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### Course: Math (NSDC) - English > Unit 9

Lesson 5: Frequency distribution# Frequency tables & dot plots

Frequency tables and dot plots are handy tools in data representation. Frequency tables show how often each value appears, while dot plots provide a visual depiction of this information. These tools can be used to answer various questions about the data.

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- why dose math have so many different words that all meen the same thing!(163 votes)
- Don't blame it on math. Words are English language and in English we have many words that mean the same thing. This makes it a little more challenging to translate words into math symbols.(97 votes)

- How to find the median on a dot plot?(37 votes)
- The MEDIAN is the
**middle**number of the dot plot

if we had a list with consecutive numbers from 1 to 100 arranged from smallest to biggest the middle of the dot plot would be 50 and 51 but we want to find the middle, the MOST middle, that is why we get the middle, 50.5... that is your answer.*I hope that helps :D*(16 votes)

- How does one determine the typical number? Is it the same as the average?(45 votes)
- because htere are certain things in the tipical avrege(5 votes)

- Why are there so many different types of plots? Such as histograms, box plots, bar graphs, pie charts, etc. Can't we just use ONE type of graph?(18 votes)
- no because some children learn better with different charts and sometimes it is just easier in other charts(20 votes)

- I've already learned about dot plots but how can I estimate center using this?(please help me)(15 votes)
- Do you mean the median?

In order to find the median, order**all**the numbers from least to greatest, then count how many numbers are there. By counting them you can see which ones are in the middle because if the result is an odd number then there will be just ONE center number, and that's the median.

But if the amount is even then that means there will be TWO numbers in the middle. If there are two middle numbers, then add the two numbers together and then divide it by two. The sum of that is the median.

Sorry if this was confusing, I hope it helped! If you're still confused then let me know and I, or someone else, can try to explain it a different way.(26 votes)

- How do you find mean on a dot plot?(8 votes)
- Add up all of the numbers in the dot pot. For example, if there were 3 dots on 1, 4 dots on 2, and 3 dots on 3, you would find the average of 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3. I hope that helped. If it didn't, comment on this reply and I will try to help you again.(20 votes)

- What is a typical value of a dot plot?(10 votes)
- The typical value of a dot plot is the 'center' value of the dot plot. To find it, count the number of dots in the dot plot(for example, 30). Then, divide the number of dots by 2(which would be 30/2=15). Then, start counting the dots and stop at the dot which is at half of the number of the dots(which would be the 15th dot in our example). Check the value corresponding to that dot. That will give you the typical value of the dot plot. I hope that answers your question.(15 votes)

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- there are no videos on center yet(I think that is the same thing) but there are quizzes on it, that gets confusing. Maybye the video is on a lower level? I don't know why they expect us to know it though.(6 votes)

- At6:23, Sal says something like "There's no 13, so 12 is the maximum..." And Sal then states that 7 is the range. Why isn't it 5? Because there are no 11 or 8 year olds in the class. But he also excludes all numbers greater than 12. Why?(6 votes)
- to get the range you subtract the bigger number from the smallest number and in this case it is 12-5= 8 so 8 is the range, and 5 is the minimum.(4 votes)

