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Aresgado 2019

Chapter 1: Introduction to Statistics


 Nature of Statistics
 Division of Statistics
 Definition of Some Basic Statistical Terms
 Symbols for Parameter
 Symbols for Statistic
 Scales of Measurement of Data

Nature of Statistics

Statistics- is the science of collecting, monitoring, analyzing, summarizing, and interpreting data in
order to make decisions.

Biostatistics- tool of statistics are applied to the data that is derived from biological sciences. It can also
be defined as Statistics applied to biological (life) problems, including: public health, medicine, ecological and

Areas of Statistics

Statistics can be organized into descriptive statistics and inferential statistics.

Descriptive Statistics- consist of methods for organizing, displaying, and describing data by using
tables, graphs and summary measures.

Example: The average weight of Filipinos.

Inferential Statistics- deals with making a judgment or a conclusion about a population based on the
study of a sample that is taken from the population. The member of the sample, chosen as to be representative
of the population, consists of only a small part of the entire population. Provided the sample is taken carefully,
whatever conclusions are made about the sample may also be considered true of the entire population.

Example: Citrus extracts mixed with cucumber extracts can repel and kill fire ants.

Definition of Some Basic Statistical Terms

The following are basic terms commonly used in Statistics:

 Variable- characteristics under study. It may assume any set of values. It is denoted by any capital
letters in English alphabet.
Example: height, weight, scores etc.
 Constant- is a quantity that does not change its value.
Example: The Greek alphabet pi (π) is a constant because its only value is 3.1415…
 Data- consists of information coming from observations, interviews, counts, measurements, or
responses from a variable.
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Example: Those found in experiment, survey, records and other modes of research.
 Ungrouped or Raw data- are data which are not organized in any specific way. They are simple the
collection of data as they are gathered.
Example: The raw height of students.
 Grouped data- are raw data organized into groups or categories with corresponding frequencies.
Example: The frequency distribution table.
 Population- is the totality or set of all individuals or entities under consideration or study. It does not
necessarily mean collection of people. It can be people or item whose characteristics are being studied.
The population being studied is called target population. Unless a population is small, it is usually
impractical to obtain all population data.
Example: All midwives in the Philippines.
 Sample- is a representative set of observations that reflects the characteristics of the population. It is
part of the population or a sub-collection of elements drawn from a population.
Example: Midwives of Occidental Mindoro.
 Parameter- numerical description of the characteristics of population.
Example: the Population Mean and the Population Standard Deviation.
 Statistic- numerical description of the characteristics of sample.
Example: Sample Mean and Sample Standard Deviation. TIP: Use the mnemonic device of matching
of first letters: Population-parameters Sample-statistic


Population size N (capital letter N)
Population mean Μ (mu)
Population standard deviation σ (sigma)
Population variance σ2 (sigma squared)
Population coefficient of correlation ρ (rho)
Sample size n (small letter)
Sample mean 𝑥̅ (x bar)
Sample standard deviation s (small letter s)
Sample variance S2 (s squared)
Sample coefficient of correlation r (small letter r)
Table 1. Symbols

Classification/Types of variables

1. Quantitative variable- A variable that can be measured numerically is called a quantitative variable. Data
collected from a Q.V. are quantitative data.
Example: height, weight, age, test score, speed and body temperature
2. Qualitative or Categorical variable- Variables that cannot be measured numerically, but can be divided into
different categories. The data collected about such are called quantitative data.
Example: sex, birthplace, eye color, religious preferences and marital status.
Note: There are times that a variable can be expressed both quantitatively and qualitatively. The grades in
school can be expressed in numbers and letters.
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Quantitative variables are further classified as either discrete or continuous.

1. Discrete Variables- a variable who’s values are countable. Can assume exact or with no middle value.
Example: Number of cars sold must be 0, 1, 2, 3. Number of cars sold cannot be between 0 and 1.
2. Continuous variable- A variable that can assume any numerical value over a certain range and we
cannot use natural numbers over these values.
Example: between 5 to 20 seconds, time taken for a banker to serve a customer.

