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1 Lesson 13 Main Idea Describe a data distribution by its center, spread, and overall shape. Relate the choice of center and spread to the shape of the distribution. New Vocabulary distribution symmetric Math Online glencoe.com.sp.,.sp.5.d Shape of Data Distributions PARASAILING The line plot shows the costs in dollars for parasailing for different companies on a certain beach. 1. Find the measures of central tendency. Round to the nearest tenth if necessary.. Draw a vertical line through the middle of the data. What do you notice? The distribution of a set of data shows the arrangement of data values. It can be described by its center, spread (variation), and overall shape. If the left side of a distribution looks like the right side, then the distribution is symmetric. The distribution below has a cluster of several data values within the interval 1 1. The gaps and 13 have no data values. The value 1 is a peak because it is the most frequently occurring value. Parasailing Costs (\$) Describe the Shape of a Distribution PARASAILING Refer to the line plot Parasailing Costs above. Use clusters, gaps, peaks, outliers, and symmetry to describe the The left side of the data looks like the right side, so the shape of the distribution is symmetric. There is a cluster from \$31 \$3. The distribution has a peak in the center at \$35. There are no gaps or outliers. a. SOLAR ECLIPSES Use clusters, gaps, peaks, outliers, and symmetry to describe the shape of the distribution at the right. Number of Eclipses Solar Eclipses, 1 1 :1 :31 5:1 7:31 1:1 :3 5: 7:3 1: 1:3 Duration (minutes: seconds) Lesson 13 Shape of Data Distributions 57

2 While you cannot identify gaps, peaks, and clusters in a box-andwhisker plot, you can still identify symmetry and outliers, as well as describe the shape of a data distribution. PARKS The box-andwhisker plot shows the number of visitors to a state park. Describe the shape of the distribution using symmetry and outliers. Number of Visitors to a State Park Each box and whisker has the same length. So, the data is evenly distributed. The distribution is symmetric since the left side of the data looks like the right side. There are no outliers. b. FLIGHTS The box-and-whisker plot shows the distance of several airplane flights in feet. Describe the shape of the distribution using symmetry and outliers. Distance of Flights (ft) 1, 1, 1, 1, 1,,, You can also describe the center and spread of a data distribution. The shape of the distribution tells you which measures are most appropriate. The mean and mean absolute deviation are affected by outliers, while the median and interquartile range are resistant to outliers. If there is an outlier, the distribution is not symmetric. Measures of Center and Spread Use the following flow chart to decide which measures of center and spread are most appropriate to describe a data distribution. Is the data distribution symmetric? Yes No Use the mean to describe the center. Use the mean absolute deviation to describe the spread. Use the median to describe the center. Use the interquartile range to describe the spread. 5 Domain: Statistics and Probability

3 Number of States Visited TRAVEL The line plot shows the number of states students in Elisa s social studies class have visited a. Choose the appropriate measures to describe the center and spread of the distribution. Justify your response based on the Real-World Link R In a recent year, California was the state most visited by U.S. travelers. The top three states visited were California, Florida, and Texas. The distribution is not symmetric and there is an outlier, 1. The median and interquartile range are appropriate measures to use. b. Write a few sentences describing the center and spread of the distribution using the appropriate measures. The median is 1 states. The lower quartile is 11. The upper quartile is 13. The interquartile range is 13 11, or states. The data are centered around 1 states. The spread of the data around the center is about states. c. TENNIS Choose the appropriate measures to describe the center and spread of the distribution. Justify your response based on the Then describe the center and spread. Round to the nearest tenth if necessary. 1. CONCERTS The histogram shows the wait times in minutes for entering a concert. Use clusters, gaps, peaks, outliers, and symmetry to describe the Concert Entrance Wait Times (min) Frequency Example 1 Ages of Tennis Players (yr) Wait Times (min) Example. DOGS The line plot shows the weights in pounds of several dogs. Describe the shape of the distribution using symmetry and outliers. Weights of Dogs (lb) Lesson 13 Shape of Data Distributions 5

4 Example 3 3. INTERNET The line plot shows the number of hours several students spent on the Internet during the week. a. Choose the appropriate measures to describe the center and spread of the distribution. Justify your response based on the Number of Hours Spent on the Internet b. Write a few sentences describing the center and spread of the distribution using the appropriate measures. Round to the nearest tenth if necessary. Example 1. ANIMALS The histogram shows 5. DVDS The line plot shows the the average animal speeds in prices in dollars for several DVDs. miles per hour of several animals. Use clusters, gaps, peaks, outliers, Use clusters, gaps, peaks, outliers, and symmetry to describe the and symmetry to describe the DVD Prices (\$) Average Animal Speeds Example Number of Animals Speed (miles per hour) SCHOOL The box-and-whisker plot shows the science test scores for Mrs. Everly s students. Describe the shape of the distribution using symmetry and outliers Science Test Scores (%) DONATIONS The box-andwhisker plot shows the donations in dollars to charity by several people. Describe the shape of the distribution using symmetry and outliers. Donations to Charity (\$) Domain: Statistics and Probability

6 C 1. OPEN ENDED Draw a line plot for which the median is the most appropriate measure to describe the center of the distribution. 13. CHALLENGE Explain why you cannot describe the specific location of the center and spread of the box-and-whisker plot shown using the most appropriate measures. Calories in Servings of Fruits REASONING The table gives the average lengths in millimeters of several insects. Without creating a graphical display, describe what the shape of the distribution would look like. Justify your response. Length of Insects (mm) WRITE MATH Explain how the shape of a data distribution tells you which measures are most appropriate to describe the center and spread of the distribution. Test Practice 1. Refer to the box-and-whisker plot below. Roller Coaster Speeds (mph) Which of the following statements is false? A. The distribution is symmetric. B. The distribution is not symmetric. C. The distribution has an outlier. D. The distribution has a gap of data. 17. Refer to the line plot below. Gas Mileage (miles per gallon) Which measure is the most appropriate to describe the variation (spread) of the distribution? F. interquartile range G. mean H. mean absolute deviation I. median

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