Education Technology

NUMB3RS - Season 3 - "Take Out" - Outliers

Published on 10/17/2008

Activity Overview

In "Take Out," Amita and Charlie help the FBI track financial transfers from the US to Mexico . There are so many transfers that it is difficult to find the specific transfer. Charlie explains that it is 'a matter of using a target-specific optimization model. Something called Outlier Detection.' Outlier Detection will help narrow down the number of transfers tracked.
Students will learn how to identify a possible outlier using a box-and-whisker plot and a scatter plot.

Before the Activity

Download the attached PDF and look over the Teacher Page.

During the Activity

Discuss the materials from the Student Page with your class.

After the Activity

Encourage students to explore web sites and questions from the Extensions Page.