Descriptive Statistics Topics (in no particular order)
The following topics are part of descriptive statistics. These are
concepts that you will be responsible for understanding.
 Sample
 Standard Deviation
 Stem and Leaf Diagram
 Median
 Interquartile Range
 Histogram
 Whisker
 Mean
 Quartiles
 Average
 Range
 Ordered Stem and Leaf Diagram
 Box Plot
 Outlier
 Frequency Distribution
 Population
 Relative Frequency Distribution
 Dot Diagram
 Variance
 Cumulative Frequency Plot
 Mode
Participation Activity
A good place to start learning is by attempting to inventory what you
know. A good way to monitor your learning is to continually inventory what you know.
This activity is meant to promote such an inventorying process.
 Prior knowledge: This first step should be
completed before the start of the descriptive statistics unit For each concept,
place it into the appropriate column of the table based on your prior knowledge. If
you have never heard of a concept, place it into the last column. The last column is
clearly a guide for your learning. The
 Monitoring your developing knowledge: This second
step can be completed at any point during or after the descriptive statistics unit.
Essentially, to complete step 2  repeat step 1. For example, upon completion
of the "descriptive statistics" unit (i.e., after lectures and submission of hw
#1 and project #1), complete step 1.

Overall Pattern 
Center / Central Tendency 
Spread / Variability 
Other 
Never Heard of it 
Prior Knowledge






Current Knowledge






** The answers. Generally, there are right answers to
this exercise. An instructor viewpoint on sorting these topics was presented during
lecture. The answers, however, can be found by reading between the lines in the
textbook. If questions still remain, you can attempt to resolve them via email or by
attending office hours.
