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CHAPTER 1 ASSIGNMENT

WHAT IS STATISTICS?

Name ___________________________________ Section __________ Score _________

Part I Classify the following sets of data as qualitative or quantitative.

_______________ 1. The religious affiliations of college students

_______________ 2. The height of each member of a basketball team

_______________ 3. Students’ scores on the first statistics exam

_______________ 4. The color of new SUV’s on a car lot

_______________ 5. The Olympic track and field world records, such as the time for the
steeplechase.

Part II Classify the following sets of data as continuous or discrete.

_______________ 6. The number of students enrolled in an accounting class

_______________ 7. The number of General Electric microwaves sold by Home Depot last month

_______________ 8. The acceleration time of an automobile

_______________ 9. The temperature of a refrigerator

_______________ 10. The number of people aboard a commercial airplane

Part III Identify the measurement scale as nominal, ordinal, interval, or ratio for each of the
following.

_______________ 11. the temperature readings in Washington, D.C.

_______________ 12. brand of laptop computer

_______________ 13. college major

_______________ 14. military rank

_______________ 15. number of vehicles produced

_______________ 16. time required to download a computer file

_______________ 17. order of finish in the 2006 Indianapolis 500 auto race

_______________ 18. the color of the students’ hair in your statistics class
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_______________ 19. Scholastic Aptitude Test (S.A.T.) scores for incoming freshmen

_______________ 20. number of people at a board of directors meeting

Part IV Select the correct answer and write the appropriate letter in the space provided.

______ 21. The collection of all possible individuals, objects, or measurements is called

a. a sample.
b. a ratio measurement.
c. an inference.
d. a population

______ 22. Techniques used to organize, summarize, and present the data that have been collected are
called

a. populations.
b. samples.
c. descriptive statistics.
d. inferential statistics.

______ 23. Quantitative variables

a always use the interval level of measurement.


b always use the ratio level of measurement.
c can not have “gaps” between values.
d are either discrete or continuous

______ 24. Techniques used to estimate something about a population, based on a sample, are called

a. descriptive statistics.
b. inferential statistics.
c. populations.
d. samples.

______ 25. Which of the following is not true of the interval scale?

a. the interval scale is used for ordered data


b. equal differences in the characteristic lead to equal differences in the measurement
c. the zero point on the interval scale represents the absence of the characteristic
measured
d. the interval scale is not used for numeric data

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