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Measures of Central Tendency

This Discussion will give students the opportunity to calculate or identify the three measures of central tendency. Select an appropriate real life situation where one measure would be more appropriate than the other two measures of center.

a.Select a common topic or hypothesis and record the topic in your posting.

"What is the average number of times you order out for dinner on a weekly basis"

b. Sample at least 15 people and record their data in a simple table or chart

9 Males 9 Females, 18 All together

Name of person Number of times take out is ordered weekly
Bob 1
Brian 0
Christian 1
Connor 3
Rick 4
Paris 1
Cole 2
Matt 4
David 1

Josie 0
Charlene 0
Carrie 1
Beth 2
Melissa 3
Cortney 1
Eileen 0
Eden 3
Jess 1

c. You can gather your data at work, on the phone, or via some other method. This is your "Sampling Design." Which of the four sampling techniques best describes your design?

d.Explain in moderate detail the method you used to gather your data. In statistics this venture is called the "Methodology."

d. Make sure you break your sample into classes or groups, such as: males/females or ages or time of day, etc

Males and Females, age does not matter

e.Calculate the mean, median, and mode for your data as a whole.

f. Now calculate the mean, median, and mode of each of your classes or groups.

g.Indicate which measure of central tendency BEST describes your data and WHY.

Solution Summary

This solution explains how to calculate mean, medium, and mode and discussed when each of these measurements will be useful as an effective statistic.