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Session 2, Part C: Frequency Tables
 
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Session 2, Part C:
Frequency Tables

In This Part: Making a Table | Cumulative Frequencies | Another Method
Intervals and Ranges

We use cumulative frequencies to describe intervals and ranges of data. For example, consider the boxes with between 27 and 29 raisins, inclusively, which are represented in blue on the line plot:

Intervals dot plot

The number of boxes with between 27 and 29 raisins (12) is easy to determine from this line plot, but in problems with very large data sets, this might not be the case.

Here's how a cumulative frequency table can be used to answer the question of how many boxes have between 27 and 29 raisins, inclusively. First, look at the number of boxes with counts of 29 or smaller. There are 15 of these, represented in red on the frequency table and line plot:

Raisin Count

Frequency

Cumulative Frequency

25

1

1

26

2

3

27

3

6

28

5

11

29

4

15

30

1

16

31

1

17

  Intervals dot plot

Remove the boxes that have fewer than 27 raisins. There are three of these, highlighted in green on the frequency table and line plot:

Raisin Count

Frequency

Cumulative Frequency

25

1

1

26

2

3

27

3

6

28

5

11

29

4

15

30

1

16

31

1

17

 

The number of remaining boxes is:
15 - 3 = 12

Therefore, there are 12 boxes that contain between 27 and 29 raisins.

Problem C8

Solution  

Use the method described above to find the following:

a. 

The number of boxes that contain between 26 and 30 raisins, inclusively

b. 

The number of boxes that contain between 27 and 31 raisins, inclusively

c. 

The number of boxes that contain more than 28 raisins


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