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  1. Chapter 2 Chapter 2 Describing and Presenting a Distribution of Scores © 2006 McGraw-Hill Higher Education. All rights reserved.

  2. Chapter Objectives After completing this chapter, you should be able to • Define all statistical terms that are presented. • Describe the four scales of measurement and provide examples of each. • Describe a normal distribution and four curves for distributions that are not normal. • Define the terms measures of central tendency and measures of variability. • Define the three measures of central tendency, identify the symbols used to represent them, describe their characteristics, calculate them with ungrouped and grouped data, and state how they can be used to interpret data.

  3. Chapter Objectives • Define the three measures of variability, identify the symbols used to represent them, describe their characteristics, calculate them with ungrouped and grouped data, and state how they can be used to interpret data. • Define percentile and percentile rank, identify the symbols used to represent them, calculate them with ungrouped and grouped date, and state how they can be used to interpret data. • Define standard scores, calculate z-scores, and interpret their meanings.

  4. data variable population sample random sample parameter Statistic descriptive statistics inferential statistics discrete data continuous data ungrouped data grouped data Statistical Terms

  5. Numbers • Numbers mean different things in different situations. Consider three answers that appear to be identical but are not. • “What number were you wearing in the race?” “5” • What place did you finish in ?” “5” • How many minutes did it take you to finish?” “5”

  6. Number Scales • Nominal Scale • Ordinal Scale • Interval • Ratio

  7. Nominal Scale: This scale refers to a classificatory approach, i.e., categorizing observations. Distinct characteristics must exist to categorize: gender, race essentially you can only be assigned one group. KEY: to distinguish one from another.

  8. Ordinal Scale: This scale puts order into categories. It only ranks categories by ability, but there is no specific quantification between categories. It is only placement, e.g., judging a swimming race without a stopwatch, i.e., there is no quantitiy to determine the difference between ranks. KEY: placement without quantification.

  9. Interval Scale: This scale adds equal intervals between observed categories. We know that 75 points is halfway between scores of 70 and 80 points on a scale. KEY: how much was the difference between 1st and 2nd place?

  10. Ratio Scale: this scale has all the qualities of an interval scale with the added property of a true zero. Not all qualities can be assigned to a ratio scale. KEY: quality of measurement must represent a true zero.

  11. Normal Distribution • Most statistical methods are based on assumption that a distribution of scores is normal and that the distribution can be graphically represented by the normal curve (bell-shaped). • Normal distribution is theoretical and is based on the assumption that the distribution contains an infinite number of scores.

  12. Characteristics of Normal Curve • Bell-shaped curve • Symmetrical distribution about vertical axis of curve • Greatest number of scores found in middle of curve • All measures of central tendency at vertical axis

  13. mean median mode

  14. Different Curves • leptokurtic - very homogeneous group • platykurtic - very heterogeneous group • bimodal - two high points • skewed - scores clustered at one end; positive or negative

  15. Score Rank • List scores in descending order. • Number the scores; highest score is number 1 and last score is the number of the total number of scores. • Average rank of identical scores and assign them the same rank (may determine the midpoint and assign that rank).

  16. Measures of Central Tendency • descriptive statistics • describe the middle characteristics of the data (distribution of scores); represent scores in a distribution around which other scores seem to center • most widely used statistics • mean, median, and mode

  17. Mean The arithmetic average of a distribution of scores; most generally used measure of central tendency. Characteristics • Most sensitive of all measures of central tendency • Most appropriate measure of central tendency to use for ratio data (may be used on interval data) • Considers all information about the data and is used to perform other statistical calculations • Influenced by extreme scores, especially if the distribution is small

  18. Symbols Used to Calculate Mean X = the mean (called X-bar)  = (Greek letter sigma) = “the sum of” X = individual score N = the total number of scores in distribution Mean Formula X = X N Table 2.3: X = 2644 = 88.1 30

  19. Median Score that represents the exact middle of the distribution; the fiftieth percentile; the score that 50% of the scores are above and 50% of the scores are below. Characteristics • Not affected by extreme scores. • A measure of position. • Not used for additional statistical calculations. • Represented by Mdn or P50.

  20. Steps in Calculation of Median • Arrange the scores in ascending order. • Multiple N by .50. • If the number of scores is odd, P50 is the middle score of the distribution. • If the number of scores is even, P50 is the arithmetic average of the two middle scores of the distribution. Table 2.3: .50(30) = 15 Fifteenth and sixteenth scores are 88 P50 = 88

  21. Mode Score that occurs most frequently; may have more than one mode. Characteristics Least used measure of central tendency. Not used for additional statistics. Not affected by extreme scores. Table 2.3: Mode = 88

  22. Which Measure of Central Tendency is Best for Interpretation of Test Results? • Mean, median, and mode are the same for a normal distribution, but often will not have a normal curve. • The farther away from the mean and median the mode is, the less normal the distribution. • The mean and median are both useful measures. • In most testing, the mean is the most reliable and useful measure of central tendency; it is also used in many other statistical procedures.

