posted by Yvette .
c. Compare the two sets and describe what you discover.
The following data sets shows the ages of the first seven presidents (President Washington through President Jackson) and the seven most recent presidents including President Obama. Age is given at time of inauguration.
First 7: 57 61 57 57 58 57 61
Second 7: 61 52 69 64 46 54 47
I think I would calculate the mean, standard deviation (n-1), and range.
You might even then do a statistical test.
Find the mean first = sum of scores/number of scores
Subtract each of the scores from the mean and square each difference. Find the sum of these squares. Divide that by the number of scores to get variance.
Standard deviation = square root of variance
To compare difference between means:
Ho: mean1 = mean2
Ha: mean1 ≠ mean2
Z = (mean1 - mean2)/standard error (SE) of difference between means
SEdiff = √(SEmean1^2 + SEmean2^2)
SEm = SD/√(n-1)
Find table in the back of your statistics text labeled something like "areas under normal distribution" to find the proportion related to the Z score to find if the difference is significant.