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INTRODUCTI
ON TO
STATISTICS
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Introduction

The word statistics conveys a variety of


meaning to people in different walks of life.

The

word statistics comes from the Italian

words Statista

( Statement).
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The German word Statistik

Political state
The

word Statistics today refers to either

quantitative information or a method of


delaling with quantitative or qualitative
information.
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Definition

Statistics is defined as collection,


Presentation, analysis and interpretation
of numerical data.

Acc. Croxton &

cowden
statistics

is the sciences and art of

dealing with figure and facts.


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Collection of
In the first case, when the information was collected by
Data
the investigator herself or himself with a definite objective
in her or his mind, the data obtained is called primary
data.
In the second case, when the information was gathered
from a source which already had the information stored,
the data obtained is called secondary data.
Such data, which has been collected by someone else in
another context, needs to be used with great care
ensuring that the source is reliable.
By now, you must have understood how to collect data
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and distinguish between primary
and secondary data.

Presentation of Data
As soon as the work related to collection of
data is over, the investigator has to find out
ways to present them in a form which is
meaningful, easily understood and gives its
main features at a glance. Let us now recall
the various ways of presenting the data
through some examples.

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EXAMPLE:Consider the marks obtained (out of 100 marks) by


30 students of Class IX of a school:
10 20 36 92 95 40 50 56 60 70
92 88 80 70 72 70 36 40 36 40
92 40 50 50 56 60 70 60 60 88
Recall that the number of students who have obtained a
certain number of marks is called the frequency of those
marks. For instance, 4 students got 70 marks. So the
frequency of 70 marks is 4. To make the data more easily
understandable, we write it in a table, as given below:
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Ungrouped frequency distribution table, or simply a frequency


distribution table. Note that you can use also tally marks in
preparing these tables,
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Graphical
Representation of Data
The representation of data by tables has already
been discussed. Now let us turn our attention to
another representation of data, i.e., the graphical
representation. It is well said that one picture is
better than a thousand words. Usually comparisons
among the individual items are best shown by
means of graphs. The representation then becomes
easier to understand than the actual data. We shall
study the following graphical representations in this
section.

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Bar Graphs
Recall that a bar graph is a pictorial
representation of data in which usually bars of
uniform width are drawn with equal spacing
between them on one axis (say, the x-axis),
depicting the variable. The values of the variable
are shown on the other axis (say, the y-axis) and
the heights of the bars depend on the values of
the variable.

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EXAMPLE
In a particular section of Class IX, 40 students
were asked about the months of their birth and the
following graph was prepared for the data so
obtained:

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Observe the bar graph given in previous slide and


answer the following questions:
(i) How many students were born in the month of
November?
(ii) In which month were the maximum number of
students born?
Solution : Note that the variable here is the month of
birth, and the value of the variable is the Number of
students born.
(i) 4 students were born in the month of November.
(ii) The Maximum number of students were born in the
month of August.
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Histogram
This is a form of representation like the bar graph, but it is used
for continuous class intervals. For instance, consider the
frequency distribution, representing the weights of 36
students of a class:

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Let us represent the data given on previous slide


graphically as follows:
(i) We represent the weights on the horizontal axis on a suitable scale. We can
choose the scale as 1 cm = 5 kg. Also, since the first class interval is starting
from 30.5 and not zero, we show it on the graph by marking a kink or a break
on the axis.
(ii) We represent the number of students (frequency) on the vertical axis on a
suitable scale. Since the maximum frequency is 15, we need to choose the
scale to accomodate this maximum frequency.
(iii) We now draw rectangles (or rectangular bars) of width equal to the classsize and lengths according to the frequencies of the corresponding class
intervals. For example, the rectangle for the class interval 30.5 - 35.5 will be of
width 1 cm and length 4.5 cm.
(iv) In this way, we obtain the graph
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Observe that since there are no gaps in between consecutive rectangles, the resultant
graph appears like a solid figure. This is called a histogram, which is a graphical
representation of a grouped frequency distribution with continuous classes. Also, unlike
a bar graph, the width of the bar plays a significant role in its construction.
Here, in fact, areas of the rectangles erected are proportional to the corresponding
frequencies. However, since the widths of the rectangles are all equal, the lengths of
the rectangles are proportional to the frequencies.
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Frequency Polygon
There is yet another visual way of representing quantitative data
and its frequencies. This is a polygon. To see what we mean,
consider the histogram represented. Let us join the mid-points of
the upper sides of the adjacent rectangles of this histogram by
means of line segments. Let us call these mid-points B, C, D, E,
F and G. When joined by line segments, we obtain the figure
BCDEFG. To complete the polygon, we assume that there is a
class interval with frequency zero before 30.5 - 35.5, and one
after 55.5 - 60.5, and their mid-points are A and H, respectively.
ABCDEFGH is the frequency polygon corresponding to the data.

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Although, there exists no class preceding the lowest


class and no class succeeding the highest class,
addition of the two class intervals with zero frequency
enables us to make the area of the frequency polygon
the same as the area of the histogram.
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Measures of central
tendency

Arithmetic mean

Median

Mode

Geometric mean

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Measurement of central
tendency
Sl. no

Data level

Nominal

Ordinal

Interval

Ratio

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Measured on scale of
frequency of categories
Measured on no scale but
can be ranked
Measured on a scale with no
true zero
Measured on a scale with
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Measurement of central
tendency

Mode (Mo)
Median (Md)
Mean (M)
Mean (M)

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The mean

The mean is the most commonly used average.


To calculate the mean of a set of values we add together
the values and divide by the total number of values.
Mean =

Sum of values
Number of values

For example, the mean of 3, 6, 7, 9 and 9 is


3+6+7+9+9
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5
5
6.8
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Two dice were thrown 10 times and their scores were


added together and recorded. Find the mean for this
data.
7, 5, 2, 7, 6, 12, 10, 4, 8, 9

7 + 5 + 2 + 7 + 6 + 12 + 10 + 4 + 8 + 9
10
70

10

Mean

7
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Different Averages
Sum of all the numbers
The Mean =
No. of Number
Find the mean of the set of data 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 3, 36

1 +1 +1 +1 + 2 +3 + 26
The Mean =
=5
7
Can you see that this is not the most suitable of averages since
five out of the six numbers are all below the mean of 5

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Different Averages
An average should indicate a
measure of central tendency
but should also indicate
what the distribution of data looks like.
This is why we have 3 different types of averages to consider
1. The Mean
2. The Median (put the data in order then find the MIDDLE value)
3. The Mode (the number that appears the most)

For the above data the Median or Mode is a better average = 1


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Different Averages
Example :

Find the median and mode for the set of data.

10, 2, 14, 1, 14, 7

Median = 1,2, 7,10,14,14

Mode = 14

7 + 10 17
Median =
=
= 8.5
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THANK
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