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Trial And Error Essay

748 words - 3 pages

Please make sure that you give a COMPLETE response to all DQs asked, IN YOUR OWN WORDS (minimum 200, excluding citations), along with proper CITATIONS. If any of these are missing, you will not get full points for DQs.
Your follow up posts should be at least 100 words, and MUST be in your own words.
Textbook:
Grove, S. K. (2007). Statistics for health care research: A practical workbook. Edinburgh: Elsevier Saunders.
Topic 1 DQ 1: How can graphics and/or statistics be used to misrepresent data? Where have you seen this done?
Statistics are used everywhere, every day to represent a multitude of data, or study sample. Sample characteristics are the traits that depict the study sample and ...view middle of the document...

Lastly, an example of deliberately misrepresenting data could be when politicians intentionally manipulate charts, graphs, and articles due to their bias to win the election.
References
Grove, S. K. (2007). Statistics for health care research: A practical workbook. Edinburgh: Elsevier Saunders
Statistics: Power from Data! Misinterpretation of statistics. (2013). Retrieved from http://www.statcan.gc.ca/edu/power-pouvoir/ch6/misinterpretation-mauvaiseinterpretation/5214805-eng.htm

Topic 1 DQ 2: What are the characteristics of a population for which it would be appropriate to use mean/median/mode? When would the characteristics of a population make them inappropriate to use?
Mean, median, and mode are analysis techniques that are used to describe the variables in a study by measuring and calculating the central tendency in order to determine the data in regards to the center of distribution (Grove, 2007). The mode can be defined as the score of distribution that occurs more frequently than the others. The median can be defined as the score that is in the middle of a list of values that is rank ordered and is considered to be the most precise way to measure the central...

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