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?

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?

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?