Descriptive Statistics
Histograms, Frequency Polygons, and Time Series Graphs
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For most of the work you do in this book, you will use a histogram to display the data. One advantage of a histogram is that it can readily display large data sets. A rule of thumb is to use a histogram when the data set consists of 100 values or more.
A histogram consists of contiguous (adjoining) boxes. It has both a horizontal axis and a vertical axis. The horizontal axis is labeled with what the data represents (for instance, distance from your home to school). The vertical axis is labeled either frequency or relative frequency (or percent frequency or probability). The graph will have the same shape with either label. The histogram (like the stemplot) can give you the shape of the data, the center, and the spread of the data.
The relative frequency is equal to the frequency for an observed value of the data divided by the total number of data values in the sample.(Remember, frequency is defined as the number of times an answer occurs.) If:
 f = frequency
 n = total number of data values (or the sum of the individual frequencies), and
 RF = relative frequency,
then:
For example, if three students in Mr. Ahab’s English class of 40 students received from 90% to 100%, then, <!–<newline count=”1″/>–>f = 3, n = 40, and RF = = = 0.075. 7.5% of the students received 90–100%. 90–100% are quantitative measures.
To construct a histogram, first decide how many bars or intervals, also called classes, represent the data. Many histograms consist of five to 15 bars or classes for clarity. The number of bars needs to be chosen. Choose a starting point for the first interval to be less than the smallest data value. A convenient starting point is a lower value carried out to one more decimal place than the value with the most decimal places. For example, if the value with the most decimal places is 6.1 and this is the smallest value, a convenient starting point is 6.05 (6.1 – 0.05 = 6.05). We say that 6.05 has more precision. If the value with the most decimal places is 2.23 and the lowest value is 1.5, a convenient starting point is 1.495 (1.5 – 0.005 = 1.495). If the value with the most decimal places is 3.234 and the lowest value is 1.0, a convenient starting point is 0.9995 (1.0 – 0.0005 = 0.9995). If all the data happen to be integers and the smallest value is two, then a convenient starting point is 1.5 (2 – 0.5 = 1.5). Also, when the starting point and other boundaries are carried to one additional decimal place, no data value will fall on a boundary. The next two examples go into detail about how to construct a histogram using continuous data and how to create a histogram using discrete data.
The following data are the heights (in inches to the nearest half inch) of 100 male semiprofessional soccer players. The heights are continuous data, since height is measured.
60; 60.5; 61; 61; 61.5
63.5; 63.5; 63.5
64; 64; 64; 64; 64; 64; 64; 64.5; 64.5; 64.5; 64.5; 64.5; 64.5; 64.5; 64.5
66; 66; 66; 66; 66; 66; 66; 66; 66; 66; 66.5; 66.5; 66.5; 66.5; 66.5; 66.5; 66.5; 66.5; 66.5; 66.5; 66.5; 67; 67; 67; 67; 67; 67; 67; 67; 67; 67; 67; 67; 67.5; 67.5; 67.5; 67.5; 67.5; 67.5; 67.5
68; 68; 69; 69; 69; 69; 69; 69; 69; 69; 69; 69; 69.5; 69.5; 69.5; 69.5; 69.5
70; 70; 70; 70; 70; 70; 70.5; 70.5; 70.5; 71; 71; 71
72; 72; 72; 72.5; 72.5; 73; 73.5
74
The smallest data value is 60. Since the data with the most decimal places has one decimal (for instance, 61.5), we want our starting point to have two decimal places. Since the numbers 0.5, 0.05, 0.005, etc. are convenient numbers, use 0.05 and subtract it from 60, the smallest value, for the convenient starting point.
60 – 0.05 = 59.95 which is more precise than, say, 61.5 by one decimal place. The starting point is, then, 59.95.
The largest value is 74, so 74 + 0.05 = 74.05 is the ending value.
Next, calculate the width of each bar or class interval. To calculate this width, subtract the starting point from the ending value and divide by the number of bars (you must choose the number of bars you desire). Suppose you choose eight bars.
We will round up to two and make each bar or class interval two units wide. Rounding up to two is one way to prevent a value from falling on a boundary. Rounding to the next number is often necessary even if it goes against the standard rules of rounding. For this example, using 1.76 as the width would also work. A guideline that is followed by some for the width of a bar or class interval is to take the square root of the number of data values and then round to the nearest whole number, if necessary. For example, if there are 150 values of data, take the square root of 150 and round to 12 bars or intervals.
The boundaries are:
