Exercise: VAS stress from the 2005 questionnaire

In this exercise we shall look at some data from the 2005 M.Sc. questionnaire.

The following graph shows the distribution of stress recorded on a 100mm visual analogue scale (VAS):

See detailed description at d. d

The stress question originally went from highest stress = 0 to lowest stress = 100. This has been reversed so that a high score = high stress.


1. What kind of variable is VAS stress?

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2. What kind of graph is this?

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3. Where are the mode, the lower tail and the upper tail of this distribution?

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4. How would you describe the shape of the distribution and why?

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5. From the graph, approximately what would you estimate the median and the first and third quartiles to be? Where would they appear along the horizontal axis?

Check suggested answer 5.

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