median

Definition

One type of average, found by arranging the values in order and then selecting the one in the middle. If the total number of values in the sample is even, then the median is the mean of the two middle numbers. The median is a useful number in cases where the distribution has very large extreme values which would otherwise skew the data.

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We had asked them to give us the median value because there were too many extreme outliers to use other measures.

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The average price of homes in our area has been skewed by the sale of a few ultra luxury homes however the median remains fairly stable.

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In statistics class we learned about picking the median number. You would arrange all the numbers in order and simple pick the middle one.

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