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Investigating Mode in the Academy Awards


Investigating Mode in the Academy Awards


  • Mode
  • Mean
  • Median

Student Exploration

The Academy Awards is an award show and ceremony decided to recognizing excellence in the movie industry. Awards are given to the actors, actresses, directors, cinematographers, costume designers, and many other people that play a role in making films excellent. The Academy Awards are also referred to as the Oscars, see the following article link for a history of why http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/about/awards/oscar.html.

1. In the most recent Academy Awards what was the mode for movie nominations? And for which film?

Use the following website http://oscar.go.com/

2. In the history of the Academy Awards, what is the mode for the director awards? And for which director?
3. Now complete your own Internet search and find what is the mode for the number of times one person has hosted the Academy Awards?

Image of the Academy Awards Oscar statuette.

Extension Investigation

4. What is mean number of Oscar nominations films received in the most recent Academy Awards?
5. What is the median number of Oscar nominations received in the most recent Academy Awards?
6. The Academy Awards is one awards ceremony that determines excellence in the movie industry. If you were to survey your friends and/or classmates about their favorite films, how would you do so? Brainstorm effective methods. Then describe your method for collecting this data and then conduct your survey.
a. Calculate the mode of the data you collected.
b. Calculate the median of the data you collected.
c. Calculate the mean of the data you collected.
d. Which provided the most useful information? Explain why.

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Connections to other CK-12 Subject Areas

  • Measures of Central Tendency and Dispersion
  • Mean
  • Median

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