Week 1 Discussion: Descriptive Statistics
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Read/review the following resources for this activity:
Textbook: Chapter 1 (All Sections), 2 (Sections 2.5 – 2.7)
Minimum of 1 scholarly source
Initial Post Instructions
When data is collected, the most common calculations computed are the Measures of Central Tendency, mean, median and mode. It is important to know how to compute these values and it is also extremely important to know what these values mean in context of the data set.
Use the internet to find a data set. Key terms to search: Free Public Data Sets and Medical Data Sets.
Introduce your Data Set and Cite the Source.
Why was this data interesting to you?
Calculate measures of central tendency (Mean, Median & Mode) and measures of variation (Range and Standard Deviation) for your data. Write a sentence for each calculation explaining what that value means in context of your data.
Follow-Up Post Instructions
Respond to at least one peer. Further the dialogue by providing more information and clarification.
Here are suggested responses.
What did you find interesting/surprising about the descriptive statistics in your peer’s post?
Complete a Compare/Contrast with your data set and a similar data set that was presented by a peer.
Minimum of 2 posts (1 initial & 1 follow-up)
APA format for in-text citations and list of references