Unit 10 Discussion Discussion Topic
StatisticsIn Unit 10, we are learning about statistics. Measures of central tendency or “average” are arguably the most common statistics we use in day to day life. For this discussion, we will see how measures of central tendency can be used to make comparisons when we are considering a major purchase.Post 1You are looking for a home in your area. Go to a website that shows home prices in your area and allows you to search based on specific criteria. Identify at least three criteria (e.g., number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, square footage, type of heat) you can use to narrow your search and find the prices of at least ten homes. Do not include price as one of the criteria as we would like to see a range of prices.What criteria did you use in your home search?List the prices (ten or more) of the homes you found.Find the mean, median, mode (if applicable), of the home prices. If there is no mode, explain why.Explain your calculations and show all work. Review an example of a response for this Discussion.Post 2Choose one of your classmate’s Post 1 and check the calculations for each of the measures of central tendency. If you find an error, tactfully point it out. Which measure of central tendency do you feel best represents the typical home price meeting those criteria? Why? Why are the measures of central tendency the same or different?Note: For more information on the circumstances under which each measure of central tendency is used, see pages 799-800 in our digital book.Review an example of a response for this Discussion.Post 3Comment on at least one other classmate’s post by doing the following.Find a home in your area comparable to the ones listed by your classmate and add its price to their list. Without doing any calculations, do the following:What do you expect to happen to the mean? Will it increase, decrease or stay the same? Why?What do you expect to happen to the median? Will it increase, decrease or stay the same? Why?What do you expect will happen to the mode? Will it increase, decrease or stay the same? Why?Discussion GuidelinesIn this unit’s Discussion, you will interact with your classmates on the course content. Remember, your goal for Discussion Assignments is to ensure that:Responses are on topic, original, and contribute to the quality of the Discussion.Responses make frequent, informed references to unit material.Responses are clearly written.You submit two or more Discussion Board responses to classmates as described in the Discussion Question that are thoughtful and advance the Discussion.Keep in mind that when you post, you should include references to the textbook and any material found online. The class is all about sharing knowledge, so use Discussions as a way of creating a community resource for yourself and your classmates.