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U.S. Census data for San Luis Obispo County, California, were used to construct the following frequency distribution for commute time (in minutes) of working adults (the given frequencies were read from a graph that appeared in the San Luis Obispo Tribune [Sep tem ber 1, 2002] and so are only approximate):
a. Notice that not all intervals in the frequency distribution are equal in width. Why do you think that unequal width intervals were used?
b. Construct a table that adds a relative frequency and a density column to the given frequency distribution (see Example
3.17).
c. Use the densities computed in Part (b) to construct a histogram for this data set. (Note: The newspaper displayed an incorrectly drawn histogram based on frequencies rather than densities!) Write a few sentences commenting on the important features of the histogram.
d. Compute the cumulative relative frequencies, and construct a cumulative relative frequency plot.
e. Use the cumulative relative frequency plot constructed in Part (d) to answer the following questions. i. Approximately what proportion of commute times were less than 50 minutes?
ii. Approximately what proportion of commute times was greater than 22 minutes? iii. What is the approximate commute time value that separates the shortest 50% of commute times from the longest 50%?


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