# 3.E: Measures of Position (Optional Exercises)

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Exercise \(\PageIndex{10}\)

Listed are 29 ages for Academy Award winning best actors *in order from smallest to largest.*

18; 21; 22; 25; 26; 27; 29; 30; 31; 33; 36; 37; 41; 42; 47; 52; 55; 57; 58; 62; 64; 67; 69; 71; 72; 73; 74; 76; 77

- Find the 40
^{th}percentile. - Find the 78
^{th}percentile.

**Answer**

- The 40
^{th}percentile is 37 years. - The 78
^{th}percentile is 70 years.

Exercise \(\PageIndex{11}\)

Listed are 32 ages for Academy Award winning best actors *in order from smallest to largest.*

18; 18; 21; 22; 25; 26; 27; 29; 30; 31; 31; 33; 36; 37; 37; 41; 42; 47; 52; 55; 57; 58; 62; 64; 67; 69; 71; 72; 73; 74; 76; 77

- Find the percentile of 37.
- Find the percentile of 72.

Exercise \(\PageIndex{12}\)

Jesse was ranked 37^{th} in his graduating class of 180 students. At what percentile is Jesse’s ranking?

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Jesse graduated 37^{th} out of a class of 180 students. There are 180 – 37 = 143 students ranked below Jesse. There is one rank of 37.

\(x = 143\) and \(y = 1\). \(\dfrac{x + 0.5y}{n}(100) = \dfrac{143 + 0.5(1)}{180}(100) = 79.72\). Jesse’s rank of 37 puts him at the 80^{th} percentile.

Exercise \(\PageIndex{13}\)

- For runners in a race, a low time means a faster run. The winners in a race have the shortest running times. Is it more desirable to have a finish time with a high or a low percentile when running a race?
- The 20
^{th}percentile of run times in a particular race is 5.2 minutes. Write a sentence interpreting the 20^{th}percentile in the context of the situation. - A bicyclist in the 90
^{th}percentile of a bicycle race completed the race in 1 hour and 12 minutes. Is he among the fastest or slowest cyclists in the race? Write a sentence interpreting the 90^{th}percentile in the context of the situation.

Exercise \(\PageIndex{14}\)

- For runners in a race, a higher speed means a faster run. Is it more desirable to have a speed with a high or a low percentile when running a race?
- The 40
^{th}percentile of speeds in a particular race is 7.5 miles per hour. Write a sentence interpreting the 40^{th}percentile in the context of the situation.

**Answer**

- For runners in a race it is more desirable to have a high percentile for speed. A high percentile means a higher speed which is faster.
- 40% of runners ran at speeds of 7.5 miles per hour or less (slower). 60% of runners ran at speeds of 7.5 miles per hour or more (faster).

Exercise \(\PageIndex{15}\)

On an exam, would it be more desirable to earn a grade with a high or low percentile? Explain.

Exercise \(\PageIndex{16}\)

Mina is waiting in line at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Her wait time of 32 minutes is the 85^{th} percentile of wait times. Is that good or bad? Write a sentence interpreting the 85^{th} percentile in the context of this situation.

**Answer**

When waiting in line at the DMV, the 85^{th} percentile would be a long wait time compared to the other people waiting. 85% of people had shorter wait times than Mina. In this context, Mina would prefer a wait time corresponding to a lower percentile. 85% of people at the DMV waited 32 minutes or less. 15% of people at the DMV waited 32 minutes or longer.

Exercise \(\PageIndex{17}\)

In a survey collecting data about the salaries earned by recent college graduates, Li found that her salary was in the 78^{th} percentile. Should Li be pleased or upset by this result? Explain.

Exercise \(\PageIndex{18}\)

In a study collecting data about the repair costs of damage to automobiles in a certain type of crash tests, a certain model of car had $1,700 in damage and was in the 90^{th} percentile. Should the manufacturer and the consumer be pleased or upset by this result? Explain and write a sentence that interprets the 90^{th} percentile in the context of this problem.

**Answer**

The manufacturer and the consumer would be upset. This is a large repair cost for the damages, compared to the other cars in the sample. INTERPRETATION: 90% of the crash tested cars had damage repair costs of $1700 or less; only 10% had damage repair costs of $1700 or more.

Exercise \(\PageIndex{19}\)

The University of California has two criteria used to set admission standards for freshman to be admitted to a college in the UC system:

- Students' GPAs and scores on standardized tests (SATs and ACTs) are entered into a formula that calculates an "admissions index" score. The admissions index score is used to set eligibility standards intended to meet the goal of admitting the top 12% of high school students in the state. In this context, what percentile does the top 12% represent?
- Students whose GPAs are at or above the 96
^{th}percentile of all students at their high school are eligible (called eligible in the local context), even if they are not in the top 12% of all students in the state. What percentage of students from each high school are "eligible in the local context"?

Exercise \(\PageIndex{20}\)

Suppose that you are buying a house. You and your realtor have determined that the most expensive house you can afford is the 34^{th} percentile. The 34^{th} percentile of housing prices is $240,000 in the town you want to move to. In this town, can you afford 34% of the houses or 66% of the houses?

**Answer**

You can afford 34% of houses. 66% of the houses are too expensive for your budget. INTERPRETATION: 34% of houses cost $240,000 or less. 66% of houses cost $240,000 or more.

Use Exercise to calculate the following values:

Exercise \(\PageIndex{21}\)

First quartile = _______

Exercise \(\PageIndex{22}\)

Second quartile = median = 50^{th} percentile = _______

**Answer**

4

Exercise \(\PageIndex{23}\)

Third quartile = _______

Exercise \(\PageIndex{24}\)

Interquartile range (*IQR*) = _____ – _____ = _____

**Answer**

\(6 - 4 = 2\)

Exercise \(\PageIndex{25}\)

10^{th} percentile = _______

Exercise \(\PageIndex{26}\)

70^{th} percentile = _______

**Answer**

6