagree, neither agree nor
disagree, agree, strongly agree etc.

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Scales of Measurement
 Ratio
•The data have all the properties of interval data and
the ratio of two values is meaningful. This scale
must contain a zero value that indicates that
nothing exists for the variable at the zero point.
•Example:
Variables such as distance, height, weight, and
time use the ratio scale.

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Scales of Measurement

 Ratio scales: used when exact numbers are called for
e.g. how many orders do you operate?
 Interval scale: used for responses to various items
on 5/7 points use of stats measures as ratio scale, a.
mean, stand. deviation.
 Ordinal scale: for preference in use, stats measures
are median, range, rank order correlations
 Nominal scale: used for personal data

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Types of Variables
A. Qualitative variable - the characteristic
being studied is nonnumeric.
EXAMPLES: Gender, religious affiliation, type of
automobile owned, eye color are examples.
use either the nominal or ordinal scale of measurement.

B. Quantitative variable - information is
reported numerically.
EXAMPLES: balance in your account, minutes
remaining in class, or number of children in a family.

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Quantitative Data
 Quantitative data indicate either how many or how
much.
•Quantitative data that measure how many are
discrete.
•Quantitative data that measure how much are
continuous.
 Quantitative data are always numeric.
 Arithmetic operations (e.g., +, -) are meaningful only
with quantitative data.

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Summary of Types of Variables
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Cross-Sectional and Time Series Data
 Cross-sectional data are collected at the same or
approximately the same point in time.
•Example: data detailing the number of building
permits issued in June 2000
 Time series data are collected over several time
periods.
•Example: Texas in each of the last 36 months
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Data Sources
 Existing Sources
•Data needed for a particular application might
already exist within a firm. Detailed information
is often kept on customers, suppliers, and
employees.
•Substantial amounts of business and economic
data are available from organizations that
specialize in collecting and maintaining data.
•Government agencies are another important
source of data.
•Data are also available from a variety of industry
associations and special-interest organizations.
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Data Sources
 Internet
•The Internet has become an important source of
data.
•Most government agencies, like the Bureau of the
Census (www.census.gov), make their data
available through a web site.
•More and more companies are creating web sites
•A number of companies now specialize in making
information available over the Internet.
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Data Acquisition Considerations
 Time Requirement
•Searching for information can be time consuming.
•Information might no longer be useful by the time
it is available.
 Cost of Acquisition
•Organizations often charge for information even
when it is not their primary business activity.
 Data Errors
•Using any data that happens to be available or
that were acquired with little care can lead to poor
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Descriptive Statistics
 Descriptive statistics are the tabular, graphical, and
numerical methods used to summarize data.
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91 78 93 57 75 52 99 80 97 62
71 69 72 89 66 75 79 75 72 76
104 74 62 68 97 105 77 65 80 109
85 97 88 68 83 68 71 69 67 74
62 82 98 101 79 105 79 69 62 73
Example: Hudson Auto Repair
The manager of Hudson Auto would like to have
a better understanding of the cost of parts used in the
engine tune-ups performed in the shop. She examines
50 customer invoices for tune-ups. The costs of parts,
rounded to the nearest dollar, are listed below.

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Example: Hudson Auto Repair
 Tabular Summary (Frequencies and Percent
Frequencies)

Parts Percent
Cost (\$) Frequency Frequency
50-59 2 4
60-69 13 26
70-79 16 32
80-89 7 14
90-99 7 14
100-109 5 10
Total 50 100

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Example: Hudson Auto Repair
 Graphical Summary (Histogram)
Parts
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Example: Hudson Auto Repair
 Numerical Descriptive Statistics
•The most common numerical descriptive statistic
is the average (or mean).
•Hudson’s average cost of parts, based on the 50
tune-ups studied, is \$79 (found by summing the
50 cost values and then dividing by 50).

