Chapter 8. Exploring Data and Descriptive Statistics

1. Statistical terms can be difficult to define, especially on a conceptual level – understanding what you are calculating. Try explaining the following terms to someone, could be a family member, a friend, to yourself in the mirror or even a pet! Feeling comfortable with these terms will improve your understanding of what you are calculating! Try to describe the following terms: mean, distribution of data, central tendency, standard deviation, outlier, skewness.

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Ans: Your answers may be slightly different from the definitions used in this book, and by other people. Ensure you use as many examples as possible to support your answers, and use this chapter and the last one, to check against your definitions.