New Zealand
Level 6 - NCEA Level 1

# Statistical Attributes

Lesson

An attribute is defined as a specific characteristic or feature of a given subject. When we talk about statistical attributes, we mean the specific topic or subject that we want to investigate. If we can clearly identify the statistical attributes in a research project, it helps us generate clear research questions so we can make useful conclusions.

Let's look at some examples and practice identifying statistical attributes.

#### Worked Examples

##### Question 1

What statistical attributes would need to be considered if you were trying to investigate how many pets your classmates own?

1. The number of pets they own

A

How much their pets weigh.

B

The type of pets they own

C

The number of pets they own

A

How much their pets weigh.

B

The type of pets they own

C

##### QUESTION 2

What statistical attributes could be being shown in the graph to the right?

1. Number of children who travel to school and their mode of transport

A

How many people prefer each mode of transport

B

Number of teachers who travel to school and their mode of transport

C

Number of children who travel to school and their mode of transport

A

How many people prefer each mode of transport

B

Number of teachers who travel to school and their mode of transport

C

##### QUESTION 3

What statistical attribute is being compared in the bar graph?

1. Preferred sport

A

The number of hours of sport played

B

Number of boys

C

Preferred sport

A

The number of hours of sport played

B

Number of boys

C

### Outcomes

#### S6-1

Plan and conduct investigations using the statistical enquiry cycle: A justifying the variables and measures used B managing sources of variation, including through the use of random sampling C identifying and communicating features in context (trends, relationships between variables, and differences within and between distributions), using multiple displays D making informal inferences about populations from sample data E justifying findings, using displays and measures.

#### 91035

Investigate a given multivariate data set using the statistical enquiry cycle