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Statistical Inference
 Statistical inference is the process of using data
obtained from a small group of elements (the sample)
to make estimates and test hypotheses about the
characteristics of a larger group of elements (the
population).
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Example: Hudson Auto Repair
 Process of Statistical Inference
1. Population
consists of all
tune-ups. Average
cost of parts is
unknown.
2. A sample of 50
engine tune-ups
is examined.
3. The sample data
provide a sample
average cost of
\$79 per tune-up.
4. The value of the
sample average is used
to make an estimate of
the population average.
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Descriptive Statistics:
Tabular and Graphical Methods
Summarizing the Qualitative Data
 Frequency Distribution
 Relative Frequency
 Percent Frequency Distribution
 Bar Graph
 Pie Chart
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Frequency Distribution
 A frequency distribution is a tabular summary of
data showing the frequency (or number) of items in
each of several classes.

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quality of their accommodations as being excellent,
above average, average, below average, or poor. The
ratings provided by a sample of 20 quests are shown
below.

Below Average Average Above Average
Above Average Above Average Above Average
Above Average Below Average Below Average
Average Poor Poor
Above Average Excellent Above Average
Average Above Average Average
Above Average Average
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 Frequency Distribution

Rating Frequency
Poor 2
Below Average 3
Average 5
Above Average 9
Excellent 1
Total 20
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Relative Frequency Distribution
 The relative frequency of a class is the fraction or
proportion of the total number of data items
belonging to the class.
 A relative frequency distribution is a tabular
summary of a set of data showing the relative
frequency for each class.
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Percent Frequency Distribution
 The percent frequency of a class is the relative
frequency multiplied by 100.
 A percent frequency distribution is a tabular
summary of a set of data showing the percent
frequency for each class.

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 Relative Frequency and Percent Frequency
Distributions

Relative Percent
Rating Frequency Frequency

Poor .10 10
Below Average .15 15
Average .25 25
Above Average .45 45
Excellent .05 5
Total 1.00 100
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Bar Graph
 A bar graph is a graphical device for depicting
qualitative data.
 On the horizontal axis we specify the labels that are
used for each of the classes.
 A frequency, relative frequency, or percent frequency
scale can be used for the vertical axis.
 The bars are separated to emphasize the fact that
each class is a separate category.
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 Bar Graph
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Pie Chart
 The pie chart is a commonly used graphical device
for presenting relative frequency distributions for
qualitative data.
 First draw a circle; then use the relative frequencies
to subdivide the circle into sectors that correspond to
the relative frequency for each class.
 Since there are 360 degrees in a circle, a class with a
relative frequency of .25 would consume .25(360) =
90 degrees of the circle.
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 Pie Chart
Average
25%
Below
Average
15%
Poor
10%
Above
Average
45%
Exc.
5%
Quality Ratings
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 Insights Gained from the Preceding Pie Chart
•One-half of the customers surveyed gave Marada
a quality rating of “above average” or “excellent”
(looking at the left side of the pie). This might
•For each customer who gave an “excellent” rating,
there were two customers who gave a “poor”
rating (looking at the top of the pie). This should
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Summarizing Quantitative Data
 Frequency Distribution
 Relative Frequency
 Percent Frequency Distributions
 Cumulative Distributions
 Dot Plot
 Histogram
 Ogive/ Frequency Polygon
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91 78 93 57 75 52 99 80 97 62
71 69 72 89 66 75 79 75 72 76
104 74 62 68 97 105 77 65 80 109
85 97 88 68 83 68 71 69 67 74
62 82 98 101 79 105 79 69 62 73
Example: Hudson Auto Repair
The manager of Hudson Auto would like to get a
better picture of the distribution of costs for engine
tune-up parts. A sample of 50 customer invoices has
been taken and the costs of parts, rounded to the
nearest dollar, are listed below.

