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Intro to Data Types and Graphing Lab

By Stephanie Spera

University of Richmond

This is the third lab in an Introductory Physical Geography/Environmental Studies course. It introduces students to different data types (qualitative vs quantitative), basic statistical analyses (correlation analysis s, t-test), and graphing...

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Version 1.0 - published on 09 Jun 2020 doi:10.25334/JK60-TQ48 - cite this Last public release: 2.0

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At the end of this lab (designed for one 3-hour lab period), students should be able to:

  • Define and distinguish between different types of data (qualitative and quantitative)
  • Explain what a correlation analysis is and when it should be applied
  • Explain what a t-test is and when it should be applied
  • Decide which graph is appropriate based appropriate graphs given different datasets and hypotheses
  • Understand that correlation does not imply causation


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