  23. Measures of Variability • To provide a more meaningful interpretation of data, you need to know how the scores spread. • Variability - the spread, or scatter, of scores; terms dispersion and deviation often used • With the measures of variability, you can determine the amount that the scores spread, or deviate, from the measures of central tendency. • Descriptive statistics; reported with measures of central tendency

  24. Range Determined by subtracting the lowest score from the highest score; represents on the extreme scores. Characteristics 1. Dependent on the two extreme scores. 2. Least useful measure of variability. Formula: R = Hx - Lx Table 2.3: R = 96 - 81 = 15

  25. Quartile Deviation Sometimes called semiquartile range; is the spread of middle 50% of the scores around the median. Extreme scores will not affect the quartile deviation. Characteristics 1. Uses the 75th and 25th percentiles; difference between these two percentiles is referred to as the interquartile range. 2. Indicates the amount that needs to be added to, and subtracted from, the median to include the middle 50% of the scores. 3. Usually not used in additional statistical calculations.

  26. Quartile Deviation Symbols Q = quartile deviation Q1 = 25th percentile or first quartile (P25) = score in which 25% of scores are below and 75% of scores are above Q3 = 75th percentile or third quartile (P75) = score in which 75% of scores are below and 25% of scores are above

  27. Steps for Calculation of Q3 1. Arrange scores in ascending order. 2. Multiply N by .75 to find 75% of the distribution. 3. Count up from the bottom score to the number determined in step 2. Approximation and interpolation may be required. Steps for Calculation of Q1 1. Multiply N by .25 to find 25% of the distribution. 2. Count up from the bottom score to the number determined in step 1. To Calculate Q Substitute values in formula: Q = Q3 - Q1 2

  28. Quartiles Q1 = 25% Q2 = 50% Q3 = 75% Q4 = 100% Q2 - Q1 = range of scores below median Q3 - Q2 = range of scores above median

  29. Table 2.3: • .75(30) = 22.5; twenty-second score = 90; twenty-third • score = 90; midway between two scores would be same score • 75% = 90 • 2. .25(30) = 7.5; seventh score = 85; eight score = 86; • midway between two scores = 85.5 • 3. Q = 90 - 85.5 = 4.5 = 2.25 • 2 2 • Table 2.3: • 88 + 2.25 = 90.25 • 88 - 2.25 = 85.75 • Theoretically, middle 50% of scores fall between the scores of 85.75 and 90.25.

  30. Standard Deviation • Most useful and sophisticated measure of variability. • Describes the scatter of scores around the mean. • Is a more stable measure of variability than the range or quartile deviation because it depends on the weight of each score in the distribution. • Lowercase Greek letter sigma is used to indicate the the standard deviation of a population; letter s is used to indicate the standard deviation of a sample. • Since you generally will be working with small samples, the formula for determining the standard deviation will include (N - 1) rather than N.

  31. Characteristics of Standard Deviation 1. Is the square root of the variance, which is the average of the squared deviations from the mean. Population variance is represented as F2 and the sample variance is represented as s2. 2. Is applicable to interval and ratio data, includes all scores, and is the most reliable measure of variability. 3. Is used with the mean. In a normal distribution, one standard deviation added to the mean and one standard deviation subtracted from the mean includes the middle 68.26% of the scores.

  32. Characteristics of Standard Deviation 4. With most data, a relatively small standard deviation indicates that the group being tested has little variability (performed homogeneously). A relatively large standard deviation indicates the group has much variability (performed heterogeneously). 5. Is used to perform other statistical calculations. Symbols used to determine the standard deviation: s = standard deviation X = individual score X = mean N = number of scores = sum of d = deviation score (X - X)

  33. Calculation of Standard Deviation with X2 1. Arrange scores into a series. 2. Find X2. 3. Square each of the scores and add to determine the X2. 4. Insert the values into the formula NX2 - (X)2 s = N(N- 1) Table 2.3: X = 2644 N = 30 X2 = 233,398 s = 3.6

  34. Calculation of Standard Deviation with d2 1. Arrange the scores into a series. 2. Calculate X. 3. Determine d and d2 for each score; calculate d2. 4. Insert the values into the formula d2 s = N - 1 Table 2.4: X = 88.1 s = 3.6 d2 = 373.5 N = 30

  35. Interpretation of Standard Deviation in Tables 2.3 and 2.4 S = 3.6 X = 88.1 88.1 + 3.6 = 91.7 88.1 - 3.6 = 84.5 In a normal distribution, 68.26% of the scores would fall between 84.5 and 91.7.

