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Statistical Reasoning & Practice, Week 2 Notes

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Statistical Reasoning & Practice, Week 2 Notes 36-201

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Being mathematically precise about describing quantitative distribution: - measuring center (mean vs. median) - measuring spread (standard deviation vs. IQR) Using boxplots to compare distribu...
Statistical Reasoning and Practice
Gordon Weinberg
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Date Created: 09/10/16
Week 2 Being mathematically precise about describing quantitative value distribution Measuring center: MEAN - Mean: the arithmetic average The sample mean, which is a statistic, is denoted by X´ (“ex- bar”): X +X +…+X ∑ X X= 1 2 = i n n where n is the sample size - The population mean, which is a parameter, is denoted by μ (“mu”): x1+x 2…+x N ∑ xi μ= N = N where N is the population size - The mean is sensitive/nonresistant to outliers, it is pulled towards the tail in a skewed distribution MEDIAN - The mean cannot be very useful when you have big outlier(s), so we use the median to measure center - To find the median 1. Reorder data value from smallest to largest 2. If there are an odd # of values, the median is the middle value 3. If there are an even # of values, the median is the average of the two middle values - The median is relatively resistant to outliers and skewness, median will not be pulled towards that tail as greatly as the mean in a skewed distribution IN GENERAL - In a symmetric distribution mean and median are almost the same - For bell distributions (symmetric), the mean is appropriate. - For distributions with severe outliers and skewness, use median as measure of center - Use the mean as a measure of center whenever possible b/c is uses data values exactly, so it’s more mathematically useful Measuring spread: STANDARD DEVIATION - Standard deviation: typical/standard deviation from mean - Standard deviation is: deviations Standard deviatio√= adjustedaverageof (¿)2 - For most data, about 2/3 of the data values are within one standard deviation from mean - Larger spread means larger standard deviation - Standard deviation is a positive number with the same units as the data - The sample standard deviation, which is a statistic, is denoted by S: n 2 2 2 ∑ (X iX) 2 (X1−X) +(X 2X) +…+(X −Xn ´ i=1 n−1 =¿√ n−1 S= √¿ where n is the sample size, but we have to divide by n-1 because the minus 1 adjusts for the sample. The sample variance, which is denoted by s , is the square of the sample standard deviation. The population standard deviation is, which is a parameter, is denoted by σ (“signma”): n (x −μ)2 (1 −μ) +(x2−μ) +…+(x nμ) 2 i=1 i =¿ N √ N σ= √¿ where N is the population size. 2 The population variance, which is denoted by σ , is the square of the population standard deviation. - Note that typically, we denote random variables (e.g. sample statistics) with upper-case letters. Note that sample size, since it is not a varying estimate, is denoted with a lower-case n, while population size, as the corresponding population attribute, is denoted with the upper-case n. IQR - The standard deviation cannot be very useful when you have severe outlier(s)/skewness, so we use the IQR. - IQR = Q3-Q1, which tells you the values the middle 50% of the data spans o Q1: the value at which 25% of the data points are below it o Q3: the value at which 75% of the data points are below it - Five-number Summary: min, Q1, median, Q3, max HOW TO CHOOSE APPROPRIATE MEASURES FOR CENTER AND SPREAD: For data that has strong skewed Center: Median and/or outliers Spread: IQR For data that is approximately Center: X´ (Mean) symmetric with no strong outliers Spread: S (Standard Deviation) Boxplot: - Boxplot: another way to display quantitative data using the five- number summary - How to make a boxplot: mark Q1, median, Q3 and connect to make a box. Mark the lowest and highest non-suspected outliers (often they are the min and max) and make “whisker” lines to connect to box. Notes: there is no single formula to find these the lowest and highest non-suspected outliers. Mark outliers. - Boxplots can display skewness but don’t display as many characteristics (e.g. modality) as a histogram, but they are useful for comparing multiple distributions using side-by-side boxplots o e.g. If the difference between group centers, is less than the variability within each group, there may not be an indication of a difference between the groups, and vise versa.


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