2.2.6 - Minitab Express: Central Tendency & Variability

Minitab Express may be used to compute descriptive statistics such as the mean, median, mode, standard deviation, and variance. 

Note that these are the default setting in Minitab Express:

Minitab Express: Descriptive Statistics Defaults

If you want the mode or variance, you will need to select them under the Statistics tab.

MinitabExpress  – Central Tendency

This example will use data collected from a sample of students enrolled in online sections of STAT 200 during the Summer 2020 semester. These data can be downloaded as a Minitab Express Project or as a CSV file:




To obtain measures of central tendency and variability in Minitab Express:

  1. Open the data set in Minitab Express
  2. On a PC: from the menu select STATISTICS > Describe 
    On a Mac: from the menu select Statistics > Summary Statistics > Descriptive Statistics
  3. Double click the variable Online Courses Completed in the box on the left to insert it into the Variable box on the right
  4. Click on the Statistics tab and select the descriptive statistics you want displayed (e.g., Mode)
  5. Click OK

This should result in the following output:

Descriptive Statistics: Online Courses Completed
Variable N N* Mean SE Mean StDev Minimum Q1 Median Q3 Maximum Mode N for Mode
Online Courses Completed 324 19 5.6975 0.4579 8.2429 0.0000 1.0000 3.0000 6.0000 70.0000 0 57
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