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Categorical data is information which can be divided into groups such as age group, income level, sex, educational level, blood type, etc.

While some variables can be represented by exact numerical values (e.g. age), it is often informative to categorize some variables into small number of groups (e.g. income level range).

Analysis of categorical data usually requires the use of chart or data table.

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a. 1. Develop a scatter plot for these data. 2. Discuss what the plot implies about the relationship between the two variables. Use the price as the depend (y) variable.

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