What Are Descriptive Statistics? - Definition and Uses

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The mean is influenced by:

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1. Which of the following is the least useful in helping you understand how varied your data scores are?

2. Standard deviation tells you:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

By using this quiz and worksheet combo, you will gain practice in understanding the most basic statistics used to give a summary of data and how each is different. Key concepts to watch for include what the mean is influenced by and how to calculate standard deviation.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, your understanding of the following concepts will be tested:

  • Descriptive statistics that show the spread of the data
  • Calculating the median
  • What an outlier is

Skills Practiced

In addition, you will be able to practice the following skills:

  • Making connections - use your understanding of the concept of outliers
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding what influences the mean and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding statistics that depict how data is spread out
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about calculating descriptive statistics

Additional Learning

To learn more about descriptive statistics, refer to the related lesson, What Are Descriptive Statistics? - Definition and Uses. This lesson covers these learning objectives:

  • Define descriptive statistics
  • Understand what each individual statistic tells you about the data
  • Identify the method for calculating each descriptive statistic
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