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Central Tendency, Measures of

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One of the most common statistical analyses used in descriptive statistics is a process to determine where the average of a set of values falls. There are multiple ways to determine the middle of a group of numbers, and the method used to find the average will determine what information is known and how that average should be interpreted. Depending on the data one has, some methods for finding the average may be more appropriate than others.

The average describes the typical or most common number in a group of numbers. It is the one value that best represents the entire group of values. Averages are used in most statistical analyses, and even in everyday life. If one wanted to find the typical house price, family ...

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