 59.95
 59.95 + 2 = 61.95
 61.95 + 2 = 63.95
 63.95 + 2 = 65.95
 65.95 + 2 = 67.95
 67.95 + 2 = 69.95
 69.95 + 2 = 71.95
 71.95 + 2 = 73.95
 73.95 + 2 = 75.95
The heights 60 through 61.5 inches are in the interval 59.95–61.95. The heights that are 63.5 are in the interval 61.95–63.95. The heights that are 64 through 64.5 are in the interval 63.95–65.95. The heights 66 through 67.5 are in the interval 65.95–67.95. The heights 68 through 69.5 are in the interval 67.95–69.95. The heights 70 through 71 are in the interval 69.95–71.95. The heights 72 through 73.5 are in the interval 71.95–73.95. The height 74 is in the interval 73.95–75.95.
The following histogram displays the heights on the xaxis and relative frequency on the yaxis.
The following data are the shoe sizes of 50 male students. The sizes are continuous data since shoe size is measured. Construct a histogram and calculate the width of each bar or class interval. Suppose you choose six bars.
9; 9; 9.5; 9.5; 10; 10; 10; 10; 10; 10; 10.5; 10.5; 10.5; 10.5; 10.5; 10.5; 10.5; 10.5
11; 11; 11; 11; 11; 11; 11; 11; 11; 11; 11; 11; 11; 11.5; 11.5; 11.5; 11.5; 11.5; 11.5; 11.5
12; 12; 12; 12; 12; 12; 12; 12.5; 12.5; 12.5; 12.5; 14
Smallest value: 9
Largest value: 14
Convenient starting value: 9 – 0.05 = 8.95
Convenient ending value: 14 + 0.05 = 14.05
The calculations suggests using 0.85 as the width of each bar or class interval. You can also use an interval with a width equal to one.
The following data are the number of books bought by 50 parttime college students at ABC College. The number of books is discrete data, since books are counted.
1; 1; 1; 1; 1; 1; 1; 1; 1; 1; 1
2; 2; 2; 2; 2; 2; 2; 2; 2; 2
3; 3; 3; 3; 3; 3; 3; 3; 3; 3; 3; 3; 3; 3; 3; 3
4; 4; 4; 4; 4; 4
5; 5; 5; 5; 5
6; 6
Eleven students buy one book. Ten students buy two books. Sixteen students buy three books. Six students buy four books. Five students buy five books. Two students buy six books.
Because the data are integers, subtract 0.5 from 1, the smallest data value and add 0.5 to 6, the largest data value. Then the starting point is 0.5 and the ending value is 6.5.
Next, calculate the width of each bar or class interval. If the data are discrete and there are not too many different values, a width that places the data values in the middle of the bar or class interval is the most convenient. Since the data consist of the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and the starting point is 0.5, a width of one places the 1 in the middle of the interval from 0.5 to 1.5, the 2 in the middle of the interval from 1.5 to 2.5, the 3 in the middle of the interval from 2.5 to 3.5, the 4 in the middle of the interval from _______ to _______, the 5 in the middle of the interval from _______ to _______, and the _______ in the middle of the interval from _______ to _______ .
 3.5 to 4.5
 4.5 to 5.5
 6
 5.5 to 6.5
Calculate the number of bars as follows:
where 1 is the width of a bar. Therefore, bars = 6.
The following histogram displays the number of books on the xaxis and the frequency on the yaxis.
Go to [link]. There are calculator instructions for entering data and for creating a customized histogram. Create the histogram for [link].
 Press Y=. Press CLEAR to delete any equations.
 Press STAT 1:EDIT. If L1 has data in it, arrow up into the name L1, press CLEAR and then arrow down. If necessary, do the same for L2.
 Into L1, enter 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
 Into L2, enter 11, 10, 16, 6, 5, 2.
 Press WINDOW. Set Xmin = .5, Xscl = (6.5 – .5)/6, Ymin = –1, Ymax = 20, Yscl = 1, Xres = 1.
 Press 2^{nd} Y=. Start by pressing 4:Plotsoff ENTER.
 Press 2^{nd} Y=. Press 1:Plot1. Press ENTER. Arrow down to TYPE. Arrow to the 3^{rd} picture (histogram). Press ENTER.
 Arrow down to Xlist: Enter L1 (2^{nd} 1). Arrow down to Freq. Enter L2 (2^{nd} 2).
 Press GRAPH.
 Use the TRACE key and the arrow keys to examine the histogram.
The following data are the number of sports played by 50 student athletes. The number of sports is discrete data since sports are counted.
1; 1; 1; 1; 1; 1; 1; 1; 1; 1; 1; 1; 1; 1; 1; 1; 1; 1; 1; 1
2; 2; 2; 2; 2; 2; 2; 2; 2; 2; 2; 2; 2; 2; 2; 2; 2; 2; 2; 2; 2; 2
3; 3; 3; 3; 3; 3; 3; 3
20 student athletes play one sport. 22 student athletes play two sports. Eight student athletes play three sports.
Fill in the blanks for the following sentence. Since the data consist of the numbers 1, 2, 3, and the starting point is 0.5, a width of one places the 1 in the middle of the interval 0.5 to _____, the 2 in the middle of the interval from _____ to _____, and the 3 in the middle of the interval from _____ to _____.
1.5
1.5 to 2.5
2.5 to 3.5
Using this data set, construct a histogram.
Number of Hours My Classmates Spent Playing Video Games on Weekends  

