Above and Beyond: OPTIONAL: Why do different technologies sometimes give different answers for quartiles for a data set? In our class we have 2 methods we use to find quartiles: either using our Texas Instrument calculator, or using the Cumulative Relative Frequency
You might get slightly different answers using the TI-calculators, using Cumulative Relative Frequency to find percentiles, or using Excel or professional statistical software.
(NOTE: When we study continuous probability distributions in chapter 5 and 6, this problem does not exist due to continuity.) It occurs with data, because we are looking at a finite list of data values.
Link to the Math Forum's discussion of methods of finding quartiles: http://mathforum.org/library/drmath/view/60969.html