- CFA Exams
- CFA Level I Exam
- Topic 1. Quantitative Methods
- Learning Module 2. Organizing, Visualizing, and Describing Data
- Subject 6. Measures of Central Tendency

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**CFA Practice Question**

For a physics course containing 11 students, the maximum point total for the quarter was 200. The point totals for the 11 students are given in the stem plot below.

II. We can compute the mean number of points for the 11 students from the information in the stem plot.

III. Because of the small sample size, it would be impossible to split the stems in this stem plot.

Which of the following statements is (are) true about the stem plot?

I. Because there are 7 stems, the median must be contained in the 4th smallest stem and be between 140 and 150.

II. We can compute the mean number of points for the 11 students from the information in the stem plot.

III. Because of the small sample size, it would be impossible to split the stems in this stem plot.

Correct Answer: II only

II. The stem plot gives the individual observations, so it is possible to compute the value of any summary statistics from the stem plot.

III. You can always split the stems, regardless of the sample size. In this example, you wouldn't want to, because there would be too few leaves in each stem, making it difficult to get an overall impression of the shape.

I. The median must be computed as the middle observation, not the middle stem, and, depending on the shape of the distribution, the middle observation does not necessarily need to be contained in the middle stem.

II. The stem plot gives the individual observations, so it is possible to compute the value of any summary statistics from the stem plot.

III. You can always split the stems, regardless of the sample size. In this example, you wouldn't want to, because there would be too few leaves in each stem, making it difficult to get an overall impression of the shape.

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**User Contributed Comments**
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bublik |
A reminder of what a stemplot is and how it is constructed look here: mathforum.org/library/drmath/view/54392.html |

sunilcfa |
Thank You Bublik... nice link |

gaur |
Thanks bublink...great link |

albert2008 |
Here's another explanation that's intuitive. http://www.regentsprep.org/regents/math/data/stemleaf.htm |

thekid |
CHeeRS bublik. |

anniepass |
Thanks for good link |

sharky7 |
Extremely useful bublik!! |