# Question

The first two columns of the following table provide a frequency distribution, using limit grouping, for the days to maturity of 40 short-term investments, as found in BARRON’S. The third column shows the class marks.
a. Use the grouped-data formulas to estimate the sample mean and sample standard deviation of the days-to-maturity data. Round your final answers to one decimal place.
b. The following table gives the raw days-to-maturity data.
Using Definitions 3.4 and 3.6 on pages 95 and 105, respectively, gives the true sample mean and sample standard deviation of the days-to-maturity data as 68.3 and 16.7, respectively, rounded to one decimal place. Compare these actual values of ¯ x and s to the estimates from part (a). Explain why the grouped-data formulas generally yield only approximations to the sample mean and sample standard deviation for non–single-value grouping.

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