populationthe definition of the distribution of a data population. Also, find the statistic that measures the width of dispersion (looseness or tightness) of the population data around its mean....


the definition of the distribution of a data population. Also, find the statistic that measures the width of dispersion (looseness or tightness) of the population data around its mean. give an example of the type of situation where this statistic might be critical to making good decisions about the population under study

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belarafon eNotes educator| Certified Educator

#5, I believe airline seats -- at least in economy class -- are getting smaller, and airlines are not really making any concessions for XL passengers. This is a constant debate on Frommers.com. A quick search gives me this and this; there might be more recent information. The last time I flew, it was in economy, and I was quite encroached by my seatmate; fortunately I had the aisle seat so I could lean over a little more. I'm starting to advocate for trains.

stolperia eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Another example of a situation where understanding the distribution of the sample population and the standard deviation within that range:

Designers of home exercise equipment need to look at the full range of height, weight, strength, endurance, and other characteristics of the potential customers for their equipment. However, it is not practical or possible to always design home-use equipment for the extremely short or morbidly obese individual, for example. By researching the standard deviations of body types and sizes, the manufacturers can determine the design capacity that will allow their equipment to be workable for the widest practical range of customers.

nathanshields eNotes educator| Certified Educator

A set with a high standard deviation is "spread out" more than a set with a low standard deviation.  You can calculate the standard deviation by finding the difference between each data value and mean, squaring these differences, taking the average, then square rooting.  But the main thing to know is that higher SD = more spread out.

Say you're looking at two investment options, which each claim to double your money in 10-30 years, with a mean of 20 years.  Option A has a very small standard deviation, while Option B has a large SD.  This means that Option A is more of a "sure thing" shortly after 20 years, while Option B is more of a risk...

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I believe that the statistic you are talking about is standard deviation.  The whole point of standard deviations is that they show you how far from the mean various percentages of your data are likely to fall.  The more dispersed your data, the bigger the standard deviation.

As for the second part of your question, it really depends on what you're planning to do with your information.  For example, if you're measuring body size and you want to make one-size-fits-all chairs, it's pretty important to know if your population clusters around the mean or if you've got really big and really small people.

accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

A very recent topical example is the size of seats in aeroplanes, and the way that American airlines have been forced to make their seats larger in response to the increase in obesity and overweight people in America. This is of course an excellent example of where standard deviation can change, and how society has to change to accommodate this alteration.

dhyutinimmagadda | Student

The world population has grown tremendously over the past two thousand years. In 1999, the world population passed the six billion mark.

Latest official current world population estimate, for mid-year 2011, is estimated at 6,928,198,253.I don't know this is right or not but this is what i think.

Year Population 1 200 million 1000 275 million 1500 450 million 1650 500 million 1750 700 million 1804 1 billion 1850 1.2 billion 1900 1.6 billion 1927 2 billion 1950 2.55 billion 1955 2.8 billion 1960 3 billion 1965 3.3 billion 1970 3.7 billion 1975 4 billion 1980 4.5 billion 1985 4.85 billion 1990 5.3 billion 1995 5.7 billion 1999 6 billion 2006 6.5 billion 2009 6.8 billion 2011 7 billion 2025 8 billion 2043 9 billion 2083 10 billion