Descriptive statistics summarize features of a sample, such as mean and standard deviations, median and quartiles, the maximum and minimum. With multiple variables, may include correlations and crosstabs. Can include visual displays - boxplots, histograms, scatterplots and so on.

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Explanation of the different variable types in statistics?

One thing that has always tripped me up when trying to learn new methods in statistics is understanding what type of features/variables can this method be applied to. The variable types that ...
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Which test(s) to use?

I’m having a dataset that needs to be analyzed but I’m a bit worried about picking the appropriate test(s). It’s been a while since I last really used statistics and SPSS. Therefore I would kindly ...
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1 IV, two levels; 2 DVs (one post-test only, one pre-test & post-test). Have some ideas but unsure. Cliche question but:What stats test to use?

I'm working on a proposal and trying to get my stats tests right. Been doing some reading and while I'm beginning to get a better grasp of things, I'm still a little puzzled as to what stats test to ...
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Correlation between a percentage and a real number

I have two datasets, one containing the percentage of people with flu and one which has the number of searches for Tea-recipes in google. Problem is, I get different results when i choose to include ...
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Percentile vs quantile vs quartile

What is the difference between the three terms below? percentile quantile quartile
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Standardizing IQR

Suppose I have a data set like the following Q1 Median Q3 IQR 10 20 30 20 15 20 35 20 100 200 300 200 I don't have the actual data ...
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How should population sample characteristics be presented for a small sample size?

I'm performing a clinical trial and have enrolled 16 patients, of which 3 had to be excluded. I suppose it would be relevant to present some characteristics of the included patients, e.g. age, weight, ...
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Finding descriptive statistics on particular days on the time series

I got a time series of returns for the last 15 years. I would like to extract the descriptive statistics on last Thursday of every month. Suppose, if I add a filter for last Thursday of every month ...
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Relative measure of a questionnare

I have a psychological questionnaire which deals with people's satisfaction from life. The questionnaire is build from several questions, each has a weight (how many points it is "worth"). The total ...
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Should I normalize my variables for a descriptive logistic regression?

I'm running a logistic regression in order to descriptively analyze the relationship between my independent and dependent variables. As I understand it, it's not mathematically necessary to normalize ...
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Combining multiple metrics to provide comparisons/ranking of k objects [Question and Reference Request]

Collecting $n$ metrics about $k$ objects Suppose I collect $n$ metrics about $k$ objects. I am looking into valid ways to compare the $k$ objects so they can be "ranked". I think this may be ...
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Standard deviation of a casino's profit

For the following question, I've determined the mean to be \$0.20, but how do I determine the standard deviation? A slot machine at a casino pays out an average of \$0.9, with a standard ...
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Why pnorm function and sum of dnorm function differs for same input?

Data is height of men in 'inches'. Mean is 70. SD is 3.3 I wanted to compute the probability of men whose height is in between 69 inches and 74 inches. The following methods gave me different ...
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Non-normal univariate distribution — how to define “low” to “high” subsets of values?

Sorry for the dumb question: it's been a million years since I took basic stats. I have a set of 48, non-normally distributed values ranging from 1 to 100. I'd like to be able to apply a (valid) ...
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suitable statistics to replace box plot [closed]

I am applying few classification methods on a set of images. Currently, I have experimental results in box-plots and want some statistical method to report them in my dissertation. Problem ...
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Issues with derivative of a copula density

Suppose I have a bivariate copula density with marginals $F(X)$ ($F(X)$ is normal with parameters $\mu_1$, $\sigma_1^2$) and $G(Y)$ ($G(Y)$ is normal with parameters $\mu_2$ and $\sigma_2^2$). I want ...
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Estimating probability distribution function of data stream

Although a similar question exists, I couldn't find my answer. I'm not a statistician hence please neglect if some terminologies aren't correct and let me know if I am interpreting something wrong. ...
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Can you calculate descriptive statistics (SD, SE particularly) from percentages and ratios?

I'm a cell biologist and a lot of my data is expressed as a fraction (percentage) of the total number of cells in a single experiment in a number of separate categories (generally 5 or so). The number ...
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What's my population? Is this Descriptive or Inferential?

I have a list of employees at a company. I want to show some comparison of some demographics (say, %female) of those who have left the company and those who have stayed with the company. However, I ...
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Is the following dataset possible?

"Is it possible to create a data set where $\bar{x}=30.0$, range $R=10$ (meaning the max-min=10), and variance $s^2=40.0$?" I feel sort of dumb asking this question, but I'm not quite sure I'm on the ...
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Efficient statistical test to compare two multivariate distributions

I am looking for a test to assert the "equality" of two multivariate discrete distributions, $\mathbf{A}=\{A_1,\dots,A_k\}$ and $\mathbf{B}=\{B_1,\dots,B_k\}$ for which I do observe two samples ...
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Forecasting Prediction Accuracy

Out of 4 error paramters which one is best for evaluating prediction accuracy? Average error Mean absolute error Mean squared error Mean absolute % error why?
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What is the best way to group countries for graphing world crime statistics?

I am currently working on a project where I have chosen to analyse the frequency of terrorist attacks and their impacts using the global terrorism database (dataset available here: ...
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Chi-square and subsequent comparisons

I have the following dataset and would like to find out firstly if I'm using the correct tests. The data are hospital admissions data for cause X and admissions data for all admissions. If an ...
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Meaning of a higher out-of-sample $R^2$ but also a higher MSPE

I am comparing several forecasting methods using the out-of-sample $R^2$ and MSPE. Now I have encountered situations in which the $R^2$ of a certain method is higher than that of the other, but the ...
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How to determine the number of employees in a business when sources are inconsistent?

