Visit one of the following newspapers’ websites: USA Today, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, or Washington Post. Select an article that uses statistical data related to a current event, your major, your current field, or your future career goal. The chosen article must have been published after the start of this term.
Examples may include:
- Elections/exit polls
- Award shows (Oscars/Emmys/Grammys)
- Economy/job market
- Gender equality
- Human rights issues
The article should use one or more of the following categories of descriptive statistics:
- Measures of Frequency – Counting Rules, Percent, Frequency, Frequency Distributions
- Measures of Central Tendency – Mean, Median, Mode
- Measures of Dispersion or Variation – Range, Variance, Standard Deviation
- Measures of Position – Percentile, Quartiles
Title of Presentation:
Title of Article (include name of publication and publishing date):
- Provide a summary of the article you have chosen by identifying the purpose and what real-world problem it is addressing/trying to solve. (Bulleted format is acceptable).
- Explain what category(s) of descriptive statistics is used in the study and how it is used to communicate the information found in the study and/or any conclusions/solutions posed (1–2 paragraphs).
- Explain how the article applies to the real world, your major, your current job, or your future career goal (1–2 paragraphs).
- What solutions do you recommend based on analysis of data and conclusions drawn?
An additional part of the application process requires you to create a presentation based on the information provided above. To do so, choose an audience (outside of the field of mathematics) that could benefit from the information you will present:
- Create one visualization of the data appropriate for the conference audience (1 slide). Note: If the article already contains a visual, you must create a different type of graph or chart.
- Explain how the audience can benefit from the data (1 slide).
- Recommend your identified solutions using language appropriate for the audience.
In the notes section of your final slide, answer the following questions in 1–2 paragraphs:
- Explain why you chose the audience you identified above.
- Describe how the language, purpose, and visuals used in the presentation are appropriate for the audience.
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