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Frequency Distribution
 Guidelines for Selecting Number of Classes
•Use between 5 and 20 classes.
•Data sets with a larger number of elements
usually require a larger number of classes.
•Smaller data sets usually require fewer classes.
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Frequency Distribution
 Guidelines for Selecting Width of Classes
•Use classes of equal width.
•Approximate Class Width =

Largest Data Value Smallest Data Value
Number of Classes
÷
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Example: Hudson Auto Repair
 Frequency Distribution
If we choose six classes:
Approximate Class Width = (109 - 52)/6 = 9.5 ~ 10

Cost (\$) Frequency
50-59 2
60-69 13
70-79 16
80-89 7
90-99 7
100-109 5
Total 50
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 Relative Frequency and Percent Frequency
Distributions

Relative Percent
Cost (\$) Frequency Frequency
50-59 .04 4
60-69 .26 26
70-79 .32 32
80-89 .14 14
90-99 .14 14
100-109 .10 10
Total 1.00 100
Example: Hudson Auto Repair
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Example: Hudson Auto Repair
 Insights Gained from the Percent Frequency
Distribution
•Only 4% of the parts costs are in the \$50-59 class.
•30% of the parts costs are under \$70.
•The greatest percentage (32% or almost one-third)
of the parts costs are in the \$70-79 class.
•10% of the parts costs are \$100 or more.
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Dot Plot
 One of the simplest graphical summaries of
quantitative data is a dot plot.
 A horizontal axis shows the range of data values.
 Then each data value is represented by a dot placed
above the axis.

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Example: Hudson Auto Repair
 Dot Plot
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. .. . . .
50 60 70 80 90 100 110
. . . ..... .......... .. . .. . . ... . .. .
. .. .. .. .. . .
Cost (\$)
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Histogram
 Another common graphical presentation of
quantitative data is a histogram.
 The variable of interest is placed on the horizontal
axis.
 A rectangle is drawn above each class interval’s
frequency, relative frequency, or percent frequency.
 Unlike a bar graph, a histogram has no natural
separation between rectangles of classes.
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Example: Hudson Auto Repair
 Histogram
Parts
Cost (\$)
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Cumulative Distributions
 Cumulative frequency distribution -- shows the
number of items with values less than or equal to the
upper limit of each class.
 Cumulative relative frequency distribution -- shows
the proportion of items with values less than or equal
to the upper limit of each class.
 Cumulative percent frequency distribution -- shows
the percentage of items with values less than or equal
to the upper limit of each class.
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Example: Hudson Auto Repair
 Cumulative Distributions

Cumulative Cumulative
Cumulative Relative Percent
Cost (\$) Frequency Frequency Frequency
< 59 2 .04 4
< 69 15 .30 30
< 79 31 .62 62
< 89 38 .76 76
< 99 45 .90 90
< 109 50 1.00 100

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Ogive
 An ogive is a graph of a cumulative distribution.
 The data values are shown on the horizontal axis.
 Shown on the vertical axis are the:
•cumulative frequencies, or cumulative relative
frequencies, or cumulative percent frequencies
 The frequency (one of the above) of each class is
plotted as a point.
 The plotted points are connected by straight lines.
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Example: Hudson Auto Repair
 Ogive
•Because the class limits for the parts-cost data are
50-59, 60-69, and so on, there appear to be one-unit
gaps from 59 to 60, 69 to 70, and so on.
•These gaps are eliminated by plotting points
halfway between the class limits.
•Thus, 59.5 is used for the 50-59 class, 69.5 is used
for the 60-69 class, and so on.

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Example: Hudson Auto Repair
 Ogive with Cumulative Percent Frequencies
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Cross tabulations and Scatter Diagrams
 Thus far we have focused on methods that are used
to summarize the data for one variable at a time.
 Often a manager is interested in tabular and
graphical methods that will help to understand the
relationship between two variables.
 Cross tabulation and a scatter diagram are two
methods for summarizing the data for two (or more)
variables simultaneously.

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Crosstabulation
 Crosstabulation is a tabular method for summarizing
the data for two variables simultaneously.
 Crosstabulation can be used when:
•One variable is qualitative and the other is
quantitative
•Both variables are qualitative
•Both variables are quantitative
 The left and top margin labels define the classes for
the two variables.
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Example: Finger Lakes Homes
 Crosstabulation
The number of Finger Lakes homes sold for each
style and price for the past two years is shown below.

