1: Turning Data Into Information

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Let's get started! Here is what you will learn in this lesson.

Learning objectives for this lesson

Upon completion of this lesson, you should be able to understand:

  • the importance of graphing your data
  • how to interpret the shape of a distribution
  • what is a five-number summary and its interpretation
  • the meaning of descriptive statistics
  • what "average" means in statistics-speak
  • the relationship between mean and median of a distribution
  • some basic Minitab statistics and graphing methods

Four features to consider for quantitative variables are:

  1. Shape
  2. Center or Location
  3. Spread (variability)
  4. Outliers