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The range of a distribution of values is the difference between the highest and lowest values of a variable or score. In other words, it is a single value obtained by subtracting the lowest (minimum) from the highest (maximum) value. Range provides an indication of statistical dispersion around the central tendency or the degree of spread in the data. There are several methods to indicate range, but most often it is reported as a single number, a difference score. However, in some contexts, the minimum and maximum are both presented to reflect the range as a pair of values. For example, if the data included values from 10 through 42, the range may be noted as either 32 (the difference between the highest and lowest ...

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