Variable Continuous

Figure 1. Types of Variables

Levels/Scales of measurement of Data

The level of measurement determines which statistical calculations are meaningful. In order from highest to
1. Nominal
2. Ordinal
3. Interval
4. Ratio
1. Nominal level of measurement: Qualitative data only! Data at this level are categorized using names,
labels, or qualities, only for identification purposes. No mathematical computations can be made at
this level.
Example: gender, race, hypertensive etc.
2. Ordinal level of measurement: Data can be qualitative or quantitative. Data can be arranged in order,
but differences between data entries are not meaningful.
Example: light, moderate, heavy smoker
3. Interval level of measurement: Quantitative data. Data that can be ranked and you can calculate
meaningful differences between data entries. At interval level zero represents a position on the scale,
the entry is not an inherent zero. Not inherent Zero indicates only a position.
Example: A temperature of zero degrees Celsius does not mean zero heat, it only indicates a position of
Celsius scale.
4. Ratio level of measurement: Similar to the data at interval level, with the added property that a zero
entry is an inherent zero. Inherent zero is a zero that implies none.
Example: The amount of money you have in a savings account could be zero dollars. In this case it
means zero money.
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Figure 2. Summary of Data Measurement


Direction: In two to four sentences, explain the following. Be guided by the rubric.
Area 3 2 1
Content The explanation is One to two statements in Three or more
clear and correctly the explanation is/are statements in the
stated. incorrect. explanation are
Direction The direction was One or two thing/s in the Three or more things in
followed. direction was/were not the direction were not
followed. followed.
Table 2. Rubric
Total 1: ____/6
Total 2: ____/6

1. How is a sample is related to a population?

2. Why sample is used more often than population?

Direction: For items 3-10, write T if it is true and write F if it is false on the space provided before each
3. _____ A statistic is a measure that describe a population characteristics.
4. _____A sample is a subset of a population.
5. _____ Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) collects all the census data about the population of the
6. _____ Data at the nominal level are qualitative only.
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7. _____ For data at the ratio level, zero entries represents position only and are not inherent zeroes.
8. _____ Data at the ordinal level are quantitative only.
9. _____ For data at the interval level, you cannot calculate meaningful differences between data entries.
10._____ Inferential statistics involves using a population to draw a conclusion about a corresponding sample.

Direction: For items 11-14, determine whether the data set is a population or a sample. Write your answer on
the space provided before each number.
11. __________ The age of each province governor.
12. __________ The speed of every fifth motorcycle passing the market.
13. __________ A survey for 500 students for the main campus with 5000 population.
14. __________ The annual salary of each employee at a company.

Direction: For items 15-18, answer whether the data in each number is qualitative or quantitative. Write your
answer on the space provided before each number.

15. __________The telephone numbers in a numerical company.

16. __________The daily temperatures for the month of June.
17. __________The percentage scores of BSM in the quiz.
18. __________The player numbers in the basketball team.

Direction: For items 19-21, distinguish between statistic and parameter. Write your answer on the space
provided before each number.
19. __________The average grade of 5 of the 14 students is 85.
20.__________In survey of a sample of high school students 43% said that they love Math.
21. __________ In 1997 the interest category for 12% of all new magazines was sports.

Direction: For items, 22-25, classify the data below whether it is nominal, ordinal, interval or ratio. Write your
answer on the space provided before each number.
22. _________The top 3 best midwives of 2017.
1. Marween
2. Mark
3. Dem
23. __________The four subjects of midwifery.
1. Biostat
2. Physics
3. Microbiology and Parasitology
4. Anatomy

24. __________ The length in inches of Bangus caught in Occidental Mindoro.

