Statistics - June 2006, Stage 3&4

Problems

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Substitution Cipher

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Find the frequency distribution for ordinary English, and use it to help you crack the code.

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Archery

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Imagine picking up a bow and some arrows and attempting to hit the target a few times. Can you work out the settings for the sight that give you the best chance of gaining a high score?

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The Mean Problem

Stage: 3 Short Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Can you work out the four unknown numbers from the clues about their means?

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Top Coach

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Carry out some time trials and gather some data to help you decide on the best training regime for your rowing crew.

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Litov's Mean Value Theorem

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Start with two numbers and generate a sequence where the next number is the mean of the last two numbers...

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The Rescaled Map

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

We use statistics to give ourselves an informed view on a subject of interest. This problem explores how to scale countries on a map to represent characteristics other than land area.