9.95  10  2.25  16.75  0 
19.5  22.5  7.5  15  12.75 
5.5  11  10  20.75  17.5 
23  21.9  24  23.75  18 
20  15  22.9  18.8  20.5 
Some values in this data set fall on boundaries for the class intervals. A value is counted in a class interval if it falls on the left boundary, but not if it falls on the right boundary. Different researchers may set up histograms for the same data in different ways. There is more than one correct way to set up a histogram.
The following data represent the number of employees at various restaurants in New York City. Using this data, create a histogram.
223515264028182025343942242219272234402038and 28
Use 10–19 as the first interval.
Count the money (bills and change) in your pocket or purse. Your instructor will record the amounts. As a class, construct a histogram displaying the data. Discuss how many intervals you think is appropriate. You may want to experiment with the number of intervals.
Frequency Polygons
Frequency polygons are analogous to line graphs, and just as line graphs make continuous data visually easy to interpret, so too do frequency polygons.
To construct a frequency polygon, first examine the data and decide on the number of intervals, or class intervals, to use on the xaxis and yaxis. After choosing the appropriate ranges, begin plotting the data points. After all the points are plotted, draw line segments to connect them.
A frequency polygon was constructed from the frequency table below.
Frequency Distribution for Calculus Final Test Scores  

Lower Bound  Upper Bound  Frequency  Cumulative Frequency 
49.5  59.5  5  5 
59.5  69.5  10  15 
69.5  79.5  30  45 
79.5  89.5  40  85 
89.5  99.5  15  100 
The first label on the xaxis is 44.5. This represents an interval extending from 39.5 to 49.5. Since the lowest test score is 54.5, this interval is used only to allow the graph to touch the xaxis. The point labeled 54.5 represents the next interval, or the first “real” interval from the table, and contains five scores. This reasoning is followed for each of the remaining intervals with the point 104.5 representing the interval from 99.5 to 109.5. Again, this interval contains no data and is only used so that the graph will touch the xaxis. Looking at the graph, we say that this distribution is skewed because one side of the graph does not mirror the other side.
Construct a frequency polygon of U.S. Presidents’ ages at inauguration shown in [link].
Age at Inauguration  Frequency 

41.5–46.5  4 
46.5–51.5  11 
51.5–56.5  14 
56.5–61.5  9 
61.5–66.5  4 
66.5–71.5  2 
The first label on the xaxis is 39. This represents an interval extending from 36.5 to 41.5. Since there are no ages less than 41.5, this interval is used only to allow the graph to touch the xaxis. The point labeled 44 represents the next interval, or the first “real” interval from the table, and contains four scores. This reasoning is followed for each of the remaining intervals with the point 74 representing the interval from 71.5 to 76.5. Again, this interval contains no data and is only used so that the graph will touch the xaxis. Looking at the graph, we say that this distribution is skewed because one side of the graph does not mirror the other side.
Frequency polygons are useful for comparing distributions. This is achieved by overlaying the frequency polygons drawn for different data sets.
We will construct an overlay frequency polygon comparing the scores from [link] with the students’ final numeric grade.
Frequency Distribution for Calculus Final Test Scores  

