# AP Statistics Curriculum 2007 EDA Pics

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## Current revision as of 15:49, 29 June 2010

## Contents |

## General Advance-Placement (AP) Statistics Curriculum - Pictures of Data

### Pictures of Data

There are a variety of graphs and plots that may be used to display data.

- For
**quantitative**variables, we need to make classes (meaningful intervals) first. To accomplish this, we need to separate (or bin) the quantitative data into classes. - For qualitative variables, we need to use the frequency counts instead of the native measurements, as the latter may not even have a natural ordering (so binning the variables in classes may not be possible).
- How to define the number of bins or classes? One common
*rule of thumb*is that the number of classes should be close to For accurate interpretation of data, it is important that all classes (or bins) are of equal width. Once we have our classes, we can create a frequency/relative frequency table or histogram.

### Example

People who are concerned about their health may prefer hot dogs that are low in salt and calories. The Hot dogs data file contains data on the *sodium* and *calories* contained in each of 54 major hot dog brands. The hot dogs are also classified by type: *beef*, *poultry*, and *meat* (mostly pork and beef, but up to 15% poultry meat). For now we will focus on the calories of these sampled hotdogs.

### Frequency Histogram Charts

- Using SOCR Charts and the Charts activities you can produce a number of interesting graphical summaries for this hotdogs dataset.

- The histogram of the
**Calorie**content of all hotdogs in shown in the image below. Note the clear separation of the calories into 3 distinct sub-populations. Could this be related to the type of meat in the hotdogs?

- The histogram of the
**Sodium**content of all hotdogs in shown in the image below. What patterns in this histogram can you identify? Try to explain!

### Box and Whisker Plots

- Using SOCR Charts and the Box-And-Whisker Charts activities you can produce a number of interesting graphical summaries for this hotdogs dataset.

- The graph below shows the box and whisker plot of the
**Calorie**content for all 3 types of hotdogs.

- The graph below shows the box and whisker plot of the
**Sodium**(salt) content for all 3 types of hotdogs.

### Dot Plots

- Using SOCR Charts and the Dot Plot Charts activities you can produce a number of interesting graphical summaries for this hotdogs dataset.

- The graph below shows the dot-plot of the
**Calorie**content for all 3 types of hotdogs.

- The graph below shows the dot-plot of the
**Sodium**content for all 3 types of hotdogs.

### Stem-and-Leaf Plots

Stem-and-leaf plot is a method of presenting quantitative data in a graphical format, similar to a histogram. It is used to assist in visualizing the shape of a distribution. Stem-and-leaf plots are useful tools in exploratory data analysis. Unlike histograms, stem-and-leaf plots retain the original data to at least two significant digits, and put the data in order, which simplifies the move to order-based inference and non-parametric statistics. A basic stem-plot contains two columns separated by a vertical line. The left column contains the **stems** and the right column contains the **leaves**.

- Construction: To construct a stem-and-leaf plot, the observations must first be sorted in ascending order. Then, it must be determined what the
**stems**will represent and what the**leaves**will represent. Frequently, the leaf contains the last digit of the number and the stem contains all of the other digits. Sometimes, the data values may be rounded to a particular place value (such as the hundreds place) that will be used for the leaves. The remaining digits to the left of the rounded place value are used as the stems.

- Example: The stem-and-leaf plot for the
**calorie**variable of the Hot dogs data is shown below.**Legend**: Stem-and-leaf of Calories, N = 54; Leaf Unit = 1.0

8 | 67 | |

9 | 49 | |

10 | 22677 | |

11 | 13 | |

12 | 9 | |

13 | 1225556899 | |

14 | 01234667899 | |

15 | 223378 | |

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17 | 235569 | |

18 | 1246 | |

19 | 00015 |

### Summary

- Histograms can handle large data sets, but they can’t tell exact data values and require the user to set-up classes.
- Dot plots can get a better picture of data values, but they can’t handle large data sets.
- Stem and leaf plots can see actual data values, but they can’t handle large data sets.

### References

### Problems

- SOCR Home page: http://www.socr.ucla.edu

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