Question Video: Identifying Statistical Questions

Determine whether the following is a statistical question: How tall are you?

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Determine whether the following is a statistical question: how tall are you?

So we want to decide whether this question is statistical. A statistical question is one that can be answered by collecting data and there will be variability in that data. So when it asks us how tall are you, there won’t be any variability in that data. You simply measure your height and tell them. So our answer would be no.

Now, a statistical question might be how do you travel to work? Someone may drive, someone may walk, someone may take a train, someone may take a subway, someone may take a cab. So there is variability in those answers. But when someone asks us how tall we are, there won’t be any variability. So our answer is no.

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