Price Home Style
Range Colonial Ranch Split A-Frame Total

< \$99,000 18 6 19 12 55
> \$99,000 12 14 16 3 45

Total 30 20 35 15 100
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Example: Finger Lakes Homes
 Insights Gained from the Preceding Crosstabulation
•The greatest number of homes in the sample (19)
are a split-level style and priced at less than or
equal to \$99,000.
•Only three homes in the sample are an A-Frame
style and priced at more than \$99,000.

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Crosstabulation: Row or Column Percentages
 Converting the entries in the table into row
percentages or column percentages can provide
two variables.
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Example: Finger Lakes Homes
 Row Percentages

Price Home Style
Range Colonial Ranch Split A-Frame Total

< \$99,000 32.73 10.91 34.55 21.82 100
> \$99,000 26.67 31.11 35.56 6.67 100

Note: row totals are actually 100.01 due to rounding.

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Example: Finger Lakes Homes
 Column Percentages

Price Home Style
Range Colonial Ranch Split A-Frame

< \$99,000 60.00 30.00 54.29 80.00
> \$99,000 40.00 70.00 45.71 20.00

Total 100 100 100 100
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Scatter Diagram
 A scatter diagram is a graphical presentation of the
relationship between two quantitative variables.
 One variable is shown on the horizontal axis and the
other variable is shown on the vertical axis.
 The general pattern of the plotted points suggests the
overall relationship between the variables.
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Example: Panthers Football Team
 Scatter Diagram
The Panthers football team is interested in
investigating the relationship, if any, between

x = Number of y = Number of
Interceptions Points Scored
1 14
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2 18
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Example: Panthers Football Team
 Scatter Diagram
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Example: Panthers Football Team
 The preceding scatter diagram indicates a positive
relationship between the number of interceptions
and the number of points scored.
 Higher points scored are associated with a higher
number of interceptions.
 The relationship is not perfect; all plotted points in
the scatter diagram are not on a straight line.
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Scatter Diagram
 A Positive Relationship
x
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Scatter Diagram
 A Negative Relationship
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Scatter Diagram
 No Apparent Relationship
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Tabular and Graphical Procedures
Data
Qualitative Data Quantitative Data
Tabular
Methods
Tabular
Methods
Graphical
Methods
Graphical
Methods
•Frequency
Distribution
•Rel. Freq. Dist.
•% Freq. Dist.
•Crosstabulation
•Bar Graph
•Pie Chart •Frequency
Distribution
•Rel. Freq. Dist.
•Cum. Freq. Dist.
•Cum. Rel. Freq.
Distribution
•Cross tabulation
•Dot Plot
•Histogram
•Ogive
•Scatter
Diagram
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Descriptive Statistics: Numerical
Methods
Measures of Location
The Mean (A.M, G.M and H. M)
The Median
The Mode
Percentiles
Quartiles
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Summary Measures
Center and Location
Mean
Median
Mode
Describing Data Numerically
Variation
Variance
Standard Deviation
Coefficient of
Variation
Range
Percentiles
Quartiles
Weighted Mean
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Mean
 The Mean is the average of data values
 The most common measure of central tendency
 Mean = sum of values divided by the number of values

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10
Mean = 3
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10
Mean = 4
4
5
20
5
10 4 3 2 1
= =
+ + + +
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Mean
The mean (or average) is
the basic measure of
location or ―central
tendency‖ of the data.
•The sample mean is a
sample statistic.
•The population mean µ is a
population statistic.

