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Boxplots and the UK Living Cost and Food Survey (2010): Household Expenditure and Internet Access

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By: Rob Angell & Luke Sloan Published: 2015 | Product: SAGE Research Methods Datasets
Data Type: Survey
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Abstract

This dataset introduces readers to boxplots. Boxplots are a useful way of exploring continuous data, especially as a preliminary step before more sophisticated analyses. Boxplots, or as they are sometimes called, box-whisker diagrams allow the researcher to better understand the distribution of his or her variables, either independently or across groups. As you will also learn, boxplots are an excellent method for identifying outlying cases within the data. To demonstrate this technique, we draw upon a subset of data from the UK Living Cost and Food Survey (LCFS). We assess how weekly household expenditure is distributed across two categories: (i) those who have access to the internet, and (ii) those who have no access to the internet. This represents a worthwhile assessment for those businesses ...

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About This Dataset
Data Source Citation

Office for National Statistics and University of Manchester. Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research. UK Data Service, Living Costs and Food Survey, 2010: Unrestricted Access Teaching Dataset [computer file]. Office for National Statistics, [original data producer(s)]. Colchester, Essex: UK Data Archive [distributor], February 2013. SN: 7216

Full title of originating dataset

Living Costs and Food Survey, 2010: Unrestricted Access Teaching Dataset

Data author(s) and affiliations

Office for National Statistics University of Manchester. Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research. UK Data Service

First publication date

20 February 2013

Data Universe

Respondents to the LCFS 2010

Funding sources/suppliers

Economic and Social Research Council Higher Education Funding Councils. Joint Information Systems Committee

Sample/sampling procedures

Multi-stage stratified random sample

Weighting

Weighting used. See documentation for details

Data collection dates

2010

Time frame of analysis

2010

Unit of analysis

Individual

Location covered by data

United Kingdom

Other sources

The Living Costs and Food Survey, 2010, available from the UK Data Archive under SN 6945.

Links to SRM content
  • GRAPHICAL DISPLAYS FOR BIVARIATE DATA. (1997). In W. Jacoby (Ed.), Statistical Graphics for Univariate and Bivariate Data. (pp. 52–88). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications Inc. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781412985963.n3
  • Box-and-Whisker Diagram. (2005). In W. Paul Vogt (Ed.), Dictionary of Statistics & Methodology. (3rd ed., pp. 32–33). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781412983907.n205
List of variables

ID

Respondent ID

expenditure

Weekly Household Expenditure (grouped)

income

Weekly Household Income (grouped)

internet

Internet Connection in Household?

Methods Map
Continuous variables