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Five credit scores are 680, 680, 700, 720, 720. The data set is bimodal because the scores 680 and 720 each occur twice. Consider the annual earnings of workers at a factory. The mode is $25,000 and occurs 150 times out of 301. The median is $50,000 and the mean is $47,500. What would be the best measure of the “center”?

Because $25,000 occurs nearly half the time, the mode would be the best measure of the center because the median and mean don’t represent what most people make at the factory.

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The law of large numbers and the mean

The Law of Large Numbers says that if you take samples of larger and larger size from any population, then the mean x ¯ of the sample is very likely to get closer and closer to µ . This is discussed in more detail later in the text.

Sampling distributions and statistic of a sampling distribution

You can think of a sampling distribution as a relative frequency distribution with a great many samples. (See Sampling and Data for a review of relative frequency). Suppose thirty randomly selected students were asked the number of movies they watched the previous week. The results are in the relative frequency table shown below.

# of movies Relative Frequency
0 5 30
1 15 30
2 6 30
3 3 30
4 1 30

If you let the number of samples get very large (say, 300 million or more), the relative frequency table becomes a relative frequency distribution .

A statistic is a number calculated from a sample. Statistic examples include the mean, the median and the mode as well as others. The sample mean x ¯ is an example of a statistic which estimates the population mean μ .

Calculating the mean of grouped frequency tables

When only grouped data is available, you do not know the individual data values (we only know intervals and interval frequencies); therefore, you cannot compute an exact mean for the data set. What we must do is estimate the actual mean by calculating the mean of a frequency table. A frequency table is a data representation in which grouped data is displayed along with the corresponding frequencies. To calculate the mean from a grouped frequency table we can apply the basic definition of mean: mean = d a t a   s u m n u m b e r   o f   d a t a   v a l u e s We simply need to modify the definition to fit within the restrictions of a frequency table.

Since we do not know the individual data values we can instead find the midpoint of each interval. The midpoint is l o w e r   b o u n d a r y + u p p e r   b o u n d a r y 2 . We can now modify the mean definition to be M e a n   o f   F r e q u e n c y   T a b l e = f m f where f = the frequency of the interval and m = the midpoint of the interval.

A frequency table displaying professor Blount’s last statistic test is shown. Find the best estimate of the class mean.

Grade Interval Number of Students
50–56.5 1
56.5–62.5 0
62.5–68.5 4
68.5–74.5 4
74.5–80.5 2
80.5–86.5 3
86.5–92.5 4
92.5–98.5 1
  • Find the midpoints for all intervals
Grade Interval Midpoint
50–56.5 53.25
56.5–62.5 59.5
62.5–68.5 65.5
68.5–74.5 71.5
74.5–80.5 77.5
80.5–86.5 83.5
86.5–92.5 89.5
92.5–98.5 95.5
  • Calculate the sum of the product of each interval frequency and midpoint. f m
    53.25 ( 1 ) + 59.5 ( 0 ) + 65.5 ( 4 ) + 71.5 ( 4 ) + 77.5 ( 2 ) + 83.5 ( 3 ) + 89.5 ( 4 ) + 95.5 ( 1 ) = 1460.25
  • μ = f m f = 1460.25 19 = 76.86
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