**Scenario: **Upon successful completion of the MBA program, imagine you work in the analytics department for a consulting company. Your assignment is to analyze one of the following databases:

- Manufacturing
- Hospital
- Consumer Food
- Financial

**Select** one of the databases based on the information in the Signature Assignment Options.

**Provide** a 1,600-word detailed, four part, statistical report with the following sections:

- Part 1 – Preliminary Analysis
- Part 2 – Examination of Descriptive Statistics
- Part 3 – Examination of Inferential Statistics
- Part 4 – Conclusion/Recommendations

**Part 1** – Preliminary Analysis

Generally, as a statistics consultant, you will be given a problem and data. At times, you may have to gather additional data. For this assignment, assume all the data is already gathered for you.

**State** the objective:

- What are the questions you are trying to address?

**Describe** the population in the study clearly and in sufficient detail:

- What is the sample?

**Discuss** the types of data and variables:

- Are the data quantitative or qualitative?
- What are levels of measurement for the data?

**Part 2** – Descriptive Statistics

**Examine** the given data.

**Present** the descriptive statistics (mean, median, mode, range, standard deviation, variance, CV, and five-number summary).

**Identify** any outliers in the data.

**Present** any graphs or charts you think are appropriate for the data.

*Note:* Ideally, we want to assess the conditions of normality too. However, for the purpose of this exercise, assume data is drawn from normal populations.

**Part 3 **– Inferential Statistics

**Use** the Part 3: Inferential Statistics document.

- Create (formulate) hypotheses
- Run formal hypothesis tests
- Make decisions. Your decisions should be stated in non-technical terms.

*Hint*: A final conclusion saying “reject the null hypothesis” by itself without explanation is basically worthless to those who hired you. Similarly, stating the conclusion is false or rejected is not sufficient.

**Part 4 **– Conclusion and Recommendations

**Include** the following:

- What are your conclusions?
- What do you infer from the statistical analysis?
- State the interpretations in non-technical terms. What information might lead to a different conclusion?
- Are there any variables missing?
- What additional information would be valuable to help draw a more certain conclusion?

**Format** your assignment consistent with APA format.