x
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Mean
•Sample mean

•Population mean
n = Sample
Size
N = Population
Size
n
x x x
n
x
x
n
n
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= =
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2 1 1
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N
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Example: College Class Size
We have the following sample of data
for 5 college classes:
46 54 42 46 32
We use the notation x
1
, x
2
, x
3
, x
4
, and x
5
to represent the
number of students in each of the 5 classes:
X
1
= 46 x
2
= 54 x
3
= 42 x
4
= 46 x
5
= 32
Thus we have:
44
5
32 46 42 54 46
5
5 4 3 2 1
=
+ + + +
=
+ + + +
=
¿
=
x x x x x
n
x
x
i
The average class size is 44 students
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Median
The median is the value in the
middle when the data are arranged in
ascending order (from smallest value
to largest value).
a. For an odd number of observations the median
is the middle value.
b. For an even number of observations the
median is the average of the two middle values.
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The College Class Size example
First, arrange the data in ascending order:
32 42 46 46 54
Notice than n = 5, an odd number. Thus the
median is given by the middle value.
32 42 46 46 54
The median class
size is 46
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Median Starting Salary For a Sample
A college placement office has obtained the
following data for 12 recent graduates:
1 2850 7 2890
2 2950 8 3130
3 3050 9 2940
4 2880 10 3325
5 2755 11 2920
6 2710 12 2880
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2710 2755 2850 2880 2880 2890 2920 2940 2950 3050 3130 3325
Notice that n = 12, an even number. Thus we take an
average of the middle 2 observations:
2710 2755 2850 2880 2880 2890 2920 2940 2950 3050 3130 3325
Middle two
values
First we arrange
the data in
ascending order
2905
2
2920 2890
Median =
+
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Thus
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Mode
The mode is the value that occurs with
greatest frequency
 A measure of central tendency
 Value that occurs most often
 There may be no mode
 There may be several modes

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Mode = 5
0 1 2 3 4 5 6
No Mode
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The Mode
MODE The value of the observation that appears most frequently.

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Characteristics of the Mean
1. The most widely used measure of
location.
2. Major characteristics:
• All values are used.
• It is unique.
• It is calculated by summing the
values and dividing by the
number of values.
3. Weakness: Its value can be unclear
when extremely large or extremely
small data compared to the majority
of data are present.

Properties and Uses of the Median
1. There is a unique median for each data set.
2. Not affected by extremely large or small
values and is therefore a valuable measure
of central tendency when such values
occur.

Characteristics of the Mode
1. Mode: the value of the
observation that appears
most frequently.
by extremely high or low
values.
 For many sets of data,
there is no mode
because no value
appears more than
once.
 For some data sets
there is more than one
mode.
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Weighted Mean
 When the mean is computed by giving each data
value a weight that reflects its importance, it is
referred to as a weighted mean.
 In the computation of a grade point average (GPA),
the weights are the number of credit hours earned for
 When data values vary in importance, the analyst
must choose the weight that best reflects the
importance of each value.

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Weighted Mean

x = E w
i
x
i

E w
i

where:
x
i
= value of observation i
w
i
= weight for observation i

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 Sample Data

 Population Data

where:
f
i
= frequency of class i
M
i
= midpoint of class i
Mean for Grouped Data
¿
¿
=
i
i i
f
M f
x
N
M f
i i ¿
= µ
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Weighted Mean
 Used when values are grouped by frequency or relative
importance

Days to
Complete
Frequency
5 4
6 12
7 8
8 2
Example: Sample of 26
Repair Projects
Weighted Mean Days
to Complete:
days 6.31
26
164

2 8 12 4
8) (2 7) (8 6) (12 5) (4
w
x w
X
i
i i
W
= =
+ + +
× + × + × + ×
= =
¿
¿
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Example: Apartment Rents
Given below is the previous sample of monthly rents
for one-bedroom apartments presented here as grouped
data in the form of a frequency distribution.

