Describing Your Data

  • Cynthia Fraser


This chapter introduces descriptive statistics, center, spread, and distribution shape, which are almost always included with any statistical analysis to characterize a dataset. The particular descriptive statistics used depend on the scale that has been used to assign numbers to represent the characteristics of entities being studied. When the distribution of continuous data is bell shaped, we have convenient properties that make description easier. Chapter Two looks at dataset types and their description.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cynthia Fraser
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  1. 1.McIntire School of CommerceUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA

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