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9.3 Describing Dispersion

9.3 Describing Dispersion
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  • Math Help

    To confirm the claim in the "Standard Deviation and Dispersion" box that says in any data set, at least 75% of the values lie within 2 standard deviations, at least 89% lie within 3 standard deviations, and at least 94% lie within 4 standard deviations, you can enter the data for Example 1 into a spreadsheet.

    Data within 2 standard deviations is between 22 - 2(1) = 20 and 22 + 2(1) = 24.

    Data within 3 standard deviations is between 22 - 3(1) = 19 and 22 + 3(1) = 25.

    Data within 4 standard deviations is between 22 - 4(1) = 18 and 22 + 4(1) = 26.

    So, 41 of the values or about 91% lie within 2 standard deviations of the mean, 45 of the values or 100% lie within 3 standard deviations of the mean, and 45 of the values or 100% lie within 4 standard deviations of the mean.

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  • Checkpoint Solution

    Use the data given in the spreadsheet or the Histogram Generator located in Tools to create a histogram.

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