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Homework Help: Can you help me with a stem and leaf plot? Seems easy

  1. Jul 22, 2009 #1
    Hi i need to know a couple of things and i dont know how to get to them....thanks for taking a look over this ...

    Stem and leaf........

    10 |0
    9 |2,4,5
    8 | 1,2,7,9
    7 | 1,1,3
    6 | 1,2,8
    5 | 1,5

    Mean = 77
    Mode = 71
    Median = what is the mode???? I think its 80 but im not sure....

    What is the Third Quartile and First Quartile of this data??

    What is the variance??......How can i get the answer to this?
    What is the standard deviation of the scores??....Same thing as above im really lost on this
    ...can anyone show me how to do this??
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  3. Jul 23, 2009 #2


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    So you have 16 data items ranging from 51 to 100. I did not check your mean- that's the one that requires the most calculation. 71 occurs twice and is the only value that occurs more than once so, yes, that's the mode.

    The median is the "halfway" number. Since there are 16 numbers, where does the eighth from the top or eight from the bottom occur? It looks like the eighth number from the bottom is 73 and the eighth number from the top is 81. That's a nuisance- there are an even number of data items and "1/2" way lies between two numbers. You might want to check with your teacher on that since different people use different conventions for a situation like this. I, personally, would use the number exactly half way between 73 and 81, which is 77.

    The first and third quartiles are the same thing but using 1/4 instead of 1/2. 1/4 of 16 is four so look for the fourth number from the bottom and 12th from the top. The fourth number from the bottom is 62 and the 12th number from the top is 68. I would say the 1st quartile is 65, but, again, you should check with your teacher for the convention you are to use.
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