Frequency Distributions: A Data-Driven Learning Guide Go to Resource


Frequency distributions are tables that tell something about a particular variable by showing the number and percentage of people who chose a particular answer to the survey question. Examining these tables gives researchers and readers an easy summary of various characteristics of the people responding to the survey or question.

This exercise provides an introduction to univariate analysis through frequency distributions. You will learn why basic frequency tables are important and how they are read and interpreted. The data used here give a sense of Americans' attitudes about the President in 2005.

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