AP Statistics Curriculum 2007 EDA Shape
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** [[SOCR_EduMaterials_ModelerActivities_MixtureModel_1 | Mixture Distributions]] | ** [[SOCR_EduMaterials_ModelerActivities_MixtureModel_1 | Mixture Distributions]] |
Current revision as of 21:08, 4 June 2010
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General Advance-Placement (AP) Statistics Curriculum - Measures of Shape
Definitions
- A distribution is unimodal if it has one mode. Unimodal distributions include:
- Bell shaped distributions (symmetric, Normal)
- Skewed right or skewed left
- We can use the mean and median to help interpret the shape of a distribution. For an unimodal distribution we have these properties:
- If mean = median, then the distribution is symmetric
- If mean > median, then the distribution is right skewed
- If mean < median, then the distribution is left skewed
- Multimodal distributions have two or more modes. Examples of multimodal distributions are:
Other Measures of Shape
This section also provides moment-based characterization of distribution shape.
Examples
What seems like a logical choice for the shape of the hot dog calorie data? Try looking at the histogram of the calories for the Hot-dogs dataset.
Activities
Collect data, draw the sample histogram or dot-plot and classify the shape of the distribution accordingly. Also, if unimodal, classify symmetry (symmetric, skewed right or skewed left).
- Data collected on height of randomly sampled college students.
- Data collected on height of randomly sampled female college students.
- The salaries of all persons employed by a large university.
- The amount of time spent by students on a difficult exam.
- The grade distribution on a difficult exam.
Hands-on activities
- You can generate data using the SOCR Modeler as shown here.
- Try fitting multi-model mixture models to samples of 2 Normal distributions with very different centers
Problems
- SOCR Home page: http://www.socr.ucla.edu
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