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1 Graphical Representations of Data, Mean, Median and Standard Deviation In this class we will consider graphical representations of the distribution of a set of data. The goal is to identify the range of values and the most likely values as well as properties like symmetry, uni or multimodality, tail behavior, etc. To quantify the central value of the distribution of a given sample we define the average and the median. To quantify the spread (dispersion) of the sample with respect to its central value we define the standard deviation. 1 Pie Charts Cherry Cherry The pie Blueberry Blueberry charts correspond to the proportion of icecream flavors sold annually by a given brand Apple Apple Cherry Other Boston Cream Vanilla Cream Blueberry Vanilla Cream Apple Apple Cherry Other Boston Cream Vanilla Cream Blueberry Vanilla Cream Other Boston Cream Other Boston Cream 2
2 Pie Charts are a bad idea! From the R manual page for the pie function: Pie charts are a very bad way of displaying information. The eye is good at judging linear measures and bad at judging relative areas. A bar chart or dot chart is a preferable way of displaying this type of data. Cleveland (1985), page 264: "Data that can be shown by pie charts always can be shown by a dot chart. This means that judgements of position along a common scale can be made instead of the less accurate angle judgements." This statement is based on the empirical investigations of Cleveland and McGill as well as investigations by perceptual psychologists. 3 The same data are represented now with bar charts. Notice that this representation allows a very clear quantification of the differences between the icecream types Vanilla Cream Other Boston Cream Apple Cherry Blueberry Bar Charts Blueberry Cherry Apple Boston Cream Other Vanilla Cream
3 Bar Charts Strictly speaking bar charts can be used for drawing a summary of either quantitative or qualitative data types. Qualitative data types, such as nominal or ordinal variables, can be visualized using bar charts. The next data summary graphing techniques, Stem and Leaf Plots and Histograms are used for quantitative variables. 5 Stem and Leaf Plots A similar technique used to graphically represent data is to use stem and leaf plots. Take a look at the Healthy Breakfast data set. This datafile contains nutritional information and grocery shelf location for 77 breakfast cereals. Current research states that adults should consume no more than 30 % of their calories in the form of fat, they need about 50 grams (women) or 63 grams (men) of protein daily, and should provide for the remainder of their caloric intake with complex carbohydrates. One gram of fat contains 9 calories and carbohydrates and proteins contain 4 calories per gram. A good diet should also contain grams of dietary fiber. Check out R code. 6
4 7 Income level in $ frequency 0 1, ,000 2, ,000 3, ,000 4, ,000 5, ,000 6, ,000 7, ,000 10, ,000 15, ,000 25, ,000 50, ,000 and over Frequency Histograms Consider the table of families by income in the US in 1973 and corresponding percents. In this table class intervals include the left point, but not the right point. It is important to specify which of the endpoints are included in each class. Notice that in this case class intervals do not have the same length. 8
5 We can draw a frequency histogram for each of the income level ranges specified by dividing the frequency counts by the total number of families. However, the ranges are different widths, so that the area of each block is NOT equally proportional to the number of families with incomes in the corresponding class interval. We really WANT the areas of each block to equally represent the proportion of families within the income class interval, so instead we use a density histogram. 9 Density histograms are similar to frequency histogram except heights of rectangles are calculated by dividing relative frequency by class width. (frequency total number of families class width). Resulting rectangle heights called densities, and the vertical scale called density scale. Density Histograms Density Density Histogram for Income Income in $1000 NOTE: I used total subjects in income data set = 211,908,
6 IMPORTANT! When comparing data sets with different sample sizes OR when drawing a histograms with varying class interval widths, it is NOT appropriate to compare raw frequency histograms. Why? When sample sizes are different, density scale histograms are BETTER. 11 Drawing Density Histograms Once the distribution table of percentages is available the next step is to draw a horizontal axis specifying the class intervals. Then we draw the blocks remembering that In a density histogram the areas of the blocks represent percentages So, it is a mistake to set the heights of the blocks equal to the percentages in the table. (that would be a relative frequency histogram, which we ll talk about next.) To figure out the height of a block divide the percentage by the class width of the interval. The table needed to calculate the heights of the blocks looks like 12
7 Income level in $ percent class width (in $1,000 s) height 0 1, ,000 2, ,000 3, ,000 4, ,000 5, ,000 6, ,000 7, ,000 10, ,000 15, ,000 25, ,000 50, ,000 and over 1 13 Distribution of family income in the US in 1973 percent per $ This is the resulting histogram. The sum of the areas of a density histogram adds to 1. Notice that the class interval of incomes above $50,000 has been ignored income in $
8 Vertical scale What is the meaning of the vertical scale in a histogram? Remember that the area of the blocks is proportional to the percents. A high height implies that large chunks of area accumulate in small portions of the horizontal scale. This implies that the density of the data is high in the intervals where the height is large. In other words, the data are more crowded in those intervals. 15 Another Example of a Density Histogram Information is available from 131 hospitals. We show a histogram of the average length of stay measured in days for each hospital. The area of each block is proportional to the number of hospitals in the corresponding class interval. Histogram of the average length of stay in hospital length of stay (days) In this example all the intervals have the same length, so the heights of the blocks give all the information about the number of hospitals in each class. 16
