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1.3 Statistical Analysis of Categorical Distributions

Answering Statistical Questions on Categorical Distributions

Mode

  • The mode of categorical data refers to the category with the highest frequency.

Note: the mode of a categorical distribution is also known as the modal category, or dominant category

Example

Given the bar chart:

Bar Chart for Categorical Data

Red has the highest frequency and so it is the modal category.

Guidelines to analysing categorical distributions

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