# Summary Statistics

• ### Oh Give Me The Range

Lyric © 2015-2016 Lawrence M. Lesser
Sung to the tune of: "Home on the Range"

Oh give me a range where the cattle all graze
By the range of the mountains nearby.
You may have heard other types of this word
Like where missiles and bullets do fly:

CHORUS: Oh, give me the range,
Like the range of the notes of this song.
When melody's scanned, just one octave is spanned,
That helps us to sing along!

Let's look at the facts -- first, label the max
And the minimum value you see.
Then you subtract and report back
Their positive dif'rence to me! (Repeat Chorus)

Oh it's the first tool we learn of in school
To measure variation:
Its units align with the data assigned,
But an outlier causes inflation! (Repeat Chorus)

• ### Why the mean dog crossed the median.

Statistics Scramble!

Puzzle (PDF)
• ### Outliers

by Jacqueline Shaffer (1980 -)

Pesky data points that obstruct results,
occurring far away from others,
wishing to delete them,
but never should,
if correct.
Outliers.

• ### That's One Mean Average

Professor: I would tell you a statistics joke, but it would just be average.

Student: I would tell you your jokes are average, but that would just be mean.

Jackie Miller

• ### Burnam on Statistics

No matter how much reverence is paid to anything purporting to be "statistics," the term has no meaning unless the source, relevance, and truth are all checked.

Tom Burnam (1913-1991)

• ### DeLegge on What Statistics Say

Although numbers don't lie, it's rather annoying that they don't tell us everything we need to know. Maybe it's because 99% of all statistics only tell us 49% of the story.

Ron DeLegge II (1971 -)

• ### Merrill on Big Data

I don't like the label big data, because that suggests the key measure is how many bits you have available to use. But who cares how much data you have? With too little data, you won't be able to make any conclusions that you trust. With loads of data you will find relationships that aren't real. ... Big data isn't about bits, it's about talent.

Douglas Merrill (1970 -)

• ### Reich on Averages

Averages don't always reveal the most telling realities. You know, Shaquille O'Neal and I have an average height of 6 feet.

Robert B. Reich (1946 - )