## Video transcript

- [Voiceover] What I have
here is a list of ages of the students in a class. And what I wanna explore in this video is different ways of
representing this data, and then see if we can answer
questions about the data. The first way we can think about
it is as a frequency table. Frequency table. Frequency table. What we're gonna do is,
we're gonna look at each ... for each age, for each possible age that we've measured here, see how many students in
the class are of that age. So we could say, the age is one column, and then the number, the number of students of that age ... Or we could even say, the frequency. Frequency. When people say, "How
frequent do you do something?" They're saying, "How often does it happen? "How often do you do that thing?" Frequency. Or we could also say ... Actually, I'll just write "number." I'm always a fan of the simpler. Number at age, which
we could also consider the frequency at that age. Frequency of students. All right. So what's the
lowest age that we have here? Well, the lowest age is five. So I'll start with five. And how many students in
the class are age five? How frequent is the number five? Let's see, there is one, two. Let me keep scanning. Looks like there's only two fives. So I could write a two here. There are two fives. And now let's go to six. How many sixes are there? Let's see, there is one six. There's only one
six-year-old in the class. All right. Seven-year-olds. See, there's one, two, three, four seven-year-olds. Four seven-year-olds. Now, what about eight-year-olds? Eight-year-olds, I'm gonna use a color that I have not used yet. Eight-year-olds, we
have no eight-year-olds. Zero eight-year-olds. And then we have nine-year-olds. Let's see. Nine-year-olds, we have one, two, three, four nine-year-olds. Four nine-year-olds. 10-year-olds? What do we have? We have one 10-year-old, right over there. And then 11-year-olds. 11-year-olds, there are no 11-year-olds. And then, let me scroll up a little bit. And then finally, 12-year-olds. 12-year-olds, there are
one, two 12-year-olds. So what we have just constructed
is a frequency table. It's a frequency table. You can see, you can see for each age, how many students are at that age? So it's giving you the same
information as we have up here. You could take this table and construct what we have up here. You would just write down two fives, one six, four sevens, no eights, four nines, one 10, no 11s, and two 12s, and then you would just
have this list of numbers. Now, a way to visually
look at a frequency table is a dot plot. So let me draw a dot plot right over here. A dot plot. And a dot plot, we essentially just take the same information, and even
think about it the same way. But we just show it visually. In a dot plot, what we would have ... In a dot plot, what we would have ... Actually, let me just not
draw an even arrow there. We have the different age groups, so five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10, 11, and 12, and we have a dot to represent, or we use a dot for each
student at that age. So there's two five-year-olds,
so I'll do two dots. One, and two. There's one six-year-old, so that's gonna be one dot, right over here. There's four seven-year-olds, so one, two, three, four dots. There's no eight-year-olds. There's four nine-year-olds, so one, two, three, and four. There's one 10-year-old. So let's put a dot, one dot, right over there for that one 10-year-old. There's no 11-year-olds. I'm not gonna put any dots there. And then there's two 12-year-olds. So one 12-year-old, and another 12-year-old. So there you go, we
have a frequency table, dot plot, list of numbers. These are all showing the same data, just in different ways. Once you have it represented
in any of these ways, we can start to ask questions about it. So we could say, "What is
the most frequent age?" Well, the most frequent age, when you look at it visually, or the easiest thing might be just to look at the dot plot
because you see visually, the most frequent age are
the two highest stacks. There's actually seven and nine are tied for the most frequent age. You'd have also seen it here, where seven and nine are tied at four. And if you just had this data, you would actually, you'd
have to count all of them to kind of come up with this again and say, "Okay, there's
four sevens, four nines. "That's the largest number." So this is, if you're looking for, what's the most frequent age? When you just visually inspect here, probably pops out at you the fastest. But there's other questions
we can ask ourselves. We can ask ourselves, "What is the range? "What is the range of
ages in the classroom?" And this is once again
where maybe the dot plot jumps out at you the most, because the range is
just the maximum age ... or, the maximum data point
minus the minimum data point. So what's the maximum age here? Well, the maximum age here, we see it from the dot plot, is 12. And the minimum age
here, you see, is five. So there's a range of seven. The difference between the
maximum and the minimum is seven. But you could have also
done that over here. You could say, "The
maximum age here is 12. "Minimum age here is five. "And so let's subtract ..." You find the difference between
12 and five, which is seven. Here, you'd have done ... You still could have done it. You'd say, "Okay, what's the lowest? "Let's see, five. Are
there any fours here? "Nope, there's no fours. "So five's the minimum age. "And what's the largest? "Is it seven? No. "Is it nine? Nine, maybe 10. "Oh, 12. 12. "Are there any 13s? No. "12 is the maximum." So you say, "12 minus five
is seven" to get the range. But then we could ask
ourselves other questions. We could say, "How many ... "How many older ... "older than nine?" is a question we could ask ourselves. And then, if we were to
look at the dot plot, we'd say, "Okay, this is nine." And we'd care about how
many are older than nine. So that would be this one, two and three. Or you could look over here. How many are older than nine? Well, it's the one person who's 10 and then the two who are 12. So there are three. And over here, if you said,
"How many are older than nine?" Well, then you'd just have
to go through the list and say, "Okay, no,
no, no, no, no, no, no, "okay, here, one, two, three." And then not that person right over there. So hopefully you ... This is just an appreciation for yet another two
ways of looking at data, frequency tables and dot plots.