MS 150 Statistics fall 2006 Mx • Name:
Rainfall data in this midterm derives from the
Pacific El NiñoSouthern Oscillation Update, and the Western Regional Climate Center. See also Development of Annual Rainfall Distribution Map for Island of Pohnpei and Refining the RFactor for the island of Pohnpei.
Part I: Chart
Monthly mean total precipitation (rainfall) in centimeters based on data from 1/1/1953 to 12/31/2005.
 _______________ What type of chart is depicted above?
 _______________ In what month does the maximum mean total rainfall occur?
Pohnpei WSO
Month  Rain/cm 
Jun 2005  40 
Jul 2005  36 
Aug 2005  28 
Sep 2005  52 
Oct 2005  31 
Nov 2005  35 
Dec 2005  38 
Jan 2006  23 
Feb 2006  23 
Mar 2006  20 
Apr 2006  36 
May 2006  45 
Jun 2006  42 
Part II: Basic statistics, frequencies, histogram, and zscores.
The following section is based on monthly rainfall data for the twelve months from July 2005 to June 2006 provided in the table on the right.
 __________ What level of measurement is the monthly rainfall data?
 __________ Find the sample size n for the rainfall data.
 __________ Find the minimum monthly rainfall.
 __________ Find the maximum monthly rainfall.
 __________ Find the range of the monthly rainfall.
 __________ Find the median monthly rainfall.
 __________ Find the mode for the monthly rainfall.
 __________ Find the sample mean x monthly rainfall.
 __________ Find the sample standard deviation sx for the monthly rainfall.
 __________ Find the sample coefficient of variation CV.
 __________ If this data were to be divided into five bins, what would be the width of a single bin?
 Determine the frequency and calculate the relative frequency using five bins. Record your results in the table provided.
Frequency table
Bins (x)  Frequency (f)  Rel. Freq. p(x) 
_______  _______  _______ 
_______  _______  _______ 
_______  _______  _______ 
_______  _______  _______ 
_______  _______  _______ 
Sum: 
_______  _______ 
 Sketch a relative frequency histogram chart of the data here or on the back, labeling your horizontal axis and vertical axis as appropriate.
 ____________________ What is the shape of the distribution?
 ____________________ As measured at the weather service office in Kolonia, Pohnpei has a mean monthly rainfall of µ of 40 centimeters of rain with a standard deviation σ of 6. In April of this year 72 centimeters of rain fell on Nahna Laud. What is the zscore for the rainfall on Nahna Laud?
 ____________________ Was the April rainfall on Nahna Laud ordinary or extraordinary?
Part III: Linear regression
25 September 2006:
NASA Study Finds World Warmth Edging Ancient Levels. A new study by NASA scientists finds that the world's temperature is reaching a level that has not been seen in thousands of years. The study concludes that, because of a rapid warming trend over the past 30 years, the Earth is now reaching and passing through the warmest levels in the current interglacial period, which has lasted nearly 12,000 years. Recent warming is forcing species of plants and animals to move toward the north and south poles. The global warming is not evenly distributed, and the western Pacific ocean is warming while the eastern Pacific ocean has not warmed. This is expected to cause more frequent and stronger El Niño events such as those Pohnpei experienced in 1983 and 1998. An unexpected and unpredicted El Niño now appears to be
developing.
Temperature anomalies
Year (x)  Temp anomaly/°C (y) 
1880  0.00 
1900  0.05 
1920  0.10 
1940  0.20 
1960  0.30 
1980  0.50 
2000  0.75 
 __________ Calculate the slope of the linear trend line for the data. Keep at least three significant (nonzero) digits. Use Format:Cells:Numbers to increase the number of decimal places displayed.
 __________ Calculate the yintercept for the data.
 __________ Is the correlation positive, negative, or neutral?
 __________ Determine the correlation coefficient r.
 __________ Is the correlation none, low, moderate, high, or perfect?
 __________ Does the relationship appear to be linear or nonlinear?
 __________ Determine the coefficient of determination.
 __________ What percent in the variation in the years accounts for the variation in the temperature anomaly?
 __________ What will the temperature anomaly be in 2020?
 __________ When the temperature anomaly reaches 1.75 °C the planet Earth will be the warmest in the past million years. Using the slope and intercept above, calculate the year in which the temperature anomaly will be 1.75 °C.
Table of statistical functions used by OpenOffice
Statistic or Parameter 
Symbol 
Equations 
OpenOffice 
Square root 


=SQRT(number) 
Sample mean 
x 
Σx/n 
=AVERAGE(data) 
Sample standard deviation 
sx 

=STDEV(data) 
Sample Coefficient of Variation 
CV 
sx/x 
=STDEV(data)/AVERAGE(data) 
Calculate a z value from an x 
z 
^{=}

=STANDARDIZE(x;µ;σ) 
Slope 
b 

=SLOPE(y data;x data) 
Intercept 
a 

=INTERCEPT(y data;x data) 
Correlation 
r 

=CORREL(y data;x data) 
Coefficient of Determination 
r² 

=(CORREL(y data;x data))^2 
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