Unit 2: Distributions and Measures of Center
Text reading and homework:
Read Chapters 3 and 4 of FPP and do the following review exercises:
Chapter 3 (pages 50-55): 2, 4, 6, 9, 12
Chapter 4 (pages 74-76): 4 (see pages 37 and 39), 6, 7, 8, 10, 11
"The Median Isn't the Message", by Stephen Jay Gould, Discover,
June 1985. The article is available online at the
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Possible Essay Questions:
- Summarize the statistical issues discussed in Gould's article.
- Explain why Gould feels that his knowledge of statistics played a
major role in saving his life.
- What is the message in the article for people with a serious
- What is the message in Gould's article for people with a serious disease?