  36. Relationship of Standard Deviation and Normal Curve Based on the probability of a normal distribution, there is an exact relationship between the standard deviation and the proportion of area and scores under the curve. 1. 68.26% of the scores will fall between +1.0 and -1.0 standard deviations. 2. 95.44% of the scores will fall between +2.00 and -2.00 standard deviations. 3. 99.73% of the scores will fall between +3.0 and -3.00 standard deviations. 4. Generally, scores will not exceed +3.0 and -3.0 standard deviations from the mean.

  37. Figure 2.4 Characteristics of normal curve.

  38. 60-sec Sit-up Test to Two Fitness Classes Class 1 Class 2 X = 32 X = 28 s = 2 s = 4 Figure 2.5 compares the spread of the two distributions. Individual A in Class 1 completed 34 sit-ups and individual B completed 34 sit-ups in Class 2. Both individuals have the same score, but do not have the same relationship to their respective means and standard deviations. Figure 2.6 compares the individual performances.

  39. Calculation of Percentile Rank through Use of Mean and Standard Deviation. 1. Calculate the deviation of the score from the mean. d = (X - X) 2. Calculate the number of standard deviation units the score is from the mean (z-scores). No. of standard deviation units from the mean = d s 3. Use table 2.5 to determine where the percentile rank of the score is on the curve. If negative value found in step 1, the percentile rank will always be less than 50.

  40. Which Measure of Variability is Best forInterpretation of Test Results? 1. Range is the least desirable. 2. The quartile deviation is more meaningful than the range, but it considers only the middle 50% of the scores. 3. The standard deviation considers every score, is the most reliable, and is the most commonly used measure of variability.

  41. Percentiles and Percentile Ranks Percentile - a point in a distribution of scores below which a given percentage of scores fall. Examples - 60th percentile and 40 percentile Percentile rank - percentage of the total scores that fall below a given score in a distribution; determined by beginning with the raw scores and calculating the percentile ranks for the scores.

  42. Weakness of Percentiles • The relative distance between percentile scores are the • same, but the relative distances between the observed scores are not. • 2. Since percentile scores are based on the number of scores in a distribution rather than the size of the score obtained, it is sometimes more difficult to increase a percentile score at the ends of the scale than in in the middle. • 3. Average performers (in middle of distribution) need only a small change in their raw scores to produce a large change in their percentile scores. • 4. Below average and above average performers (at ends of • distribution) need a large change in their raw scores to • produce even a small change in their percentile scores.

  43. Analysis of Grouped Data Frequency distribution – method for arranging the data in a More convenient form. Simple frequency distribution – all scores are listed in Descending order and the number of times each individual Scores occurs is indicated in a frequency column. Table 2.6 shows a simple frequency distribution. Sometimes more convenient to represent scores in a grouped frequency distribution.

  44. Tennis Serve Test Scores • 83 75 81 56 82 86 62 87 79 93 58 61 61 75 • 94 48 79 72 81 85 52 73 62 80 73 84 63 61 • 63 75 73 67 72 73 72 77 73 85 82 70 57 58 • 79 68 54 70 77 81 68 83 65 77 90 52 75 62 • 69 56 68 69 63 70 91 70 80 65 70 88 72 63

  45. Steps to Construct Frequency Distribution Step 1. Determine the range. The highest score minus lowest score. 94 – 48 = 46 Step 2. Determine the number of class intervals. Depends on the number of scores, the range of the scores, and the purpose of organizing the frequency table. Generally it is best to have between 10 and 20 intervals.

  46. Steps to Construct Frequency Distribution Determine the size of the class interval (i). Estimate if i can be found by dividing the range of scores by the number of intervals wanted. Example: if range of scores for a distribution = 54 54 = 3.6 15 Easier to work with whole numbers, so choice of 3 or 4 as step size.

  47. Steps to Construct Frequency Distribution When i smaller than 10, generally best to use numbers 2, 3, 5, 7, and 9. May use even numbers, but midpoint of of odd numbers will be whole number. May also determine number of class intervals by dividing the range by estimate of appropriate i. Example: 54 = 18 or 54 = 11 3 5

  48. Steps to Construct Frequency Distribution Class intervals for tennis serve test: 46 = 3.06 15 With i = 3, there will be 16 intervals See table 2.7.

  49. Steps to Construct Frequency Distribution Step 3. Determine the limits of the bottom class interval. Usually begin bottom interval with a number that is multiple of the interval size. May begin interval with lowest score or make the lowest score the midpoint of the interval. Step 4. Construct the table. Remaining intervals are formed by increasing each interval by the size of i. Note difference in the “apparent limits” and “real limits” of the intervals.