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10-106.
1. Duncan is testing two types of memory chips (W and Z) for performance and reliability. One test involves a measurement of the maximum electrical current in milliamperes required by the chip when storing and retrieving 14 different data sets. A lower required current means greater energy efficiency.​ 10-106 HW eTool (Desmos). Homework Help ✎

2.  Data Set: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N Chip W 130 130 132 132 133 133 133 134 135 135 135 137 137 137 checksum 1873 Chip Z 129 131 131 132 132 132 133 133 133 133 134 137 138 140 checksum 1868
1. When Duncan was trying to summarize the data, he found the IQR for chip W is larger, but the standard deviation for chip Z was larger. Both are measures of spread. How can they be conflicting? Use combination histogram and boxplots in your explanation.

2. Which chip should Duncan recommend to the manufacturer? Justify your choice.

The IQR can be seen on the boxplot as the length of the box portion.
Does the boxplot for chip W have a larger box than the boxplot for chip Z?
Outliers affect standard deviation, but not the IQR.
Does chip W have more outliers than chip Z?

Which chip has a lower average energy use? Is it consistent?
Does each seem to have it benefits and drawbacks?

Chip W tends to be more energy efficient. It also has a smaller IQR.
However, it has outliers, so these could indicate a reliability problem.

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