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When Apple Computer introduced the iMac computer in August 1998, the company wanted to learn whether the iMac was expandingApple?s market share. Was the iMac just attracting previous Macintosh owners? Or was it purchased by newcomers to thecomputer market, and by previous Windows users who were switching over? To find out, 500 iMac customers wereinterviewed. Each customer was categorized as a previous Macintosh owners, a previous Windows owner, or a new computerpurchaser. This section examines graphical methods for displaying the results of the interviews. We'll learn somegeneral lessons about how to graph data that fall into a small number of categories. A later section will consider how to graphnumerical data in which each observation is represented by a number in some range. The key point about the qualitative datathat occupy us in the present section is that they do not come with a pre-established ordering (the way numbers areordered). For example, there is no natural sense in which the category of previous Windows users comes before or after thecategory of previous iMac users. This situation may be contrasted with quantitative data, such as a person?sweight. People of one weight are naturally ordered with respect to people of a different weight.

Frequency tables

All of the graphical methods shown in this section are derived from frequency tables. shows a frequency table for the results of the iMac study; it showsthe frequencies of the various response categories. It also shows the relative frequencies, which are the proportion ofresponses in each category. For example, the relative frequency for "none" of 0.17 85 500 .

Frequency table for the mac data
Previous Ownership Frequency Relative Frequency
None 85 0.17
Windows 60 0.12
Macintosh 355 0.71
Total 500 1.00

Pie charts

The pie chart in shows the results of the iMac study. In a pie chart, each category is representedby a slice of the pie. The area of the slice is proportional to the percentage of responses in the category. This is simplythe relative frequency multiplied by 100. Although most iMac purchasers were Macintosh owners, Apple was encouraged by the12% of purchasers who were former Windows users, and by the 17% of purchasers who were buying a computer for the firsttime.

Pie chart of iMac purchases illustrating frequencies of previous computer ownership.
Pie charts are effective for displaying the relative frequencies of a small number of categories. They are not recommended,however, when you have a large number of categories. Pie charts can also be confusing when they are used to compare the outcomesof two different surveys or experiments. In an influential book on the use of graphs, Edward Tufte asserted
"The only worse design than a pie chart is several of them"

Here is another important point about pie charts. If they are based on a small number of observations, itcan be misleading to label the pie slices with percentages. For example, if just 5 people had been interviewed by AppleComputers, and 3 were former Windows users, it would be misleading to display a pie chart with the Windows slice showing60%. With so few people interviewed, such a large percentage of Windows users might easily have accord since chance can causelarge errors with small samples. In this case, it is better to alert the user of the pie chart to the actual numbersinvolved. The slices should therefore be labeled with the actual frequencies observed ( e.g. , 3) instead of with percentages.

Questions & Answers

what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
How can I make nanorobot?
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
how can I make nanorobot?
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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