What is the range and why is it not ideal as a measure of variability?© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com March 4, 2021, 11:17 pm ad1c9bdddf
This is a great question! It is very important in social science to be able to understand data so you can accurately communicate its characteristics as well as determine if the you can confidently reach conclusions about the population the data was gathered from.
Knowing the range of a data set can be useful as it represents the absolute high and low ends of your data set, but by itself it does not tell you about all the data in between!
Let's think about an example of range and why it is not a good indicator of variability (the following figures ...
This solution identifies the range and why it is not ideal as a measure of variability.