Some "Vary" Important Statistics

So far, you have learned about mean, median, and mode. These are essential items in statistics, but they are by no means the only important statistical measures.

There is a joke that goes, "If a statistician had her hair on fire and her feet in a block of ice, she would say that 'on the average' she felt good." Of course, this is a silly example, but to what is this unfortunate statistician referring? What is she ignoring?

By looking at many different measures, you can discover more and more about a given data set. One such measure is known as the range.

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