Assignment: Statistical Thinking Writing Task

Write a research question to perform your own analysis of descriptive statistics.

The assignment

Perform your own descriptive statistical analysis of quantitative data by asking a research question and designing a survey or poll to collect data.  Make up your own question or choose one of the questions listed below. After you have chosen your question, complete the following.

  1. Ask 30 respondents the question and record each answer.
  2. Store your data in a spreadsheet.
  3. Obtain a list of descriptive statistics including mean, median, mode, skewness, range, low value, high value, and standard deviation.
  4. Construct a histogram using 5 or 6 class intervals.
  5. Construct a Frequency Table
  6. Describe the shape of the histogram.
  7. Construct a 5 number summary
  8. Construct a box plot
  9. What does the shape of the box plot tell you about tthe center, and the spread of the data?
  10. Are there any outliers?
  11. Discuss potential limitations of your study.
  12. Discuss potential future studies that could be performed based on your limitations and findings.

Possible research questions include:

  1. How many pairs of shoes do you own?
  2. How many hours of sleep did you get last night?
  3. How much did you spend on lunch yesterday?
  4. What is your height in inches?
  5. What is your shoe size?