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Comparing Data

As a piece of Statistics coursework, I have decided to compare two

items of data, in order to prove, or disprove my theory: "A country's

position in the Commonwealth games varies accordingly to that

country's population size."

My theory is that a country's position in something such as the

Olympics or Commonwealth Games is proportional to that country's

population size. I say this because I believe that if a country has a

large population, there will be more potential athletes to choose

from.

I am doing this because I would be genuinely interested in finding out

whether or not this theory is true, and I believe that it is a theory

that many people reading this essay would be curious in finding out.

In addition, I am comparing the results from the Commonwealth Games,

instead of something as renowned as the Olympic games because the

Commonwealth Games are dominated by countries with very different

traditions and cultures. Conversely, countries that dominate the

Olympic games are countries such as France, England, or Germany, and

are all countries that live a very western way of life similar to

ours.

In order to do the comparisons that I will need to make properly, I

will use three different occasions of the Commonwealth Games, and then

make an average for the number of medals awarded for each country. I

will use the most recent of games - 2002, 1998 and 1994. I will do

this, as the data collected from these three games, will contain the

data from each of the countries that enter, since in the first games

in 1930, only a fraction of the countries that enter now entered. I

will also use fifty different c...

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1

276,607

Jamaica

11

2,680,029

Anguilla

0

12,446

0

89,211

Turks & Calcos

0

18,738

2

1,163,724

Wales

21

2,903,085

Malta

0

397,499

Isle of Man

0

76,535

Gibraltar

0

27,714

Jersey

0

89,775

Northern Ireland

6

1,685,267

Cook Islands

0

20,811

Norfolk Islands

0

1,866

Niue

0

2,134

Vanuata

0

196,178

New Zealand

40

3,908,037

Solomon Islands

0

494,786

Nauru

8

12,329

Tuvalu

0

11,146

Fiji

2

856,346

Now I must compare this data. In order to this, I will do a scatter

graph.