1. 5 inches
2. 7 inches
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3. 9 inches
4. 10 inches
25. __________The distance a vehicle travelled.
1. 1-2 kilometers
2. 3-4 kilometers
3. 5-6 kilometers

Total score: _______

Instructor’s signature: _______

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Chapter 2: Collection, Organization and Presentation of Data


 Sources of data
 Types of data
 Methods of collecting data
 Determining sample size
 Sampling techniques
 Methods of presenting data
 Different kinds of graphs/charts

Sources of Data

There are two sources of obtaining data. One is called primary source from which first-hand
information is obtained usually by means of personal interview and actual observation. On the other hand, the
secondary source, of information is taken from other’s works, news reports, reading, and those that are kept by
the Philippine Statistics Authority, Securities and Exchange Commission and other government agencies.

Types of Data

1. Primary- gathered directly from the source, based on direct or first-hand experience.
Examples: first person accounts, autobiographies, diaries etc.
2. Secondary- information which are taken from published or unpublished data which were previously
gathered by other individuals or agencies.
Examples: magazines, published books business reports etc.

Methods of Collecting Data

1. Direct or interview method: Person to person exchange between the interviewer and the interviewee.
Provides consistent and more precise information since clarification may be given by the interviewee.
Questions may be repeated or modified to suit the interviewee’s level of understanding.
2. Indirect or questionnaire method: Written responses are given to prepared questions. Questionnaires
may be mailed or hand-carried.
Advantage: This method is inexpensive and can cover a wide area in a shorter span of time. Informers
may feel sense of freedom to express opinions because greater anonymity is maintained.
Disadvantage: Strong probability of non-response especially if mailed. Questions not understood may
probably not answered well.
3. The registration method: Enforced by certain law. Examples: births, death, motor vehicles, marriages,
license etc.
Advantage: Made systematized and readily available.
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4. The observation method: Investigator observes the behavior of persons or organizations and their
outcomes. It is usually when the subject cannot talk or write. The method makes possible the recording
of behavior at the appropriate time and situation.
5. The experiment method: Used when the objective is to determine the cause and effect relationship of
certain phenomena under controlled condition. Scientific researchers usually use this method.
6. Simulation: Use of mathematical or physical model to reproduce the condition of a situation or a
process. Collecting data often used computers. Allows studying situations that are impractical or even
dangerous to create in real life and often times saves time and money. Examples: medicine makers use
animals to see the effectivity of a drug.

Determining Sample Size

Sloven’s formula is frequently used for estimating the sample size as representative population.

Population Margin of error of Sample size (n) per Error (e) of:
+/- 1% +/- 2% +/- 3% +/- 4% +/- 5% +/-

500 * * * * 222 83

1,500 * * 638 441 316 94

2,500 * 1.250 769 500 345 96

3,000 * 1,364 811 517 353 97

4,000 * 1,538 870 541 364 98

5,000 * 1,667 909 556 370 98

6,000 * 1,765 938 566 375 98

7,000 * 1,842 959 574 378 99

8,000 * 1,905 976 580 381 99

9,000 * 1,957 989 584 383 99

10,000 5,000 2,000 1,000 588 385 99

50,000 8,333 2,381 1,087 617 397 100

Table 3. Sample Size for Specified Margin of Errors

Note: on the case with asterisk (*) the assumption of normal approximation is poor and the sample size formula
does not apply.

It can be computed by applying Sloven’s formula: 𝑛 = 𝑁/ (1+𝑁𝑒2)

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n= samples size

N= population size

e= desired margin of error (percent allowance for non-precision because of the use of sample instead of
population). Remember that the larger the size of the sample, the closer its characteristics would be to the
characteristics of the entire population, so the ideal margin of error to use is 3%.


Task: Determine the sample size if the population is 5,000 with 3% margin of error.

