# Statistics concepts and descriptive measures

Purpose of Assignment

The purpose of this assignment is to orient students to the key concepts in statistics. This assignment will introduce students to the language of statistics. Students will also get a chance to warm up on evaluating some basic descriptive statistics using Excel® prior to the course start.

Assignment Steps

This assignment has an Excel® dataset spreadsheet attached.  You will be required to only do one of the three datasets.

Resources: Microsoft Excel®, Statistics Concepts and Descriptive Measures Data Set

Download the Statistics Concepts and Descriptive Measures Data Set.

Choose one of the following datasets to complete this assignment:

• Consumer Food
• Financial
• Hospital

Complete one of the selected worksheets found under Student Materials (Consumer Food Worksheet, Financial Worksheet, Hospital Worksheet) with the following:

• For each column, identify      whether the data is qualitative or quantitative.
• Identify the level of      measurement for the data in each column.
• For each column containing      quantitative data:
• Evaluate the mean and median
• Interpret the mean and median       in plain non-technical terms
• Use the Excel =AVERAGE       function to find the mean
• Use the Excel =MEDIAN function       to find the median
• For each column containing      quantitative data:
• Evaluate the standard       deviation and range
• Interpret the standard       deviation and range in plain non-technical terms
• Use the Excel =STDEV.S       function to find the standard deviation
• For range (maximum value minus       the minimum value), find the maximum value using the Excel =MAX function       and find the minimum value using the Excel’s =MIN function
• The Microsoft Excel      Spreadsheet should be used to compute the required data and show your work.