Social Studies 201

Fall 2004

Problem Set 1

Due Monday, September 20, 2004

2. Use the questionnaire of the Survey of Student Attitudes and Experiences Fall 1998 (SSAE98) for this question. For each of que stions 17, 45, 33, 43, 49 in the questionnaire, (i) clearly identify or name the variable in the question; (ii) state the highest level of measurement the variable has (nominal, ordinal, interval, or ratio), explaining your reasoning; and (iii) for each v ariable, explain whether it is discrete or continuous.
3. The data in Tables 1a and 1b report the annual hours volunteers in two age groups said they spent volunteering for cultural and recreational organizations. The numbers in the table are ada pted from data about Saskatchewan respondents in the National Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating, 1997, conducted by Statistics Canada. Construct an (i) unordered and (ii) ordered stem-and-leaf display for each of the two age groups. (iii) From the stem-and-leaf displays construct frequency distribution tables of annual hours spent volunteering for cultural and recreational organizations for each of the two age groups. (iv) In words, briefly describe and compare the frequency distr ibutions.
4. Table 2 contains frequency distributions of annual hours worked at jobs for all Saskatchewan respondents and for those in two different age groups. These data come from Saskatchewan respondents in the Survey of Labour and Income Dy namics, a cross-Canada survey of adults, conducted by Statistics Canada. Use these data to construct a histogram for the distribution of annual hours worked at jobs (a) for respondents aged 15-24 and (b) for respondents aged 35-44. In words, briefly comment on similarities and differences between the two distributions.

Table 1a. Annual number of hours spent volunteering for culture and recreational organizations, 1997 fifty-eight Sask atchewan 15-24 year old volunteers

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 44 80 16 4 1 32 21 11 11 60 12 1 63 101 42 15 4 5 5 58 45 32 24 18 120 5 24 25 7 93 120 112 1 2 3 35 60 95 38 2 46 45 22 108 49 53 10 6 90 60 4 54 6 105 75 5 4

Table 1b. Annual number of hours spent volunteering for culture and recreational organizations, 1997 thirty-five 55-64 year old volunteers

 3 61 72 22 12 27 72 77 90 104 139 48 12 32 68 58 120 40 12 4 140 104 50 51 81 34 5 64 29 180 125 58 8 170 42

Source: Adapted from Statistics Canada. National Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating, 1997: Main file [machine readable data file]. Ottawa, Ontario, Statis wtics Canada. August 20, 1999.

Table 2. Annual hours worked at jobs, 1999, by age, Saskatchewan respondents

 Annual hours worked at jobs Number of respondents by age All ages Ages 15-24 Ages 35-44 250-750 264 129 39 750-1,250 259 91 44 1,250-1,750 340 93 74 1,750-2,250 1,134 132 380 2,250-2,750 232 34 63 2,750 plus 257 23 84 Total 2,486 502 684

Source: Adapted from Stat istics Canada. Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics (SLID), 1999: Person file [machine readable data file]. Release 1 Edition. Ottawa, ON: Statistics Canada. 4/16/2003.