Continuous Variable

To prepare:

  • Use the original (not modified) data set selected for your SPP (on week 1), and open it in SPSS.

Perform the following operations on the data set:

  • Select a continuous variable from the data set and provide full definition for each variable.
  • Convert your continuous variable to a categorical variable.
  • Provide reason for how you converted the variable.
  • Provide descriptive statistics for the continuous variable.
  • Produce frequency tables for the new variable you made.
  • If any of the cells in your frequency table has less than 6 individuals in it, combine that level with other levels so there is no frequency less than 6.
  • Submit descriptive statistics for both the original and new variables.

Question

Applied anthropology is “a branch of anthropology that concerns itself with applying anthropological knowledge to achieve practical goals, usually in the service of an agency outsied the traditional academic setting” (Ember et al., 2011: 516). In Chapter 28, the text discusses various “social problems” which applied anthropology can help address.

Consider, in particular, natural disasters and famine. Natural disasters may seem beyond human control, but their effects are not.

“Between 1960 and 1980, 43 natural disasters in Japan killed an average of 63 people per disaster. During the same period, 17 natural disasters in Nicaragua killed an average of 6,235 people per disaster. In the Unites States, between 1960 and 1976, the average flood or other environmental disturbance killed just one person…”

Discuss the reality that natural disasters have different effects and mortality rates in different economies. How can applied anthropology help make things safer for all humans in terms of earthquakes and famines? What are our responsibilities, as practicing anthropologists, to other people?

 

 

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