Statistics Concepts And Descriptive Measures
Purpose of Assignment
The purpose of this assignment is to orient students to the key concepts in statistics. This assignment will introduce students to the language of statistics. Students will also get a chance to warm up on evaluating some basic descriptive statistics using Excel® prior to the course start.
Assignment Steps
This assignment has an Excel® dataset spreadsheet attached. You will be required to only do one of the three datasets.
Resources: Microsoft Excel®, Statistics Concepts and Descriptive Measures Data Set
Download the Statistics Concepts and Descriptive Measures Data Set.
Choose one of the following datasets to complete this assignment:
 Consumer Food
 Financial
 Hospital
Complete one of the selected worksheets found under Student Materials (Consumer Food Worksheet, Financial Worksheet, Hospital Worksheet) with the following:
 For each column, identify whether the data is qualitative or quantitative.
 Identify the level of measurement for the data in each column.
 For each column containing quantitative data:
 Evaluate the mean and median
 Interpret the mean and median in plain nontechnical terms
 Use the Excel =AVERAGE function to find the mean
 Use the Excel =MEDIAN function to find the median
 For each column containing quantitative data:
 Evaluate the standard deviation and range
 Interpret the standard deviation and range in plain nontechnical terms
 Use the Excel =STDEV.S function to find the standard deviation
 For range (maximum value minus the minimum value), find the maximum value using the Excel =MAX function and find the minimum value using the Excel's =MIN function
 The Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet should be used to compute the required data and show your work.

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