Lower Bound  Upper Bound  Frequency  Cumulative Frequency 
49.5  59.5  5  5 
59.5  69.5  10  15 
69.5  79.5  30  45 
79.5  89.5  40  85 
89.5  99.5  15  100 
Frequency Distribution for Calculus Final Grades  

Lower Bound  Upper Bound  Frequency  Cumulative Frequency 
49.5  59.5  10  10 
59.5  69.5  10  20 
69.5  79.5  30  50 
79.5  89.5  45  95 
89.5  99.5  5  100 
Suppose that we want to study the temperature range of a region for an entire month. Every day at noon we note the temperature and write this down in a log. A variety of statistical studies could be done with this data. We could find the mean or the median temperature for the month. We could construct a histogram displaying the number of days that temperatures reach a certain range of values. However, all of these methods ignore a portion of the data that we have collected.
One feature of the data that we may want to consider is that of time. Since each date is paired with the temperature reading for the day, we don‘t have to think of the data as being random. We can instead use the times given to impose a chronological order on the data. A graph that recognizes this ordering and displays the changing temperature as the month progresses is called a time series graph.
Constructing a Time Series Graph
To construct a time series graph, we must look at both pieces of our paired data set. We start with a standard Cartesian coordinate system. The horizontal axis is used to plot the date or time increments, and the vertical axis is used to plot the values of the variable that we are measuring. By doing this, we make each point on the graph correspond to a date and a measured quantity. The points on the graph are typically connected by straight lines in the order in which they occur.
The following data shows the Annual Consumer Price Index, each month, for ten years. Construct a time series graph for the Annual Consumer Price Index data only.
Year  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul 

2003  181.7  183.1  184.2  183.8  183.5  183.7  183.9 
2004  185.2  186.2  187.4  188.0  189.1  189.7  189.4 
2005  190.7  191.8  193.3  194.6  194.4  194.5  195.4 
2006  198.3  198.7  199.8  201.5  202.5  202.9  203.5 
2007  202.416  203.499  205.352  206.686  207.949  208.352  208.299 
2008  211.080  211.693  213.528  214.823  216.632  218.815  219.964 
2009  211.143  212.193  212.709  213.240  213.856  215.693  215.351 
2010  216.687  216.741  217.631  218.009  218.178  217.965  218.011 
2011  220.223  221.309  223.467  224.906  225.964  225.722  225.922 
2012  226.665  227.663  229.392  230.085  229.815  229.478  229.104 
Year  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec  Annual 

2003  184.6  185.2  185.0  184.5  184.3  184.0 
2004  189.5  189.9  190.9  191.0  190.3  188.9 
2005  196.4  198.8  199.2  197.6  196.8  195.3 
2006  203.9  202.9  201.8  201.5  201.8  201.6 
2007  207.917  208.490  208.936  210.177  210.036  207.342 
2008  219.086  218.783  216.573  212.425  210.228  215.303 
2009  215.834  215.969  216.177  216.330  215.949  214.537 
2010  218.312  218.439  218.711  218.803  219.179  218.056 
2011  226.545  226.889  226.421  226.230  225.672  224.939 
2012  230.379  231.407  231.317  230.221  229.601  229.594 
The following table is a portion of a data set from www.worldbank.org. Use the table to construct a time series graph for CO_{2} emissions for the United States.
CO2 Emissions  

