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What is an abscissa?

The x axis on a graph.

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What is the alpha level?

Type 1 error level (probability of incorrectly rejecting the null hypothesis).

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What is the analysis of variance?

Statistical procedure that analyses mean differences between two or more groups by comparing between-groups and within-group variance.

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What is average deviation?

The average distance from the mean.

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What is beta?

The probability of making a type two error.

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What is bimodal?

A distribution of scores that has two modes.

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What is central tendency?

Average or typical score in a distribution.

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What is a coefficient alpha?

An index of internal consistency reliability.

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What is continuous variable?

Variable that can theoretically take on an infinite number of values.

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What is a correlation coefficient?

Index of the degree of linear relationship between variables.

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What is correlation?

Degree of linear relationship between two or more variables.

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What is covary?

When the values of two or more measures change together.

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What is cross-tabulation?

Procedure that illustrates the relationship between two or more nominal variables. A cross tabulation table shows the frequency of participants who show each particular combination of characteristics.

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What is a degree of freedom?

A statistical concept in which one degree of freedom is lost each time that a population parameter is estimated.

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What are descriptive statistics?

Statistics that summarise and/or describe a sample of scores.

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What are effect size?

Index of the size of the difference between groups, expressed in standard deviation units.

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What are frequencies?

The number of objects or participants that fall into a specified category.

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What is frequency distribution?

Organisational device used to simplify large data sets.

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What is a frequency polygon?

Graph that illustrates a frequency distribution by placing a dot above each possible score at a height that indicates the score's frequency and then connect the dots.

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What are graphs?

A means of presenting data visually.

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What are grouped frequency distribution?

Lists the frequency of scores in equal-size intervals.

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What is a histogram?

A bar graph in which the frequency of scores is represented by the height of the bar.

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What are individual differences?

Natural difference among people.

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What are inferiental statistics?

Statistical procedures that allow us to decide whether the sample data suggest that population difference exist.

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What is linear relationship?

Relationship between the variables that, when plotted in a standard coordinate system, cluster around a straight line.

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What is a mean?

Arithmetic average of scores that should be computed only for score data.

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What are measures of central tendency?

Descriptive statistics that indicate the typical score.

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What is median?

Middle score in a distribution.

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What is mode?

Most frequent score in a distribution.

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What is a negative correlation?

Relationship between two variable in which an increase in one variable predicts a decrease in the other.