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The continuous variable I selected is “Problems w/Public Health Clinics”. The means for this data is 7.43, the median is 7.4335 and the mode is 0. For the variable, the mean is the best measure it incorporates every value of this variable making it more representative of the variable (Frankfort-Nachmias, Leon-Guerrero, & Davis, 2020). The standard deviation is 5.11961, this number represents the difference of the data points from the mean. This number means that the scores regarding problems with health clinics differed from the mean by 5.11961. The variance is 26.210 describes the degree to which the data points are spread. I would describe this variable as having a lot of variability and extreme. Those that had no problems with public clinics more than double the amount of those that had a median amount of problems and triple those that had lots of problems.
Categorical variables are nominal or ordinal and cannot be described with mean or median. The best central tendency for these variables are mode, which is the score that shows up most frequently (Frankfort-Nachmias, Leon-Guerrero, & Davis, 2020). The categorical variable I selected is “country’s present economic condition compared to 12 months ago”, is mode is a tie for same and better all with the frequency of 2872 and a percent of 27.8%. This variable has low variability. Most of the participants believe there has been a small change or no change in economic conditions over the past 12 months.
Frankfort-Nachmias, C., Leon-Guerrero, A., & Davis, G. (2020). Social statistics for a diverse society (9th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Wagner, III, W. E. (2020). Using IBM® SPSS® statistics for research methods and social science statistics (7th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
- Chapter 4, “Organization and Presentation of Information”
- Chapter 11, “Editing Output”