Solution: sample size (n) = 5,000/(1+ (5,000 x .032)

= 5,000/(1+ (4.5)

= 5,000/5.5

=909.09 or 909 look that it is the same answer as the table above

Other Way in Determining Sample Size

Gay (1976) offers some minimum acceptable sizes depending on the type of research:

1. Descriptive research- 10% of the population. For smaller population minimum of 20 percent may be
2. Correlational research- 30 subjects.
3. Experimental research- 15 subjects per group.
4. Ex post facto/causal comparative- 15 subjects per group.

Sampling techniques

Sampling involves selecting a number of units from a defined population. A sample will be
representative of the population if all members of the population have an equal chance of being picked.

Two Broad Divisions:

1. Non-probability sampling techniques

2. Probability sampling techniques

1. Non-probability sampling techniques: involve no random selection (unrepresentative of the given

population). Inappropriate if the aim is to measure variables and generalize findings obtained from a
sample to the population.
 Quota sampling- is a method that ensures that a certain number of sample units from different
categories with specific characteristics are presented. In this method, the investigator interviews
as many people in each category of study unit as he can find until he has filled his quota.
Example: 5 nurses, 5 midwives and 5 teachers
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 Convenience sampling- Consist only of the available people during the process of data
Example: Survey the students who come to class early. Often leads to biased studies and not
2. Probability sampling techniques: involve random selection procedures. All units of the population
should have an equal or at least a known chance of being included in the sample. Generalization is
possible from sample to population.
 Simple Random Sampling (SRS)- Method of selecting the sample size (n) from the universe
(N) equal chance of being in the sample. Pre-requisite is the complete listing of the units of
population, provides researcher list where he would randomly pick. Method used by raffle
Method of SRS:
1. Lottery/Fishbowl sampling- done by simply writing the names or the numbers of all the
members of the population in small rolled pieces of papers which are later placed in a container
where it will be drawn.
2. Table of random numbers- used if the population is large enough. Close your eyes and point
at an entry in the table proceed in any direction until you reach the sample size.
 Systematic sampling- allows chance and system in selecting. Each member of the population is
assigned a number. A starting number is randomly selected and then every kth (example: every
3rd, 5th, 100th or 1000th is selected. If N is known, k value can be calculated as: k=N/n
 Stratified sampling- Members of the population are separated into groups with similar
characteristics such as age, gender, or ethnicity. Then random sample is selected from each of the
Types of Stratified Sampling:
1. Simple stratified random sampling- taking equal number of elements from each stratum.
Population Sample
4th year 85 50
3 year 200 50
2 year 215 50
1st year 200 50
TOTAL N=800 n=200
Table 4. Simple Stratified Random Sampling
2. Stratified proportional random sampling- considers the proportion of the subgroups.
Population Proportion Sample
4th year 85 .23 46
3 year 200 .25 50
2nd year 215 .27 54
1 year 200 .25 50
TOTAL N=800 1.00 200
Table 5. Stratified Proportional Random Sampling
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Methods of presenting data

1. Textual form- The textual method involves the data being written in words, although other symbols and
even numerals are allowed.

Figure 3. Textual form

2. Tabular form- The tabular method involves the use of a table in presenting data. The table is consisting
of number of columns with headings and several rows of figures. Usually the basic columns are those of
category, quantity and percentage.

Figure 4. Tabular form

Naming the table:

 Tables are named numerically, e.g. Table 1, Table 2, etc.

 This serves as the identification of the table and for the ease in referring.
 The table’s name is accompanied by a title. The titles of old styles are usually done in title case.
e.g. The Relationship Between Academic Performance and Years of Service
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 In the current trend, table titles are often in sentence case.

e.g. The relationship between academic performance and years of service.
3. Graphical form- Usually goes together with the tabular presentation of data. As an aid in the analysis of
data graphs are a big help because at a glance, one is able to see the immediately the trend and relative
differences between quantities which are not easily seen when data are just presented in tabular form.