Ukraine  United Kingdom  United States  
2003  352,259  540,640  5,681,664 
2004  343,121  540,409  5,790,761 
2005  339,029  541,990  5,826,394 
2006  327,797  542,045  5,737,615 
2007  328,357  528,631  5,828,697 
2008  323,657  522,247  5,656,839 
2009  272,176  474,579  5,299,563 
Uses of a Time Series Graph
Time series graphs are important tools in various applications of statistics. When recording values of the same variable over an extended period of time, sometimes it is difficult to discern any trend or pattern. However, once the same data points are displayed graphically, some features jump out. Time series graphs make trends easy to spot.
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Data on annual homicides in Detroit, 1961–73, from Gunst & Mason’s book ‘Regression Analysis and its Application’, Marcel Dekker
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“Food Security Statistics.” Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Available online at http://www.fao.org/economic/ess/essfs/en/ (accessed April 3, 2013).
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“CO2 emissions (kt).” The World Bank, 2013. Available online at http://databank.worldbank.org/data/home.aspx (accessed April 3, 2013).
“Births Time Series Data.” General Register Office For Scotland, 2013. Available online at http://www.groscotland.gov.uk/statistics/theme/vitalevents/births/timeseries.html (accessed April 3, 2013).
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Chapter Review
A histogram is a graphic version of a frequency distribution. The graph consists of bars of equal width drawn adjacent to each other. The horizontal scale represents classes of quantitative data values and the vertical scale represents frequencies. The heights of the bars correspond to frequency values. Histograms are typically used for large, continuous, quantitative data sets. A frequency polygon can also be used when graphing large data sets with data points that repeat. The data usually goes on yaxis with the frequency being graphed on the xaxis. Time series graphs can be helpful when looking at large amounts of data for one variable over a period of time.
Sixtyfive randomly selected car salespersons were asked the number of cars they generally sell in one week. Fourteen people answered that they generally sell three cars; nineteen generally sell four cars; twelve generally sell five cars; nine generally sell six cars; eleven generally sell seven cars. Complete the table.
Data Value (# cars)  Frequency  Relative Frequency  Cumulative Relative Frequency 

What does the frequency column in [link] sum to? Why?
65
What does the relative frequency column in [link] sum to? Why?
What is the difference between relative frequency and frequency for each data value in [link]?
The relative frequency shows the proportion of data points that have each value. The frequency tells the number of data points that have each value.
What is the difference between cumulative relative frequency and relative frequency for each data value?
To construct the histogram for the data in [link], determine appropriate minimum and maximum x and y values and the scaling. Sketch the histogram. Label the horizontal and vertical axes with words. Include numerical scaling.
Answers will vary. One possible histogram is shown:
Construct a frequency polygon for the following:

Pulse Rates for Women Frequency 60–69 12 70–79 14 80–89 11 90–99 1 100–109 1 110–119 0 120–129 1 
Actual Speed in a 30 MPH Zone Frequency 42–45 25 46–49 14 50–53 7 54–57 3 58–61 1 
Tar (mg) in Nonfiltered Cigarettes Frequency 10–13 1 14–17 0 18–21 15 22–25 7 26–29 2
Construct a frequency polygon from the frequency distribution for the 50 highest ranked countries for depth of hunger.
Depth of Hunger  Frequency 

230–259  21 
260–289  13 
290–319  5 
320–349  7 
350–379  1 
380–409  1 
410–439  1 
Find the midpoint for each class. These will be graphed on the xaxis. The frequency values will be graphed on the yaxis values.
Use the two frequency tables to compare the life expectancy of men and women from 20 randomly selected countries. Include an overlayed frequency polygon and discuss the shapes of the distributions, the center, the spread, and any outliers. What can we conclude about the life expectancy of women compared to men?
Life Expectancy at Birth – Women  Frequency 

49–55  3 
56–62  3 
63–69  1 
70–76  3 
77–83  8 
84–90  2 
Life Expectancy at Birth – Men  Frequency 

