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ERIC Number: EJ1166824
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0141-982X
Teaching Univariate Measures of Location-Using Loss Functions
Paolino, Jon-Paul
Teaching Statistics: An International Journal for Teachers, v40 n1 p16-23 Spr 2018
This article presents a new method for introductory teaching of the sample mean, median and mode(s) from a univariate dataset. These basic statistical concepts are taught at various levels of education from elementary school curriculums to courses at the tertiary level. These descriptive measures of location can be taught as optimized solutions to certain loss functions. Although proving these require some understanding of derivatives as used in a first year calculus course, the attained insight is valuable for higher level statistical thinking. Using the statistical computing software R, we visually illustrate the minimization of these loss functions using some example datasets.
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Language: English
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