Rent (\$) Frequency
420-439 8
440-459 17
460-479 12
480-499 8
500-519 7
520-539 4
540-559 2
560-579 4
580-599 2
600-619 6
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Example: Apartment Rents
 Mean for Grouped Data

This approximation
differs by \$2.41 from
the actual sample
mean of \$490.80.
Rent (\$) f
i
M
i
f
i
M
i
420-439 8 429.5 3436.0
440-459 17 449.5 7641.5
460-479 12 469.5 5634.0
480-499 8 489.5 3916.0
500-519 7 509.5 3566.5
520-539 4 529.5 2118.0
540-559 2 549.5 1099.0
560-579 4 569.5 2278.0
580-599 2 589.5 1179.0
600-619 6 609.5 3657.0
Total 70 34525.0
x = =
34 525
70
493 21
,
.
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 Five houses on a hill by the beach
Review Example
\$2,000 K
\$500 K
\$300 K
\$100 K
\$100 K
House Prices:

\$2,000,000
500,000
300,000
100,000
100,000

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Summary Statistics
 Mean: (\$3,000,000/5)
= \$600,000

 Median: middle value of ranked data
= \$300,000

 Mode: most frequent value
= \$100,000
House Prices:

\$2,000,000
500,000
300,000
100,000
100,000
Sum 3,000,000
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Percentiles
The pth percentile is a value such that at least p
percent of the observations are less than or equal to
this value and at least (100 – p) percent of the
observations are greater than or equal to this value.
I scored in the 70
th

percentile on the
(GRE)—meaning I
scored higher than 70
percent of those who
took the exam
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Calculating the pth Percentile
•Step 1: Arrange the data in ascendingorder
(smallest value to largest value).
•Step 2: Compute an index i
n
p
i
|
.
|

\
|
=
100
where p is the percentile of interest and n in the number
of observations.
•Step 3: (a) If i is not an integer, round up. The next
integer greater than i denotes the position of the
pth percentile.
(b) If i is an integer, the pth percentile is the
average of values in i and i + 1
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Example: Starting Salaries of
Let’s compute the 85
th

percentile using the starting
salary data. First arrange
the data in ascending order.
Step 1:
2710 2755 2850 2880 2880 2890 2920 2940 2950 3050
3130 3325
Step 2:
2 . 10 12
100
85
100
=
|
.
|

\
|
=
|
.
|

\
|
= n
p
i
Step 3: Since 10.2 in not an integer, round up to
11.The 85
th
percentile is the 11
th
position (3130)
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Quartiles
Quartiles are just specific percentiles
Let:
Q
1
= first quartile, or 25
th
percentile
Q
2
= second quartile, or 50
th
percentile (also the median)
Q
3
= third quartile, or 75
th
percentile
Let’s compute the 1
st
and
3rd quartiles using the
starting salary data. Note we
median for this sample—so
we know the 2
nd
quartile
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Now find the 25
th
percentile: 3 12
100
25
100
=
|
.
|

\
|
=
|
.
|

\
|
= n
p
i
2710 2755 2850 2880 2880 2890 2920 2940 2950 3050
3130 3325
Note that 3 is an integer, so to find the 25
th
percentile we must
average together the 3
rd
and 4
th
values:
Q
1
= (2850 + 2880)/2 = 2865
Now find the 75
th
percentile: 9 12
100
75
100
=
|
.
|

\
|
=
|
.
|

\
|
= n
p
i
Note that 9 is an integer, so to find the 75
th
percentile we must
average together the 9
th
and 10
th
values:
Q
1
= (2950 + 3050)/2 = 3000
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Quartiles for the Starting Salary Data
2710 2755 2850 2880 2880 2890 2920 2940 2950 3050
3130 3325
Q
1
= 2865
Q
1
= 2905
(Median)
Q
3
= 3000
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 Measures of Variability
 Measures of Relative Location and Detecting
Outliers
 Exploratory Data Analysis
 Measures of Association
Between Two Variables

x
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Measures of Variability
 It is often desirable to consider measures of variability
(dispersion), as well as measures of location.
 For example, in choosing supplier A or supplier B we
might consider not only the average delivery time for
each, but also the variability in delivery time for each.

 Range
 Inter-quartile Range
 Variance
 Standard Deviation
 Coefficient of Variation

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Measures of Variation
Variation
Variance Standard Deviation Coefficient of
Variation
Population
Variance
Sample
Variance
Population
Standard
Deviation
Sample
Standard
Deviation
Range
Interquartile
Range
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 Measures of variation give information on the
spread or variability of the data values.

