Assignment: Descriptive Statistics


Visit one of the following newspapers’ websites: USA Today, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, or Washington Post. Select an article that uses statistical data related to a current event, your major, your current field, or your future career goal. The chosen article must have a publication date during this quarter.

The article should use one of the following categories of descriptive statistics:

  • Measures of Frequency – Counting Rules, Percent, Frequency, Frequency Distributions
  • Measures of Central Tendency – Mean, Median, Mode
  • Measures of Dispersion or Variation – Range, Variance, Standard Deviation
  • Measures of Position – Percentile, Quartiles

Write a two to three (2-3) page paper in which you:

  • Write a summary of the article.
  • Explain how the article uses descriptive statistics.
  • Explain how the article
  • applies to the real world, your major, your current job, or your future career goal.
  • Analyze the reasons why the article chose to use the various types of data shared in the article.

Format your paper according to the Strayer Writing Standards. Please take a moment to review the SWS documentation for details