9 There are 7 class intervals corresponding to 6 to 8 days 8 to 10 days 10 to 12 days 12 to 14 days 14 to 16 days 16 to 18 days 18 to 20 days Note that the class that corresponds to 14 to 16 days is empty and that the class with the highest count of hospitals is the one of 8 to 10 days. 17 Cross tabulation In many situations we need to perform an exploratory analysis of data to observe possible associations with a discrete variable. For example, consider measuring the blood pressure of women and divide them in two groups: one taking the contraceptive pill and the other not taking it. We can produce a table with the distribution of one group in one column and the distribution of the other in another column. This can be used to produce two histograms in order to make a visual comparison of the the two groups. The variable that is used for the crosstabulation is usually referred to as a covariable. 18
10 blood pressure non users users (mm) % % under women not using the pill blood pressure (mm) over We observe that the histogram of pill users is slightly shifted to the right, suggesting an increase in blood pressure among women taking the pill. These are relative frequency histograms. percent per mm percent per mm women using the pill blood pressure (mm) 19 percent per mm percent per mm Relative Frequency Histograms women not using the pill blood pressure (mm) women using the pill blood pressure (mm) These are relative frequency histograms, because the height of the bars is the fraction of times the value occurs e.g. the frequency of value(s) number of observations in the set. Relative frequency histograms are also useful for comparing two samples with different sample sizes. The Sum of all relative frequencies in a dataset is 1. 20
11 Problems Data from the 1990 Census produce the following for houses in the New York City area that are either occupied by the owner or rented out. 1. The owneroccupied percents add up to 99.9% and the renteroccupied percents add up to 100.1%, why? 2. The percentage of oneroom units is much larger for renteroccupied housing. Is that because there is more renteroccupied housing in total? 3. Which are larger on the whole: the owneroccupied units or the renteroccupied units? 21 Number of Rooms Owner Occupied Renter Occupied Total Number 785,120 1,782,459 22
12 The answer to the first question is that there is rounding involved in the calculation of the percentages. As for the second question, the fact that we are taking percentages accounts for the difference in totals, so a larger total of renteroccupied units does not explain the difference. What seems to be happening is that units for rent tend to be smaller than units occupied by their owners. This is more clearly seen from the comparison of the two histograms. 23 Owner!occupied Renter!occupied
13 Average and spread in a histogram A histogram provides a graphical description of the distribution of a sample of data. If we want to summarize the properties of such a distribution we can measure the center and the spread of the histogram. Histogram of n1 These two histograms correspond to samples with the same center. The spread of the sample on top is smaller than that of the sample in the bottom Density Density !6!4! n.1 Histogram of n2!6!4! n.2 25 Average and median In addition to summarizing a variable graphically to look for patterns, it s also useful to summarize it numerically. The three most useful measures of center (or central tendency) are the mean, the median (and other quantiles, or percentiles), and the mode. It turns out the the mean has the graphical interpretation of the center of gravity of the data. If you visualize the histogram of a variable as made of bricks that are sitting on a number line made of plywood, which in turn is put on top of a sawhours, the mean is the place where the histogram would exactly balance. 26
14 To obtain an estimate of the center of the distribution we can calculate an average. The average of a list of numbers equals their sum, divided by how many they are Thus, if 18; 18; 21; 20; 19; 20; 20; 20; 19; 20 are the ages of 10 students in this class, the average is given by = 19.5 In the hospital data that we considered in the previous class the data corresponded to the average length of stay of patients in each hospital in the survey. This means that the length of stay of all patients in a given hospital were added and the sum divided by the number of patients in that hospital. (remember Summation Notation??) 27 Average and median The median of a column of numbers is found by sorting the data, from smallest to highest, and finding the middle value in the list. If the sorted list has an odd number of elements, then the median is uniquely defined. If the sorted list has an even number of elements, the median is the mean of the two middle values. 28
15 histogram of rainfall in Guarico, Venezuela This histogram corresponds to Density median mean mm the rainfall over periods of 10 days in an area of the central plains of Venezuela. The average or mean rainfall is mm. We observe that only about 30% of the observations are above the average. Notice that this histogram is not symmetric with respect to the 29 average. The median of a histogram is the value with half the area to the left and half to the right. The median and average of a nonsymmetric histogram are DIFFERENT. histogram of rainfall in Guarico, Venezuela Density median mean mm 30
16 Histogram of dat A symmetric histogram will look like this. In this case 50% of the data are above the average. Density In a symmetric histogram the median and the average coincide. By definition the median is the 50 th percentile, although it s also useful sometimes to look at other percentiles, for example the 25 th percentile ( also called the first quartile) is the place where 1 4 of the data is to the left of that place. dat 31 Average bigger than median: long right tail Average about the same as median: symmetry Average is smaller than median: long left tail The average is very sensitive to extreme observations, so when dealing with variables like income or rainfall, that exhibit very long tails, it is preferable to use the median as a measure of centrality. The relationship between the average and the median determines the shape of the tails of a histogram. 32