Types of graphs:

1. The bar graph-The bar graph consists of a series of bars against a plot. This is used for comparison of
data per category.
2. The line graph-The line graph consists of a series of points against a plot connected by line segments.
This is used for denoting progression.
3. The pie chart/circle graph-The pie chart, as the name implies, is in the form of a pie. It is often used to
represent data and its relationship to a whole.
4. The histogram-Is a sequence of touching vertical rectangles. Its height is drawn corresponding to its
5. The frequency polygon-Is constructed using the midpoints of a histogram.
6. Pictograph -Visual representation by means of drawing pictures or symbols related to the subject under
study. Legends are sometimes used to represent magnitude of a single unit of the picture then repetitions
of this picture are drawn to indicate differences in quantity.


Task: Perform an actual collection, organization and presentation of data. This is an application of what
you have learned.
1. Find a partner in the class, someone that you can contact and you can work with.
2. Choose a target group, for example a group of midwives in an office, a group of students in a class,
medical practitioners in an area, people in your work, etc. Do not choose a group with population that is
more than 500 (only on this activity) it will be laborious on your part. Be sure to choose the office or
group that will be easy for you to connect with.
3. Compose a communication letter (if ever needed) requesting the concerned official/head to allow you to
get the names of the members and to conduct a very simple interview. If the official/head granted your
request proceed to step four. If official/head denied your request, look for another target group.
4. Once you already have the approval of the official/head, determine the actual number of the heads of the
5. Using the Sloven’s formula, compute for the number of your sample. Any margin of error is allowed
(margin of error can be any value from 1 to 10%).
6. When you already have a sample, apply any sampling technique that you have learned from the previous
pages whether convenience sampling, lottery etc. For example, I have to get a total of 83 samples from
500 individuals in a population (10% margin of error) and I prefer using lottery method. What I will do
is to write/type the 500 names of the population and pick only 83 of them. The 83 names that I picked
will be my sample.
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7. For the steps 1-6, do not use any paper write the information in the Learning Check Form 1 (attached).
8. Using the Interview Questionnaire Number 1 (attached) get information about your sample. You are
free to change the question from simply asking “what is the age?” into “how many years they have
been working in their job?” or anything that you want.
9. The result of the interview will be used in the activity for the next chapter.

Learning Check Form 1

1. Name of students:
Student 1: _________________________________________________________________
Student 2: _________________________________________________________________

2. Name/Office/Organization of the target population:


3. Actual number of the target population: _____________________________________________________

4. Desired margin of error: ____%

Note: Use the box to show the solution in computing for the sample size using the Sloven’s formula.

5. Name of the sampling technique applied:_____________________________________________________

Explain in not more than eight sentences the process on how you did the sampling.

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Interview Questionnaire Number 1

Interview questions:
1. Mam/Sir as part of our course requirements in Biostat, can I interview you for a short period of time?
Note: If the interviewee answered yes, proceed to question number two. If the interviewee answered no,
say thank you and look for another respondent.
2. Mam/Sir what is your name and how old are you? Say thank you after the interview.

Name Age Name Age

1. 31.
2. 32.
3. 33.
4. 34,
5. 35.
6. 36.
7. 37.
8. 38.
9. 39.
10. 40.
11. 41.
12. 42.
13. 43.
14. 44.
15. 45.
16. 46.
17. 47.
18. 48.
19. 49.
20. 50.
21. 51.
22. 52.
23. 53.
24. 54.
25. 55.
26. 56.
27. 57.
28. 58.
29. 59.
30. 60.

Note: If you have more than 60 samples you may write the other data in a separate paper and attach that here.
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Chapter 3 Frequency Distribution


 Parts of the Frequency Table

 Steps in Constructing a Frequency Distribution Table

After knowing the different sampling techniques and how to collect data, we must give more meaning to
it. In this chapter, we will consider the tabular presentation through frequency distribution.

A Frequency Distribution is a tabulation of grouping data into appropriate categories showing the
number of observations in each group or category.

