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Phase One: Flagler College Students and Travel in 2018
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Phase One: Flagler College Students and Travel in 2018


Introduction

This report concerns itself with Flagler College students’ perception of travel. The Fall 2018 survey collected data on students’ vacation preferences, their experience, opinion of its merit, and their interest in study abroad programs.


Data Collection

Our sample consists of 150 students currently enrolled in the fall semester of MAT 223, Statistics. The population, however, is the entire student body at Flagler College. This may create potential bias considering that only students taken math were sampled. For example, this general education course is popular with underclassmen, whose experiences with travel may be more limited than an older student.

 

Survey Questions

 

  1. What gender do you identify with?
  2. How old are you?
  3. What type of vacations do you prefer?
  4. Do you like to travel?
  5. Approximately how many times have you traveled outside of your native country?
  6. Approximately how many different countries besides your own have you visited?
  7. Do you think it is necessary to travel to a different country in order to enhance your tolerance for diversity, or is travel alone enough?
  8. Do you think traveling will give you a real life education that you could not be able to get without traveling?
  9. Many college offer a J-mester (in January) or May-mester (in May) which lasts approximately 3 weeks. The courses offered during the shortened term are not necessarily the traditional courses offered in the academic year. Many of the courses involve travel. If Flagler College offered a shortened term, would you prefer a J-mester (in January) or a May-mester (in May)?
  10. If Flagler College offered a shortened term, do you think all Flagler College students should be required to participate in one term that involves travel?

 

Demographics

This graph shows that the great majority of data obtained in the sample was provided by women, making the mode female. This accurately reflects the reported demographics of Flagler college, with more than half of the student body being women.

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The age of students is shown to be right skewed and unimodal, making median the most accurate measure of center, and IQR the most accurate measure of spread. The median age of students is 18, with an IQR of 1.

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Result 1: Age (with Outlier) Summary Stats   [Info]
Summary statistics:
ColumnnMeanVarianceStd. dev.Std. err.MedianRangeMinMaxQ1Q3
Age15019.44666717.4971364.18295790.34153708183816541819


This graph shows the distribution of sample ages, excluding the outlier. The graph is now very subtly bimodal, and remains right skewed. Median and IQR remain the most accurate way to describe the data. As in the previous graph, the median age is still 18, and IQR remains 1.

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Result 2: Age (without Outlier) Summary Stats   [Info]
Summary statistics:
ColumnnMeanVarianceStd. dev.Std. err.MedianRangeMinMaxQ1Q3
Age14919.2147659.49410483.08125050.25242588182216381819

 

Students tend to prefer a variety of different types of vacations, with about 50% of the sample reporting this. A trip to the beach makes up about 25% of responses, followed by nature and city excursions tied at 12%. Variety is the mode of this data set.

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The mode of the graph is “Yes.” A great majority of students reported enjoying travel, and a mere 5.3% answering otherwise.

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This graph is clearly right skewed, and interestingly multimodel, with modes at 0, 20, 30, and 50. For this reason, the median, 2, and IQR, 10, is the most accurate way to describe the data.

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Result 3: Number of Times A Student Has Left The Country Summary Stats   [Info]
Summary statistics:
ColumnnMeanVarianceStd. dev.Std. err.MedianRangeMinMaxQ1Q3
Left Country1507.1333333110.0760610.4917140.85664486250050010

 

The data concerning the number of countries a student has visited is right skewed and multimodal. Due to these facts, the appropriate measure of center would be median, at 3, and IQR for spread, at 7.

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Result 4: Number of Countries Visited Summary Statistics   [Info]
Summary statistics:
ColumnnMeanVarianceStd. dev.Std. err.MedianRangeMinMaxQ1Q3
# Countries Visited1504.586666731.6803585.62853070.4595676132802807

 

This graph shows that of the students surveyed, 76.7% believe that visiting a different country is necessary to experience diversity. This is the mode of the data.

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This graph shows that 97.3% of the students surveyed believe that travel offers a real-life education. This is the mode   

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This graph shows that 52.7% of the students surveyed (the mode) would rather have a J-mester than a May-mester.

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This graph organizes the opinion of the sample on whether or not a semester abroad should be required in college. The mode is yes, with about 60% of those surveyed agreeing that travel should be required.

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Data set 1. Flagler College Students and Travel 2018   [Info]
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