As you learned in Module Two Activity: Descriptive Statistics Quiz, thinking critically about your data and taking appropriate statistical approaches is what will enable you to perform the right calculations to draw appropriate conclusions. To prepare for Project One, in this milestone you will get to know your Project One data. This assignment will ensure that you are set up to succeed on your project, so make sure you review your instructor feedback thoroughly before submitting Project One, which is due in Module Four.

Overview

Your textbook notes that scales (e.g. Likert-type scales) are often treated as interval scales in applied statistics for the psychological and social sciences. This is true—but, as noted in the webtext, it is an area of debate even among those who do statistics regularly in these areas. We will, on occasion and for instructional purposes, follow this practice; however, for this assignment we want you to provide the most technically correct responses for all of these items rather than indicating how data might be treated in practice.

In this webtext, you’ve learned that as scales of measurement become more numeric in nature, you have more options for measures of central tendency and variability because you can perform more mathematical operations. As you respond to the prompts on this page, we would like you to select the measures of central tendency or variability that require the most mathematical computation that is reasonable to report, given the scale of measurement.

For example, if your data were interval or ratio, you could report a mode, a median, or a mean, but the mean would be the measure of central tendency requiring the most mathematical computation. Thus, we would want you to report “Mean” as the answer for a variable measured on such a scale.

Complete Project One Milestone

Download the data set below, then use the writing templates to complete this assignment and download it for submission. For more details on how you’ll be graded, refer to the Project One Milestone Guidelines and Rubric page in Brightspace.

Project One Data Set (XLSX)Southern New Hampshire University

Reminder: You can find the coding details by clicking the variable names in the spreadsheet.

For each variable from the data set, choose the correct options from the drop-down menus.WRITING TEMPLATEVariableScales of MeasurementMeasures of Central TendencyMeasures of VariabilityGraphic DepictionsClasschoose oneNominalOrdinalInterval-Ratiochoose oneMeanMedianModechoose oneRange / Interquartile RangeStandard Deviation / VarianceNonechoose oneBar/PieHistogramEmpathy1choose oneNominalOrdinalInterval-Ratiochoose oneMeanMedianModechoose oneRange / Interquartile RangeStandard Deviation / VarianceNonechoose oneBar/PieHistogramEmpathy2choose oneNominalOrdinalInterval-Ratiochoose oneMeanMedianModechoose oneRange / Interquartile RangeStandard Deviation / VarianceNonechoose oneBar/PieHistogramEmpathy3choose oneNominalOrdinalInterval-Ratiochoose oneMeanMedianModechoose oneRange / Interquartile RangeStandard Deviation / VarianceNonechoose oneBar/PieHistogramEmpathy4choose oneNominalOrdinalInterval-Ratiochoose oneMeanMedianModechoose oneRange / Interquartile RangeStandard Deviation / VarianceNonechoose oneBar/PieHistogramEmpathy5choose oneNominalOrdinalInterval-Ratiochoose oneMeanMedianModechoose oneRange / Interquartile RangeStandard Deviation / VarianceNonechoose oneBar/PieHistogramEmpathy6choose oneNominalOrdinalInterval-Ratiochoose oneMeanMedianModechoose oneRange / Interquartile RangeStandard Deviation / VarianceNonechoose oneBar/PieHistogramEmpathy7choose oneNominalOrdinalInterval-Ratiochoose oneMeanMedianModechoose oneRange / Interquartile RangeStandard Deviation / VarianceNonechoose oneBar/PieHistogramEmpathy Averagechoose oneNominalOrdinalInterval-Ratiochoose oneMeanMedianModechoose oneRange / Interquartile RangeStandard Deviation / VarianceNonechoose oneBar/PieHistogramDescribe how these concepts intersect and why scales of measurement influence decisions about statistics and graphics. Your description must be about 4 to 7 sentences.BI

Save ProgressAdd to Project One MilestoneTo complete this template, you must click the “Add to Project One Milestone” button.If the button cannot be clicked, make sure you have responded to all the prompts.Download Project One MilestoneWRITING TEMPLATEYou’ve skipped a step!

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