Parts of Frequency Distribution Table

1. Class Limit
Groupings or categories defined by lower and upper limits.
71 - 75
Lower Class Upper Class
76 - 80
Limit Limit
81 - 85
Table 6. Class Limit
2. Class Width/Size
It is the width of each class interval.

Lower Upper
Limit Limit
71 75 Class Size-5
76 80
81 85
Table 7. Class Width/Size
3. Class Boundaries

The numbers used to separate class but without gaps created by class limits. The number to be
subtracted or added is half the difference between the upper limit of one class and the lower limit of the
next class.


Class Intervals Class Boundaries

Lower Upper Lower Class Upper Class
Limit limit Boundary Boundary
71 - 75 70.5 - 75.5
76 - 80 75.5 - 80.5
81 - 85 80.5 - 85.5
Table 8. Class Boundaries
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4. Class Marks/Midpoint

These are the midpoints of the lower and upper class limits. They can be found by adding the lower and
upper limits and then divide by two.

Class Interval Class Mark Step
71-75 73 71+75/2=73
76-80 78 76+80/2=78
81-85 83 81+85/2=83
Table 9. Class Marks/Midpoint

Steps in Constructing a Frequency Distribution Table

Supposed that patients in a hospital for a particular day were interviewed about their ages and the data
are put in a table. We will be using the data below to show the steps in constructing a frequency distribution

3 16 14 15 13 14 9 17 16 21
4 13 16 23 12 8 10 21 13 14
6 12 10 13 23 5 20 7 13 18
21 10 14 8 15 14 16 17 17 17
21 11 12 9 21 9 12 6 11 12
Table 10. Ages of Patients in a Hospital
Step 1: Find the range of the values. Range is highest value minus lowest value. Look at the table above, you
will see that the highest value of age is 23 and lowest value of age is 3.
Example: range (R) =23-3
Therefore the range (R) is 20
Step 2: Determine the class size/class width by dividing the range by the desired number of groupings/class
intervals. Take note of the term “your desired”. Let say for example, I want to group the ages of the
hospital patients above into five groups/class intervals, and then what I have to do is this: class size/class
width =20/5. Therefore the class size/class width is 4.

There is a more systematic way of computing the number of groupings/class intervals rather than simply
deciding on your own how many groups you want. This is through the use of the Sturge’s formula,
K=1+3.3 log n
K=is the number of class interval.
n=total number of observations.
In the data above, there is a total of 50 ages gathered, that will serve as the n.
K=1+3.3 log (50)
K=1+3.3 (1.69897)
K≈7 (approximately 7 class intervals)
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The K or the number of groupings/class intervals was obtained not by simply deciding by your own, but
through systematic computation. Just remember that any of the two, whether you simply decide the number of
groupings/class intervals or you apply the Sturge’s formula both are accepted.
groupings/class intervals (C) =20/7
groupings/class intervals (C) =2.857
groupings/class intervals (C) ≈3 (approximately 3 class width/size)

Step 3: Set up the class limits of each class. The limits of each class are defined by a lower limit and an upper
limit. The highest observed value should be part of the highest class interval while the lowest observed
value should be part of the lowest class interval. Use lowest score as the lowest lower limit. If you are
asking what the class limit is, go back to the previous page and see Parts of Frequency Distribution
Table number labeled Table 6.

Note: Sometimes the number of classes (k) is not followed. An extra class will be added to accommodate the
highest observed value in the data set a class will be deleted if it turns out to be empty.

Step 4: Set up the class boundaries. These are defined by a lower class boundary and an upper class boundary.
If you are asking what the class boundary is, go back to the previous page and see Parts of Frequency
Distribution Table labelled Table 8.Class boundary is obtained by considering the following formula.
Lower Class Boundary=lower limit minus .5
Upper Class Boundary=upper limit plus .5
Step 5: Tally the scores in each class to obtain the frequency (f).
Step 6: Solve the class mark/midpoint (X) of each class. This obtained by adding the lower class limit and
upper class limit, then divide by 2. If you are asking what the class mark/midpoint, go back to the
previous page and see Parts of Frequency Distribution Table labelled Table 9.

