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What are the three types of measure of central tendency?

mode

median

mean

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What are the two measures of dispersion?

range

standard deviation

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What is a measure of dispersion?

it informs us how spread out a set of scores are.

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Define standard deviation.

a measure of the variation in a set of scores.

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What is the advantage of working out the mode?

helps to indicate a 'usual' figure

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What is the disadvantage of a mode?

It is unrepresentative a sit doesn't take into account all the scores.

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What it the advantage of working out the median?

it is unaffected by extreme values

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What is a disadvantage of the median?

with lots of scores it can be very time consuming.

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What is an advantage of working out the mean?

it is very representative as it uses every score.

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What is a disadvantage of the mean?

the mean number may not match any of the values in the actual data set.

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What is an advantage of the range?

easy to caculate

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What is a disadvantage of the range?

can be affected by extreme values

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What is an advantage of standard deviation?

each score is taken into account

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What is a disadvantage of standard deviation?

complicated to work out

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What is an advantage of bar charts?

you can visually compare the difference of the IV

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What is a positive skew?

this is where most of the distribution in concentrated towards the left of the graph, resulting in a long tail on the right.

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What is a negative skew?

a negative skew is where most of the distribution is concentrated towards the right of the graph, resulting in a long tail on the left.