49–55  3 
56–62  3 
63–69  1 
70–76  1 
77–83  7 
84–90  5 
Construct a times series graph for (a) the number of male births, (b) the number of female births, and (c) the total number of births.
Sex/Year  1855  1856  1857  1858  1859  1860  1861 
Female  45,545  49,582  50,257  50,324  51,915  51,220  52,403 
Male  47,804  52,239  53,158  53,694  54,628  54,409  54,606 
Total  93,349  101,821  103,415  104,018  106,543  105,629  107,009 
Sex/Year  1862  1863  1864  1865  1866  1867  1868  1869 
Female  51,812  53,115  54,959  54,850  55,307  55,527  56,292  55,033 
Male  55,257  56,226  57,374  58,220  58,360  58,517  59,222  58,321 
Total  107,069  109,341  112,333  113,070  113,667  114,044  115,514  113,354 
Sex/Year  1871  1870  1872  1871  1872  1827  1874  1875 
Female  56,099  56,431  57,472  56,099  57,472  58,233  60,109  60,146 
Male  60,029  58,959  61,293  60,029  61,293  61,467  63,602  63,432 
Total  116,128  115,390  118,765  116,128  118,765  119,700  123,711  123,578 
The following data sets list full time police per 100,000 citizens along with homicides per 100,000 citizens for the city of Detroit, Michigan during the period from 1961 to 1973.
Year  1961  1962  1963  1964  1965  1966  1967 
Police  260.35  269.8  272.04  272.96  272.51  261.34  268.89 
Homicides  8.6  8.9  8.52  8.89  13.07  14.57  21.36 
Year  1968  1969  1970  1971  1972  1973 
Police  295.99  319.87  341.43  356.59  376.69  390.19 
Homicides  28.03  31.49  37.39  46.26  47.24  52.33 
 Construct a double time series graph using a common xaxis for both sets of data.
 Which variable increased the fastest? Explain.
 Did Detroit’s increase in police officers have an impact on the murder rate? Explain.
Homework
Suppose that three book publishers were interested in the number of fiction paperbacks adult consumers purchase per month. Each publisher conducted a survey. In the survey, adult consumers were asked the number of fiction paperbacks they had purchased the previous month. The results are as follows:
# of books  Freq.  Rel. Freq. 

0  10  
1  12  
2  16  
3  12  
4  8  
5  6  
6  2  
8  2 
# of books  Freq.  Rel. Freq. 

0  18  
1  24  
2  24  
3  22  
4  15  
5  10  
7  5  
9  1 
# of books  Freq.  Rel. Freq. 

0–1  20  
2–3  35  
4–5  12  
6–7  2  
8–9  1 
 Find the relative frequencies for each survey. Write them in the charts.
 Using either a graphing calculator, computer, or by hand, use the frequency column to construct a histogram for each publisher’s survey. For Publishers A and B, make bar widths of one. For Publisher C, make bar widths of two.
 In complete sentences, give two reasons why the graphs for Publishers A and B are not identical.
 Would you have expected the graph for Publisher C to look like the other two graphs? Why or why not?
 Make new histograms for Publisher A and Publisher B. This time, make bar widths of two.
 Now, compare the graph for Publisher C to the new graphs for Publishers A and B. Are the graphs more similar or more different? Explain your answer.
Often, cruise ships conduct all onboard transactions, with the exception of gambling, on a cashless basis. At the end of the cruise, guests pay one bill that covers all onboard transactions. Suppose that 60 single travelers and 70 couples were surveyed as to their onboard bills for a sevenday cruise from Los Angeles to the Mexican Riviera. Following is a summary of the bills for each group.
Amount(💲)  Frequency  Rel. Frequency 

51–100  5  
101–150  10  
151–200  15  
201–250  15  
251–300  10  
301–350  5 
Amount(💲)  Frequency  Rel. Frequency 

100–150  5  
201–250  5  
251–300  5  
301–350  5  
351–400  10  
401–450  10  
451–500  10  
501–550  10  
551–600  5  
601–650  5 
 Fill in the relative frequency for each group.
 Construct a histogram for the singles group. Scale the xaxis by 💲50 widths. Use relative frequency on the yaxis.
 Construct a histogram for the couples group. Scale the xaxis by 💲50 widths. Use relative frequency on the yaxis.
 Compare the two graphs:
 List two similarities between the graphs.
 List two differences between the graphs.
 Overall, are the graphs more similar or different?
 Construct a new graph for the couples by hand. Since each couple is paying for two individuals, instead of scaling the xaxis by 💲50, scale it by 💲100. Use relative frequency on the yaxis.
 Compare the graph for the singles with the new graph for the couples:
 List two similarities between the graphs.
 Overall, are the graphs more similar or different?
 How did scaling the couples graph differently change the way you compared it to the singles graph?
 Based on the graphs, do you think that individuals spend the same amount, more or less, as singles as they do person by person as a couple? Explain why in one or two complete sentences.
Amount(💲)  Frequency  Relative Frequency 

51–100  5  0.08 
101–150  10  0.17 
151–200  15  0.25 
201–250  15  0.25 
251–300  10  0.17 
301–350  5  0.08 
Amount(💲)  Frequency  Relative Frequency 

