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Question 4:

The lengths of 40 leaves of a plant are measured correct to the nearest millimeter, and the data obtained is represented in the following table:

Length (in mm)

Number or leaves fi

118 − 126

3

127 − 135

5

136 − 144

9

145 − 153

12

154 − 162

5

163 − 171

4

172 − 180

2

Find the median length of the leaves.

(Hint: The data needs to be converted to continuous classes for finding the median, since the formula assumes continuous classes. The classes then change to 117.5 − 126.5, 126.5 − 135.5… 171.5 − 180.5)

Answer:

The given data does not have continuous class intervals. It can be observed that the difference between two class intervals is 1. Therefore, has to be added and subtracted to upper class limits and lower class limits respectively.

Continuous class intervals with respective cumulative frequencies can be represented as follows.

Length (in mm)

Number ...

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