What makes something “normal”, and who gets to decide this?   Is “normal” in real life the same as “normal” in statistics?

The Normal Distribution

 

Required Resources

Read/review the following resources for this activity:

  • OpenStax Textbook: Chapter 2, 6, 7
  • Lesson
  • Minimum of 1 scholarly source

In your reference for this assignment, be sure to include both your text/class materials AND your outside reading(s).

Initial Post Instructions

Many variables in medicine follow a normal distribution where there are approximately an equal number of values below the mean as above the mean. Describe two variables that you work with that would probably follow a normal distribution. Also note which of the two variables would be likely to have a larger standard deviation and why.

Writing Requirements

  • Minimum of 3 posts (1 initial & 2 follow-up)
  • APA format for in-text citations and list of references

What makes something “normal”, and who gets to decide this?   Is “normal” in real life the same as “normal” in statistics?

 

When answering the discussion question this week, consider looking over these two articles: Normal Distribution(https://academic.oup.com/bjps/article-abstract/65/3/621/1497281Links to an external site.)and What Do We Mean by ‘Normal’? (https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/rethinking-mental-health/201111/what-do-we-mean-normal (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.).  One deals with normality in statistics, and one with what is considered normal in psychological terms.  Are the definitions the same, or are they different?

  • Remember to use an outside resource in the main post, which needs to be on or before Wednesday.

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