## Fox Module 6: Transforming data HW

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NEAS Supreme Being         Posts: 4.2K, Visits: 1.2K

Module 6: Transforming data

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Homework assignment: choosing a transformation

A random distribution of 10,000 values has the following characteristics:

Minimum value:             0.0186

First quartile:             0.4977

Median:                            0.9822

Mean:                         1.6280

Third quartile:                 1.9480

Maximum value:       45.180

A.     Is this distribution symmetric, left-skewed, or right-skewed? Calculate (HU-M)/(M-HL), (the upper hinge minus the median) divided by (the median minus the lower hinge) to justify your answer.

B.     Should you transform the value up or down the ladder of powers and roots to make the distribution symmetric?

C.    You are choosing among five transformations to remove the skewness: X2,  X, ln(X), 1/ X, and 1/X . Which transformation would you choose? Use the table below to justify your answer. You may eliminate some choices are moving the wrong way up or down the ladder of powers and roots.

 HL Median HU (HU-M)/(M-HL) X X2 √X ln(X) 1/√X 1/X

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wall_e Forum Newbie         Group: Forum Members
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What do the values represent. Are the values given in the question values for X, or for Y. And what is the equation for the relationship between X and Y.

I'm confused about the parts b and the explanation for c.

[NEAS: These are characteristics of a distribution. The random variable is denoted by X; there is no Y in this exercise.]

NessaT23 Junior Member         Group: Forum Members
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The values given are summary statistics of the distribution, not the distinct values of x and y. Those are not needed for this problem.

The skewness of the distribution (positive or negative) determines whether you should ascend the ladder of powers or descend the ladder of powers to transform the distribution into something that is less skewed; see the gray call out box on p.57.

For the chart, you are modeling different transformations of the summary statistics to see if the skew is increased or decreased. See the chart on the bottom of p.55 for an example.

[NEAS: Correct]

kitt Forum Newbie         Group: Forum Members
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Quick clarification .. positive skew is right skewed, and negative skew is left skewed, correct?

[NEAS: Yes.]  chuangchuang Forum Newbie         Group: Forum Members
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NEAS (12/3/2009)

Module 6: Transforming data

(The attached PDF file has better formatting.)

Homework assignment: choosing a transformation

A random distribution of 10,000 values has the following characteristics:

Minimum value: 0.0186

First quartile: 0.4977

Median: 0.9822

Mean: 1.6280

Third quartile: 1.9480

Maximum value: 45.180

A. Is this distribution symmetric, left-skewed, or right-skewed? Calculate (HU-M)/(M-HL), (the upper hinge minus the median) divided by (the median minus the lower hinge) to justify your answer.

B. Should you transform the value up or down the ladder of powers and roots to make the distribution symmetric?

C. You are choosing among five transformations to remove the skewness: X2, X, ln(X), 1/ X, and 1/X . Which transformation would you choose? Use the table below to justify your answer. You may eliminate some choices are moving the wrong way up or down the ladder of powers and roots.

 HL Median HU (HU-M)/(M-HL) X X2 √X ln(X) 1/√X 1/X

What can I do to deal with 1/X or 1√X? Eliminate them?Thank you!

samuelchun24 Forum Newbie         Group: Awaiting Activation
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What happens when the median is equal to the first quartile?  Is the distribution still considered negative skewed, or is it undefined since the denominator would be 0?

Edited 7 Years Ago by samuelchun24
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