[ Home ] [ Up ] [ Lecture 1 ] [ DomainsDataQuestions ] [ Survey 1 Results ] [ Descriptive Statistics - Topics ] [ Examples - 16 April ]

## 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.

1. Sample
2. Standard Deviation
3. Stem and Leaf Diagram
4. Median
5. Interquartile Range
6. Histogram
7. Whisker
8. Mean
9. Quartiles
10. Average
11. Range
12. Ordered Stem and Leaf Diagram
13. Box Plot
14. Outlier
15. Frequency Distribution
16. Population
17. Relative Frequency Distribution
18. Dot Diagram
19. Variance
20. Cumulative Frequency Plot
21. 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.

1. 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
2. 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.