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Some Basic Statistical Measures

  • Farhat Yusuf
  • Jo. M. Martins
  • David A. Swanson
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Abstract

This chapter introduces some basic statistical measures which are commonly used in demographic analysis. This starts with the estimation of proportions, percentages, rates and ratios. It progresses on to some measures of central tendency, such as various types of averages including the arithmetic, geometric and harmonic means. Particular properties and distinguishing features of the three types of means are examined. Other measures discussed include median and mode and how they are estimated and interpreted. Measures of dispersion such as the variance and standard deviation are also discussed, along with various measures of concentration including quartiles, quintiles, deciles and percentiles. Indexes of dissimilarity and relative difference are considered along with the Gini coefficient. Finally, the concepts of regression and correlation are introduced.

Keywords

Income Group Multiple Regression Model Gini Coefficient Median Group Cumulative Frequency 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht. 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Farhat Yusuf
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jo. M. Martins
    • 2
  • David A. Swanson
    • 3
  1. 1.Menzies Centre for Health Policy Sydney School of Public HealthThe University of SydneySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Department of Marketing and Management Faculty of Business and EconomicsMacquarie UniversityNorth RydeAustralia
  3. 3.Department of Sociology College of Humanities, Arts and Social SciencesUniversity of California RiversideRiversideUSA

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