Variation
Same center,
different variation
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Range
 Simplest measure of variation
 Difference between the largest and the smallest
observations:

Range = x
maximum
– x
minimum

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Range = 14 - 1 = 13
Example:
Chap 3-105
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Example: Apartment Rents
 Range
Range = largest value - smallest value
Range = 615 - 425 = 190
425 430 430 435 435 435 435 435 440 440
440 440 440 445 445 445 445 445 450 450
450 450 450 450 450 460 460 460 465 465
465 470 470 472 475 475 475 480 480 480
480 485 490 490 490 500 500 500 500 510
510 515 525 525 525 535 549 550 570 570
575 575 580 590 600 600 600 600 615 615
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Interquartile Range
 The interquartile range of a data set is the difference
between the third quartile and the first quartile.
 It is the range for the middle 50% of the data.
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Example: Apartment Rents
 Interquartile Range
3rd Quartile (Q3) = 525
1st Quartile (Q1) = 445
Interquartile Range = Q3 - Q1 = 525 - 445 = 80
425 430 430 435 435 435 435 435 440 440
440 440 440 445 445 445 445 445 450 450
450 450 450 450 450 460 460 460 465 465
465 470 470 472 475 475 475 480 480 480
480 485 490 490 490 500 500 500 500 510
510 515 525 525 525 535 549 550 570 570
575 575 580 590 600 600 600 600 615 615
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Variance
 The variance is a measure of variability that utilizes
all the data.
 It is based on the difference between the value of
each observation (x
i
) and the mean (x for a sample, µ
for a population).
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Variance
 The variance is the average of the squared differences
between each data value and the mean.
 If the data set is a sample, the variance is denoted by
s
2
.

 If the data set is a population, the variance is denoted
by o
2
.
s
x
i
x
n
2
2
1
=
÷
¿
÷
( )
o
µ
2
2
=
÷
¿
( ) x
N
i
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Variance for Grouped Data
 Sample Data

 Population Data
1
) (
2
2
÷
÷
=
¿
n
x X f
s
i i
N
X f
i i ¿
÷
=
2
2
) ( µ
o
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Standard Deviation
 Most commonly used measure of variation
 Shows variation about the mean
 The standard deviation of a data set is the positive
square root of the variance.
 If the data set is a sample, the standard deviation is
denoted s.

 If the data set is a population, the standard deviation
is denoted o (sigma).
s s =
2
o o =
2
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Calculation Example:
Sample Standard Deviation
Sample
Data (X
i
) : 10 12 14 15 17 18 18 24
n = 8 Mean = x = 16
4.2426
7
126
1 8
16) (24 16) (14 16) (12 16) (10
1 n
) x (24 ) x (14 ) x (12 ) x (10
s
2 2 2 2
2 2 2 2
= =
÷
÷ + + ÷ + ÷ + ÷
=
÷
÷ + + ÷ + ÷ + ÷
=

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Coefficient of Variation
 Measures relative variation
 Always in percentage (%)
 Shows variation relative to mean
 Is used to compare two or more sets of data measured
in different units
100%
x
s
CV ·
|
|
.
|

\
|
=
100%
μ
σ
CV ·
|
|
.
|

\
|
=
Population Sample
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Example: Apartment Rents
 Variance

 Standard Deviation

 Coefficient of Variation
s
x
i
x
n
2
2
1
2 996 16 =
÷
÷
=
¿
( )
, .
s s = = =
2
2996 47 54 74 . .
s
x
× = × = 100
54 74
490 80
100 1115
.
.
.
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Measures of Relative Location
and Detecting Outliers
 z-Scores
 Detecting Outliers
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z-Scores
 The z-score is often called the standardized value.
 It denotes the number of standard deviations a data
value x
i
is from the mean.

