3.7 - Have Fun With It!

Have Fun With It! Section

cartoon about research, "In retrospect, it was clear why Jack was bragging about the mean height of his beanstalks, rather than the median!"

J.B. Landers ©

Boxplot

Lyric © by Alan Reifman
may sing to the tune of "Big Shot" (Billy Joel)

You've collected your data, and you want to see,
The major cuts, from the symbolic axe,
You see the median... the quartiles,
And the min, and the max,

Well, you can also make a marking,
For a special case,
If a point looks, too far away,
You can handle outliers, fine,
Right within your array,

And you can show it with a box plot, can't you?
Tukey's gift to help explore,
You show it with a box plot, don't you?
Such a graph, you can't ignore,

They illustrate dispersion, quicker,
The key cut-points, at a glance,
It gives you a descriptive picture,
It looks just like a kitten's whisker,
Whoa-oh-oh-oh...

 

The Statistics Song

Song © Science Court, Inc.

Numbers and surveys, they can tell us a lot,
When they're honest and fair...but sometimes they're not.
Check the size of a sample and they way it was picked,
Do the questions seem fair? Did the people seem tricked?

Chorus: Every day with more statistics showing up in the news you
Will see pretty graphs and fancy charts to amuse you.
But how was all the information found and then collected?
Look out for fancy numbers that are unconnected.

repeat chorus