Measure Of Dispersion Within Public And Nonprofit Administration

1805 WordsOct 19, 20158 Pages
Measure of Dispersion is a descriptive statistic that complements the measures of central tendency as it indicates how data relates to a variable and its mean. As we examine the different types of measure of dispersion within public and nonprofit administration, we will also cross-examine this idea among other academic disciplines to discover how this statistical concept is used among other researchers. In addition, we will learn the importance of the proper utilization of identifying measures of dispersion and how to fully explain this idea. This is important because if we fail to properly use the measures of dispersion, we can jeopardize the reliability of our research and the validity of our data collected. Measures of dispersion reveals to a researcher how parts of data may gather around the mean of the variable of interest. Using measures of dispersion will also allow the researcher understand the population or sample of interest to help researchers draw better conclusions. To understand measures of dispersion, we must first identify the statistical concepts that help us measure dispersion. As we progressed through primary and secondary schooling, we probably learned different mathematical concepts such as mean, median, mode, and range. These mathematical concepts may be considered easy mathematical concepts, but they are part of complex statistical ideas. Meier et al. (2015) discusses in his textbook the usage of range and other variety of dispersion measures. He

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