Summary of Examples:

The steps of constructing a frequency distribution using the data in the “Table 10. Ages of Patients in a
Hospital” is summarized below.

Class Interval Class Boundaries Tally Frequency (f) Class

mark/Midpoint (X)
3-5 2.5-5.5 III 3 4
6-8 5.5-8.5 IIII 5 7
9-11 8.5-11.5 IIII-III 8 10
12-14 11.5-14.5 IIII- IIII- IIII 15 13
15-17 14.5-17.5 IIII- IIII 10 16
18-20 17.5-20.5 II 2 19
21-23 20.5-23.5 IIII 7 22
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Direction: Using the data from the interview that you have conducted, make a frequency distribution table.

Class Interval Class Boundaries Tally Frequency (f) Class

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Chapter 4 Measures of Central Tendency


 Summation Notation
 Simple Arithmetic Mean
 Weighted Arithmetic Mean
 Median
 Mode

What is Central Tendency?

A score that indicates where the center of the distribution tends to be located. It is also called a value
that can be made to represent all the values of terms in a group.

Prerequisite to the skills of computing for that value is the knowledge on summation notation that is
why we will be dealing with it first.

What is summation notation?

Often mathematical formulae/formulas require the addition of many variables Summation or sigma
notation is a convenient and simple form of shorthand used to give a concise expression for a sum of the values
of a variable.

Summation notation involves:

1. The Summation Sign

This appears as the symbol, , which is the Greek upper case letter,  (Sigma). The summation sign
( instructs us to sum the elements of a sequence. A typical element of the sequence which is being summed
appears to the right of the summation sign.

2. The Variable of Summation, i.e. the variable which is being summed

The variable of summation is represented by an index which is placed beneath the summation sign. The
index is often represented by i. The index appears as the expression i = 1. The index assumes values starting
with the value on the right hand side of the equation and ending with the value above the summation sign.

3. The Starting Point for the Summation or the Lower Limit of Summation

4. The Stopping Point for the Summation or the Upper Limit of Summation

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Some typical examples of summation

This expression means sum the values of x, starting at x1 and ending with xn.

This expression means sum the values of x, starting at x3 and ending with x10.

This expression means sum the squared values of x, starting at x1 and ending with xn.


Direction: Solve for the following. Refer to the data in the table 11.

i xi
1 1
2 2
3 3
4 4
Table 11. Data

1. Find

2. Find

Simple Arithmetic Mean

When calculating the arithmetic mean, the importance of all the items is considered to be equal. The
arithmetic mean of a set of data is found by taking the sum of the data, and then dividing the sum by the total
number of values in the set. A mean is commonly referred to as an average. It is also the simplest and most
widely used measure of a mean.
Lecture Guide in Statistics for Biology Property of: Leo M. Aresgado 2019

The simple arithmetic mean is computed by using the following formula:

Find the mean driving speed for 6 different cars on the same highway.
 Data: 66 mph, 57 mph, 71 mph, 54 mph, 69 mph, 58 mph
 Solution: 66 + 57 + 71 + 54 + 69 + 58 = 375 ÷ 6 = 62.5
 Answer: The mean driving speed is 62.5 mph.

Common Use of Arithmetic Mean

In research, the same thing that you will do in your thesis, arithmetic mean is commonly employed in
pre-test and post-test results.


Direction: Solve for the following. Use the boxes for your answer.
1. A marathon race was completed by 5 participants in the times given below. What is the mean race time
for this marathon?
Data: 2.7 hr, 8.3 hr, 3.5 hr, 5.1 hr, 4.9 hr

2. The hourly wage (in pesos) of 5 midwives in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro is shown below. Find their
average hourly wage.
Data: 150, 200, 300, 250, 180