Hoges still twists the knife on the box office

This article contains a large data set which could be the basis of many classroom activities. The data are provided in a table (see Student Questions) which can be copied into a spreadsheet for easier manipulation (it is unlikely students would be motivated to do much with the data set by hand). Students could be given the task of choosing a way to display the data effectively (e.g., ordered, categorised or totalled by year, categorised by type of movie, as a histogram). They could calculate statistics, such as the mean, median, standard deviation, range, or create one or more box plots to make comparisons. Students should discuss whether they think how old the movie was could affect its earnings. It would be possible to year against earnings and see if there appears to be any relationship.

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