chapter  5
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Describing the Position of a Case within a Set of Scores

Until now we have focused on procedures for describing sets of scores in terms of their general properties: size (n), location, spread, and shape. At times, the value of a score for a particular individual may also be of concern, particularly within a clinical context. In an example given in Chapter 3, we referred to blood pressures and patients. From a database of systolic and diastolic blood pressure readings, a physician would certainly want to link specific scores to individual patients. In that case, the actual value and its link to the case are meaningful.