17 Problem 1:According to the Department of Commerce, the mean and median price of new houses sold in the United States in mid 1988 were 141, 200 and 117, 800. Which of these numbers is the mean and which is the median? Explain your answer. Problem 2: The number of deaths from cancer in the US has risen steadily over time. In 1985, about 462,000 people died of cancer, up from deaths in A member of Congress says that these numbers show that these numbers show that no progress has been made in treating cancer. Explain how the number of people dying of cancer could increase even if treatment of the disease were improving. Then describe at least one variable that would be a more appropriate measure of the effectiveness of medical treatment for a potentially fatal disease. 33 Consider the sample A measure of size 0, 5, 8, 7, 3 How big are these five numbers? If we consider the average as a measure of size then we obtain 0.2, which is a fairly small value compared to 7. The trouble is that in the average large negative quantities cancel large positive ones. To avoid this problem we need a measure of size that disregards signs. We proceed as follows: 1. square all values 2. Calculate the average of the resulting numbers 3. Take the root of the resulting mean. This is called the root mean square size of the sample. 34
18 For the previous data set we have r.m.s. size = ( 8) ( 3) 2 ) 5 = We could have also considered the average disregarding the signs, which amounts to = 4.6 Unfortunately the mathematical properties of this way of measuring size are not as appealing as the ones of r.m.s. 35 Spread As we saw at the beginning of the lecture two samples can have the same center and be scattered along their ranges in different ways. To measure the way a sample is spread around its average we can use the standard deviation, or SD. The SD of a list of numbers measures how far away they are from their average Thus a large SD implies that many observations are far from the overall average. Most observations will be one SD from the average. Very few will be more than two SDs away. 36
19 Empirical Rule SDs are a pain to compute by hand or with a calculator, and it s easy to make mistakes when doing so, so it s good to have a simple way to roughly approximate the SD of a list of numbers by looking at its histogram. If you start at the mean and go one SD either way, you ll capture about 2 3 of the data. Roughly 95% of the observations are within two SDs of the average. Roughly 99% of the observations are within three SDs of the average. This statements are more accurate when the distribution is symmetric. 37 Generally, more data is better than less data because more data mean less uncertainty (or smaller give or take). 38
20 Empirical Rule and the Cereal Data Example Density Histogram Density Let s look back at the cereal data example, which has a mean of about 160 mg of sodium milligrams of sodium Using the empirical rule, what guess would you make for the SD? 39 Goldilocks and the Cereal Data Example If you guessed 20 mg, that would be too small, because mg ought to be about 2 3 of the data. If you guessed 100 mg, that would be too large, because mg is more than 2 3 of the data. If you guessed 80 mg, then mg ought to be about 2 3 data, and 0320mg would be about 95% of the data, which looks about just right! of the 40
21 Calculating the SD To calculate the standard deviation of a sample follow the steps: Calculate the average Calculate the list of deviations from the average by taking the difference between each datum and the average. Calculated the r.m.s. size of the resulting list. SD = r.m.s. deviation from average. Consider the list 20,10,15,15. Then average = The list of deviations is 5, 5, 0, 0. Then = 15 SD = 52 + ( 5) = Using a calculator Most scientific calculators will have a function to calculate the average and the SD of a sample. The steps needed to obtain those values vary from model to model. The important fact is that most calculators do not produce the SD as we have defined it here. They consider the sum of the squares of the deviations over the total number of data minus one. So, if you obtain the SD from your calculator (or spreadsheet), say SD, then SD = number of entries  one number of entries SD Some calculators have both, SD and SD. Please read the manual of your calculator regarding this fact. Notice that the units of SD are the same as the original data. So if the data were measured in years, SD is also in years. 42
22 Problems Problem 1: Both the following lists have the same average of 50. Which one has the smaller SD and why? (Do no computations) 1. 50,40,60,30,70,25, ,40,60,30,70,25,75,50,50,50 The second list has more entries at the average, so the SD is smaller. Repeat for the following two lists 1. 50,40,60,30,70,25, ,40,60,30,70,25,75,99,1 The second list has two wild observations, 99 and 1, which are away from the average, so the SD is larger. 43 Problem 2: Consider the list of numbers Without doing any arithmetic, guess whether the average is around 1, 5 or 10. Only three of the numbers are smaller than 1, none are bigger than 10, so the average is around Without doing any arithmetic, guess whether the SD is around 1,3 or 6. If the SD is 1, then the entries 0.6 and 9.9 are too far away from the average. The entries are too concentrated around 5 for the SD to be 6. So the 3 is the most likely value. 44
23 Problem 3: The usual method for determining heart rate is to take the pulse and count the number of beats in a given time period. The results are generally reported as beats per minute; for instance, if the time period is 15 seconds, the count is multilied by four. Take your pulse for two 15sec. periods, two 30sec. periods, and two 1minute periods. Convert the counts to beats per minute and report the results. Which procedure do you think gives the best results?? Why? 45
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