The Penguin Dictionary of Statistics

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9780140514964: The Penguin Dictionary of Statistics

The Penguin Dictionary of Statistics is an accessible, comprehensive and up-to-date guide to the subject. This new reference book is ideal for students at school and university, and will be invaluable to students of disciplines such as economics, psychology and medicine who regularly use statistical methods, as well as those in the business community who want to understand the terminology.

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BINARY VARIABLE

A random variable that can take only two possible values. For example, the result of a driving test is a pass or a fail, and the outcome of a toss of a coin may be `heads' or `tails'. Such binary variables can be represented by a variable X that takes only the values 0 and 1. Thus, in a study of test results, we might assign X = 0 to a failure and X = 1 to a pass.

FREQUENCY CURVE

A smooth curve approximating a frequency polygon for a large set of observations which have been grouped using small class intetrvals. The term is also used for the graph of the frequency function of a continuous variable. SEE ALSO distribution curve.

TRANSPOSTION

A rearrangement of a set that merely interchanges two elements. The notation (ab) indicated that the elements a and b are interchanged. Thus, for example, the transposition (35) applied to the set {1, 2, 3, 4, 5} produces {1, 2, 5, 4, 3}.

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David Nelson is a retired Lecturer in Education at Manchester University. He is editor of THE PENGUIN DICTIONARY OF MATHEMATICS.

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