ERIC Number: ED478326
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
When Using the Mean is Meaningless: Examples from Probability Theory and Cardiology.
Liebovitch, Larry S.; Todorov, Angelo T.; Wood, Mark A.; Ellenbogen, Kenneth A.
This chapter describes how the mean of fractal processes does not exist and is not a meaningful measure of some data. It discusses how important it is to stay open to the possibility that sometimes analytic techniques fail to satisfy some assumptions on which the mean is based. (KHR)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematics Education, Research Design, Research Methodology, Statistics
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., 10 Industrial Avenue, Mahwah, NJ 07430. Web site: http://www.erlbaum.com.
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Kelly, Anthony E. and Richard Lesh, Handbook of Research Design in Mathematics and Science Education, Mahwah, NJ, Lawrence Erlbaum, 1999. p913-26.