100–150  5  0.07 
201–250  5  0.07 
251–300  5  0.07 
301–350  5  0.07 
351–400  10  0.14 
401–450  10  0.14 
451–500  10  0.14 
501–550  10  0.14 
551–600  5  0.07 
601–650  5  0.07 
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 In the following histogram data values that fall on the right boundary are counted in the class interval, while values that fall on the left boundary are not counted (with the exception of the first interval where both boundary values are included).
 In the following histogram, the data values that fall on the right boundary are counted in the class interval, while values that fall on the left boundary are not counted (with the exception of the first interval where values on both boundaries are included).
 Compare the two graphs:
 Answers may vary. Possible answers include:
 Both graphs have a single peak.
 Both graphs use class intervals with width equal to 💲50.
 Answers may vary. Possible answers include:
 The couples graph has a class interval with no values.
 It takes almost twice as many class intervals to display the data for couples.
 Answers may vary. Possible answers include: The graphs are more similar than different because the overall patterns for the graphs are the same.
 Answers may vary. Possible answers include:
 Check student’s solution.
 Compare the graph for the Singles with the new graph for the Couples:

 Both graphs have a single peak.
 Both graphs display 6 class intervals.
 Both graphs show the same general pattern.
 Answers may vary. Possible answers include: Although the width of the class intervals for couples is double that of the class intervals for singles, the graphs are more similar than they are different.

 Answers may vary. Possible answers include: You are able to compare the graphs interval by interval. It is easier to compare the overall patterns with the new scale on the Couples graph. Because a couple represents two individuals, the new scale leads to a more accurate comparison.
 Answers may vary. Possible answers include: Based on the histograms, it seems that spending does not vary much from singles to individuals who are part of a couple. The overall patterns are the same. The range of spending for couples is approximately double the range for individuals.
Twentyfive randomly selected students were asked the number of movies they watched the previous week. The results are as follows.
# of movies  Frequency  Relative Frequency  Cumulative Relative Frequency 

0  5  
1  9  
2  6  
3  4  
4  1 
 Construct a histogram of the data.
 Complete the columns of the chart.
Use the following information to answer the next two exercises: Suppose one hundred eleven people who shopped in a special tshirt store were asked the number of tshirts they own costing more than 💲19 each.
The percentage of people who own at most three tshirts costing more than 💲19 each is approximately:
 21
 59
 41
 Cannot be determined
c
If the data were collected by asking the first 111 people who entered the store, then the type of sampling is:
 cluster
 simple random
 stratified
 convenience
Following are the 2010 obesity rates by U.S. states and Washington, DC.
State  Percent (%)  State  Percent (%)  State  Percent (%) 

Alabama  32.2  Kentucky  31.3  North Dakota  27.2 
Alaska  24.5  Louisiana  31.0  Ohio  29.2 
Arizona  24.3  Maine  26.8  Oklahoma  30.4 
Arkansas  30.1  Maryland  27.1  Oregon  26.8 
California  24.0  Massachusetts  23.0  Pennsylvania  28.6 
Colorado  21.0  Michigan  30.9  Rhode Island  25.5 
Connecticut  22.5  Minnesota  24.8  South Carolina  31.5 
Delaware  28.0  Mississippi  34.0  South Dakota  27.3 
Washington, DC  22.2  Missouri  30.5  Tennessee  30.8 
Florida  26.6  Montana  23.0  Texas  31.0 
Georgia  29.6  Nebraska  26.9  Utah  22.5 
Hawaii  22.7  Nevada  22.4  Vermont  23.2 
Idaho  26.5  New Hampshire  25.0  Virginia  26.0 
Illinois  28.2  New Jersey  23.8  Washington  25.5 
Indiana  29.6  New Mexico  25.1  West Virginia  32.5 
Iowa  28.4  New York  23.9  Wisconsin  26.3 
Kansas  29.4  North Carolina  27.8  Wyoming  25.1 
Construct a bar graph of obesity rates of your state and the four states closest to your state. Hint: Label the xaxis with the states.
Answers will vary.
Glossary
 Frequency
 the number of times a value of the data occurs
 Histogram
 a graphical representation in x–y form of the distribution of data in a data set; x represents the data and y represents the frequency, or relative frequency. The graph consists of contiguous rectangles.
 Relative Frequency
 the ratio of the number of times a value of the data occurs in the set of all outcomes to the number of all outcomes