9.2 Describing "Average"

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• 1. Finding the Mean of the Heights of Basketball Players

The double stem-and-leaf plot shows the heights of a women's basketball team and a men's basketball team. Compare the mean of each data set. (See Example 1 and Example 2.)

• Worked-Out Solution

Use the stem-and-leaf plot to write the heights (in inches) for each team in order.

Women's team: 65, 68, 69, 72, 73, 74, 74, 75, 75, 76, 77

Men's team: 72, 74, 74, 76, 77, 77, 78, 79, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 84, 85

To find the mean of each data set, add all the values and divide the result by the number of values.

The mean height for the women's team is about 72.5 inches and the mean height for the men's team is about 79.1 inches. So, the average player on the men's team is more than 6 inches taller than the average player on the women's team.

Another way you can find the mean for each team is to use a spreadsheet.

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• 2. Finding the Mode of the Heights of Basketball Players

The double stem-and-leaf plot shows the heights of a women's basketball team and a men's basketball team. What is the mode of each data set? (See Example 1 and Example 2.)

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• 3. Comparing the Median Heights of Two Basketball Teams

The double stem-and-leaf plot shows the heights of a women's basketball team and a men's basketball team. Compare the median of each data set. (See Example 1 and Example 2.)

• Worked-Out Solution

Use the stem-and-leaf plot to write the heights (in inches) for each team in order.

Women's team: 65, 68, 69, 72, 73, 74, 74, 75, 75, 76, 77

Men's team: 72, 74, 74, 76, 77, 77, 78, 79, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 84, 85

To find the median of each data set, find the middle number when there is an odd number of data, and find the mean of the middle two numbers when there is an even number of data.

Women's team: There are 11 data, so the median is the middle value, 74.

Men's team: There are 16 data, so the median is the mean of the middle two values, 79.

The median height for the women's team is 74 inches. The median height for the men's team is 79 inches.

Another way you can find the median for each team is to use a spreadsheet.

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• 4. Finding the Percent of Basketball Players That Are at Least 7 Feet Tall

The double stem-and-leaf plot shows the heights of a women's basketball team and a men's basketball team. What percent of the players on the men's team are at least 7 feet tall? (See Example 1 and Example 2.)

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• 5. Choosing the Best Measure of Central Tendency for Basketball Heights

The double stem-and-leaf plot shows the heights of a women's basketball team and a men's basketball team. Which measure of central tendency best describes the average height of the women's basketball team? (See Example 1 and Example 2.)

• Worked-Out Solution

Ordered heights of the women's team: 65, 68, 69, 72, 73, 74, 74, 75, 75, 76, 77

Mean =

Mode = 74, 75 (both heights occur twice in the data)

Median = 74 (the middle value of the data)

The mean height of 72.5 inches takes every entry into account, but is shorter than most of the heights because three of the women are quite a bit shorter than most of the others. The median height of 74 inches takes every entry into account and is within 2 inches of most of the heights. There are two modes. The mode of 74 inches is the same as the median, but the mode of 75 inches is greater than most of the data. It appears that the median of 74 inches best describes the average height of the players on the women's basketball team.

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/_____||    |_||    \_____||  |_____|| |______//
`-----`     `-`'     `----`   `-----`  `------`

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• 6. Choosing the Best Measure of Central Tendency for Basketball Heights

The double stem-and-leaf plot shows the heights of a women's basketball team and a men's basketball team. Which measure of central tendency best describes the average height of the men's basketball team? (See Example 1 and Example 2.)

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• 7. Finding the Change in the Mean and Median Heights

The double stem-and-leaf plot shows the heights of a women's basketball team and a men's basketball team. Suppose each height on the women's team is 2 inches greater. How does this affect the mean and the median of the data? (See Example 1 and Example 2.)

• Worked-Out Solution

Find the mean and median of the original heights.

Ordered original heights:  65, 68, 69, 72, 73, 74, 74, 75, 75, 76, 77

Median = 74 (the middle value of the data)

Find the mean and median of the increased heights.

Ordered increased heights: 67, 70, 71, 74, 75, 76, 76, 77, 77, 78, 79

Median = 76 (the middle value of the data)

Find the change in the mean and median.

If each height were 2 inches greater, then the mean and median would each be 2 inches greater.

This is true for the mean because increasing each of the 11 heights by 2 inches increases the sum of the 11 heights by 11×2 inches, so the mean

This is true for the median because increasing each height by 2 inches increases the middle height by 2 inches.

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\_____||  /_____//  |_|\_||  /_____//  \____//
`----`   `-----`   `-` -`   `-----`    `---`

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• 8. Determining a Possible Starting Lineup

The double stem-and-leaf plot shows the heights of a women's basketball team and a men's basketball team. The 5 starting players on the men's team have a mean height of 80.2 inches. Find the heights of 5 possible starters. (See Example 1 and Example 2.)

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