Central Tendency Worksheet (PC Version)

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Find the mean, median, and mode values for each of the following four sets of data.

To do this work we will employ the same strategy that we have used in earlier examples:
  1. Insert the USB drive
  2. Create a new folder (directory) to hold our work
  3. Copy copy our model.R file to the new directory
  4. Rename the new file
  5. Start RStudio by double clickng on the new file
  6. Put the desired commands into the editor pane
  7. Save that that work in the file
  8. Perform the commands by highlighting the commands that we want to run, then pressing the Run icon.
  9. Observe the results in the Console pane
  10. Finally, close RStudio
  11. Safely remove the USB drive

Let us start the process.

Insert the USB drive. On a our Windows machine this caused the File Explorer to open a window such as the one shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1

Click on the New Folder icon to get Figure 2.

Figure 2

Rather than use the default folder name, New Folder of Figure 2, type in a new name. For this project I used .

Once the folder has been created and renamed, we locate the model.R file in the list, point to it and right click to open the window shown in Figure 3.

Figure 3

In that window we select the Copy option.

After that we return to find our worksheet1 directory and we double click on it to open the newly created empty directory shown in Figure 4.

Figure 4

Then point to an open area, right click, and you should see the small window in Figure 5.

Figure 5

There you want to select the Paste option to get the copy of the file put into our new directory.

Figure 6

We can rename the file (click on it once, wait a second, and click again to highlight the name of the file as shown in Figure 7.

Figure 7

Then we can supply the new name . Once that is in place we can double click on the new file name to open RStudio, shown in Figure 8.

Figure 8

A closer examination of the Editor pane is shown in Figure 9. This is just what we expect since we know this to be the contents of the original modl.R file.

Figure 9

However, we want different commands.

The commands that we want are:
   # commands to do work sheet 1
   # first we will load the required functions
   # Then we need to generate each set of data and 
   # follow that with the commands to find the
   # mean, median, and mode of that data.

Figure 10 shows the Editor when it had the first 17 of those lines in it.

Figure 10

Figure 11 shows the Editor pane after all the lines have been entered.

Figure 11

We notice that the name of the file, ws01.R shown in the file tab is displayed in red. That is an indication that the contents of the file have yet to be saved. We click on the icon to save the file. That will change the file name to be black, as we see in Figure 12.

Figure 12

If we turn our attention to the lower right pane in the RStudio window, and if we click on the Files tab there, we will see that our file is there and that it holds the 563 bytes that we put into it. This is shown in Figure 13.

Figure 13

Now we are ready to run all of the commands that we prepared. We could highlight and run all of the commands in the Editor pane, but if we did so we would have to scroll through the Console display to see all of the results. Instead, here, we will select just the commands that we want to see at each step of the process.

Figure 14 shows that we can highlight the commands that load our functions (lines 3 and 4) and the commands to generate, view, and find the answers for the data in table 1.

Figure 14

Once that is highlighted, we click on the icon to have those commands performed. We can see the result in the Console pane, shown in Figure 15.

We should verify that the values shown for L1 in Figure 15 are identical to the values we were given in  1.

Figure 15

Then, reading the rest of Figure 15, w see that the mean is 473.7727, the median is 474, and the mode is 478, a value that appears 13 times in the data.

We should also note in the Environment pane, Figure 16, that we have the variables and the functions that we expect to be defined.

Figure 16

Now we are ready to work with the data in Table 2. Therefore, we highlight the appropirate commands in the Editor pane (lines 13 through 17), as shown in Figure 17. Then press the icon.

Figure 17

Figure 18 shows the results of thos commands. Again we verify that the values displayed are identical to those in Table 2. And we find that the mean is 63.56383, the median is 63, and the mode is 59, a value that appears 16 times in the data.

Figure 18

Returning to the Editor pane we highlight the next set of commands.

Figure 19

Then we run them to get Figure 20.

Figure 20

Again we verify that the values displayed are identical to those in Table 3. And we find that the mean is 332, the median is 332, and the mode is 335, a value that appears 17 times in the data.

That leaves just the last set of commands to highlight, as shown in Figure 21.

Figure 21

Then we run them to get Figure 22.

Figure 22

Again we verify that the values displayed are identical to those in Table 4. And we find that the mean is 134.6374, the median is 134, and the mode is 133, a value that appears 13 times in the data.

We have found all the values we needed to find. Therefore, we can quit R via the q() command shown in Figure 23.

Figure 23

Once we have left RStudio, we can see, in Figure 24, the File Explorer shows that we have three files in our directory.

Figure 24

All that is left to do is to safely remove the USB drive. On the computer used here the icon to allow this was displayed on the lower right of the screen. When the mouse pointer was placed over the icon the small message window shown in Figure 25 became visible.

Figure 25

When I actually clicked on the icon I got the options shown in Figure 26. There I clicked on the appropriate choice, in this case that was F:, and I got a message that it was safe to remove the drive.

Figure 26

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©Roger M. Palay     Saline, MI 48176     September, 2016