 A data value less than the sample mean will have a
z-score less than zero.
 A data value greater than the sample mean will have
a z-score greater than zero.
 A data value equal to the sample mean will have a
z-score of zero.
z
x x
s
i
i
=
÷
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 z-Score of Smallest Value (425)

Standardized Values for Apartment Rents

z
x x
s
i
=
÷
=
÷
= ÷
425 490 80
54 74
1 20
.
.
.
-1.20 -1.11 -1.11 -1.02 -1.02 -1.02 -1.02 -1.02 -0.93 -0.93
-0.93 -0.93 -0.93 -0.84 -0.84 -0.84 -0.84 -0.84 -0.75 -0.75
-0.75 -0.75 -0.75 -0.75 -0.75 -0.56 -0.56 -0.56 -0.47 -0.47
-0.47 -0.38 -0.38 -0.34 -0.29 -0.29 -0.29 -0.20 -0.20 -0.20
-0.20 -0.11 -0.01 -0.01 -0.01 0.17 0.17 0.17 0.17 0.35
0.35 0.44 0.62 0.62 0.62 0.81 1.06 1.08 1.45 1.45
1.54 1.54 1.63 1.81 1.99 1.99 1.99 1.99 2.27 2.27
Example: Apartment Rents
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Detecting Outliers
 An outlier is an unusually small or unusually large
value in a data set.
 A data value with a z-score less than -3 or greater
than +3 might be considered an outlier.
 It might be an incorrectly recorded data value.
 It might be a data value that was incorrectly included
in the data set.
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Example: Apartment Rents
 Detecting Outliers
The most extreme z-scores are -1.20 and 2.27.
Using |z| > 3 as the criterion for an outlier,
there are no outliers in this data set.

Standardized Values for Apartment Rents
-1.20 -1.11 -1.11 -1.02 -1.02 -1.02 -1.02 -1.02 -0.93 -0.93
-0.93 -0.93 -0.93 -0.84 -0.84 -0.84 -0.84 -0.84 -0.75 -0.75
-0.75 -0.75 -0.75 -0.75 -0.75 -0.56 -0.56 -0.56 -0.47 -0.47
-0.47 -0.38 -0.38 -0.34 -0.29 -0.29 -0.29 -0.20 -0.20 -0.20
-0.20 -0.11 -0.01 -0.01 -0.01 0.17 0.17 0.17 0.17 0.35
0.35 0.44 0.62 0.62 0.62 0.81 1.06 1.08 1.45 1.45
1.54 1.54 1.63 1.81 1.99 1.99 1.99 1.99 2.27 2.27
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Exploratory Data Analysis
 Five-Number Summary
122

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Five-Number Summary
 Smallest Value
 First Quartile
 Median
 Third Quartile
 Largest Value
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Example: Apartment Rents
 Five-Number Summary
Lowest Value = 425 First Quartile = 450
Median = 475
Third Quartile = 525 Largest Value = 615
425 430 430 435 435 435 435 435 440 440
440 440 440 445 445 445 445 445 450 450
450 450 450 450 450 460 460 460 465 465
465 470 470 472 475 475 475 480 480 480
480 485 490 490 490 500 500 500 500 510
510 515 525 525 525 535 549 550 570 570
575 575 580 590 600 600 600 600 615 615
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Measures of Association
between Two Variables
 Covariance
 Correlation Coefficient
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Covariance
 The covariance is a measure of the linear association
between two variables.
 Positive values indicate a positive relationship.
 Negative values indicate a negative relationship.

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 If the data sets are samples, the covariance is denoted
by s
xy
.

 If the data sets are populations, the covariance is
denoted by .
Covariance
s
x x y y
n
xy
i i
=
÷ ÷
¿
÷
( )( )
1
o
µ µ
xy
i x i y
x y
N
=
÷ ÷
¿
( )( )
o
xy
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Correlation Coefficient
 The coefficient can take on values between -1 and +1.
 Values near -1 indicate a strong negative linear
relationship.
 Values near +1 indicate a strong positive linear
relationship.
 If the data sets are samples, the coefficient is r
xy
.

 If the data sets are populations, the coefficient is .
r
s
s s
xy
xy
x y
=
µ
o
o o
xy
xy
x y
=
µ
xy