I am analyzing a business survey data. I am interested in the total number of employees of each firm. Specifically, I am interested in: The total number of employees in a specific city, and The ...
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How to show whether a hypothesis is true or not

I have the following hypothesis: "The higher the number of translation-stable words between a pair of countries, the higher the correlation between the happiness scores of their words". note: ...
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Can a truly randomized procedure (e.g. random treatment allocation) result in unbalanced distributions?

Thousands of randomized trials are ongoing or in the planning. These trials rely on randomization procedures (e.g. patients being randomized to either placebo or active drugs) to yield two balanced ...
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Do descriptive statistics have p-values?

I'm being asked to find the p-values for descriptive statistics. However, it's my understanding that p-values are for test statistics. If I'm not mistaken, a p-value is the probability of observing a ...
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Using counts of a continuous random variable to establish an unknown probability density function

The precision of a given measuring device defines a window over the probability density function of whatever is being measured. For instance, if a measuring tape is precise to 0.1 inches, then the ...
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Determining continuous vs discrete data sets?

When I collect data for my work, I get a set like the following: [ 133, 183, 185.16, 188, 143, 128, 135.5, 100.55, 117.96, 95.5 ] These points are part of a ...
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Results of 2-sample t-test does not seem intuitive; wrong procedure?

I have data shown below, with a response variable tabulated by hour (x-axis) as well as numerous other factors: larger chart available here I want to see if the colored points (red, light and dark ...
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How to compare age across multiple groups?

I have age data on 5 groups, and I would like to compare if one group is significantly older or younger than another. When comparing 2 groups, I can use a 2-sample t-test, but when comparing across ...
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How to rank monthly data, using both trends and averages

I have a very large data set containing the daily searches for some Wikipedia entries. I am using the number of searches as proxy of popularity and want to rank the entries. Lets say I have entities ...
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Using predictive algorithms for descriptive purposes? Correct? Any resources?

Newbie here. I've been learning lots of predictive modeling with R/python using the well-known algorithms: decision trees, random forests, SVM, logistic/linear regression, k-Means, k-NN. But I'm new ...
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Compare lists of genes

I have two lists of differentially expressed genes: the list 1 was derived from the universe A of total genes while the list 2 was derived from the universe B of total genes. A number of genes is in ...
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Describing trend magnitude or detecting trends

I have time series data. One observation per time period, about 10 observations or so. When describing the data (I am interested in descriptive statistics), I'd like to say that there is either a ...
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What is the honesty condition for regression trees?

I have a question pertaining to Stefan Wager's "Asymptotic Theory for Random Forests": http://arxiv.org/pdf/1405.0352v1.pdf Wager first states that trees are "fully grown in the sense given training ...
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Wilcoxon signed rank test - Normalize data or not?

I am comparing my algorithm's performance with other algorithms, for a minimization problem. There are ten different benchmark problems, for which I have computed the average solution quality for all ...
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Which statistical tests requires one to know the sampling error?

I would like to know which statistical tests requires one to know the sampling error? I am planning on using an existing public online panel that is representative of the UK population by age, gender ...
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How do I figure out low, high, and median scores?

I am not sure how to make this a problem and solve it. It's statistical data that I am trying to figure out for a paper I'm writing. Basically, I am scoring candidates with 9 questions. Here's an ...
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versus (vs.): how to properly use this word in data analysis

This question is probably more about the English language than statistics, but I have decided to ask it here anyway. When we compare two groups of samples, let's say Treatment vs. Control, and we ...
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Approximate mean from .25, .5, .75 percentiles

If I have median (.5 percentiles), and the .25 and .75 percentiles, what is the best guess of the mean? If the .25 and .75 percentiles are in the middle of a probability mass with weight .5 (.25 on ...
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What statistical method is most appropriate?

I am testing the differences between men and women pertaining to the perceived origin of criminal behavior. I distributed a survey with multiple choice options to pick what each individual thought the ...
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Using a rolling window in time series regression

I am learning about regression. I have done some cross sectional regressions which are fine. I recently did a simple time series regression. So I have a y & x vectors each containing 1000 ...
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Error bars on graph, skewed data, negative standard deviation

I have only had basic stats. I conducted some research where I have four different treatments and results for the data range from 0-6. I don't need any elaborate stats test, I just want to know how I ...
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interpret scatter plot if there is anything to interpret from it

I have an x variable and a y variables. I have done a simple scatter plot. I however don't really know how to interpret (if there is anything to interpret) the plot. I can't find any other similar ...
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Change scores as outcome measurements in clinical trials

I am performing a Meta-Analysis about a mental disease, comparing intervention vs. control groups and try to extract outcome results from published study papers. In some clinical randomised trials ...
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Likert scale analysis , how to analyze it in this case?

I have a questionnaire divided in 4 section. Each section has 5 question ; all of the questions are using the likert scale of 7 points (strongly agree, agree..etc..) I want to compare the 4 ...
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interpreting NMDS ordinations that show both samples and species

I am using the vegan package in R to plot non-metric multidimensional scaling (NMDS) ordinations. I am using this package because of its compatibility with common ...