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Mean, Median or Mode?

By , black-rose-bielefeld.de GuideJanuary 25, 2012

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One Reader Writes: "I always get so confused about how to tell which is the mean, median or mode! Can you explain what each of these terms mean and how to calculate each one? Thanks!"

Understanding mean, median and mode can be tricky at first, especially if you have little experience with statistical concepts. Each measure is one way to express the central tendency of a set of numbers or scores. In order to understand the differences between the mean, median and mode, let's start by quickly defining the terms.

  • The mean is the arithmetic average of a set of given numbers.

  • The median is the middle score in a set of given numbers.

  • The mode is the most frequently occurring score in a set of given numbers.

Learn more about how to identify and calculate the mean, median or mode.

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