- To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
- Subject: [mg18214] quartiles
- From: "Tom De Vries" <tdevries at shop.westworld.ca>
- Date: Tue, 22 Jun 1999 20:41:10 -0400
- Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com
I am working with some statistics problems and have a question about finding
quartiles for a set of data
Load in the package
create a set of data
ask for the quartiles
and this is the response
At this point I am probably revealing my ignorance of statistics....
The lower quartile is the median of the values below the median, which I get
The upper quartile should be the median of the numbers above the median, so
why is it 55000?
Does Mathematica use some algorithm to get rid of outliers before finding
quartiles, or does it eliminate the median from the data set before finding
the quartiles, .....?
The set of data I used as an example was taken from the math text I am using
and the answer the text supplies, and the answer I think I should get, is
different from the one Mathematica gets. I would appreciate any advice on this!
Tom De Vries
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