Write a 750-1000 word statistical laboratory report using the guidelines in the assigned article, “How to Write a Statistical Report.” This statistical report is not meant to be an APA report or a multiple-page scholarly treatise. The goal is that you become familiar with the formal report format that you will use whenever you are reporting statistical analysis. The report format includes the following sections: Abstract, Purpose, Methods, and Results.
Assume that you are asked to perform an exploratory data analysis in which the emphasis is to compare the difference between the body mass index (BMI) values of men and women. Use Excel and/or SPSS to create reports and run analyses on the data for the Data Set 1 in Appendix B of your textbook.
Assume you are a biostatistics analyst and you received a request from the director of the nutrition program to perform the analysis. The director is developing an obesity program for the state and has obtained the data set from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). Because it has been some time since the director has had a statistics course, any points that would make your analysis easier to understand would be appreciated.
Generate appropriate histograms or box plots. Find appropriate statistics that will help to understand the data set. Are there any notable features? Are there any outliers? Describe the key elements of center, variation, distribution, and outliers.
A minimum of three scholarly references are required.
While APA format is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and in-text citations and references should be presented using APA documentation guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.
This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.
You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. Refer to the directions in the Student Success Center.
BMI Statistical Report Rubric
Less Than Satisfactory
|10.0 %Abstract (Summarize your report. Include the purpose of the report, major findings, statistical methods used, and your conclusions.)||The Abstract was not contained in the report.||Significant portions of the Abstract were not contained in the report.||Two portions of the Abstract were not contained in the report.||One portion of the Abstract was not contained in the report.||All portions of the Abstract were contained in the report.|
|10.0 %Purpose (Briefly explain the report’s purpose, its importance, and why your readers should care about the report. You must describe the statistical approach you applied and your thesis.)||The Purpose was not contained in the report.||Significant portions of the Purpose were not contained in the report.||Two portions of the Purpose were not contained in the report.||One portion of the Purpose was not contained in the report.||All portions of the Purpose were contained in the report.|
|30.0 %Methods (Briefly explain your research design, variables, and statistical methods. For statistical methods, do not give a theoretical discussion; instead, simply explain how you used a certain statistical method.)||The Methods were not contained in the report.||Significant portions of the Methods were not contained in the report.||Two portions of the Methods were not contained in the report.||One portion of the Methods was not contained in the report.||All portions of the Methods were contained in the report.|
|40.0 %Results (Analyze your statistics and report your findings. Show the applicable graphs, charts, or tables.)||The Results were not contained in the report.||Significant portions of the Results were not contained in the report.||Two portions of the Results were not contained in the report.||One portion of the Results was not contained in the report.||All portions of the Results were contained in the report.|
|5.0 %Organization and Effectiveness|
|5.0 %Mechanics of Writing (includes spelling, punctuation, grammar, language use)||Surface errors are pervasive enough that they impede communication of meaning. Inappropriate word choice and/or sentence construction are used.||Frequent and repetitive mechanical errors distract the reader. Inconsistencies in language choice (register), sentence structure, and/or word choice are present.||Some mechanical errors or typos are present, but are not overly distracting to the reader. Correct sentence structure and audience-appropriate language are used.||Prose is largely free of mechanical errors, although a few may be present. A variety of sentence structures and effective figures of speech are used.||Writer is clearly in command of standard, written, academic English.|
|5.0 %Paper Format (Use of appropriate style for the major and assignment)||Template is not used appropriately or documentation format is rarely followed correctly.||Appropriate template is used, but some elements are missing or mistaken. A lack of control with formatting is apparent.||Appropriate template is used. Formatting is correct, although some minor errors may be present.||Appropriate template is fully used. There are virtually no errors in formatting style.||All format elements are correct.|
|100 %Total Weightage|