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# What Are Measures of Central Tendency, and Why Are They Used?

### What Are Measures of Central Tendency, and Why Are They Used?

Measures of central tendency such as the mode, the median, and the mean are the first type of descriptive statistics that one uses to describe the characteristics of a set of data. The second type of statistic, measures of variability, will be discussed in the next section in 100 Questions.

Measures of central tendency, also called averages, reflect the one most central or representative point in a set of data. In other words, if you had to select only one score from a set of scores to represent that set, you would chose a measure of central tendency. For example, if you needed to best represent the car sales at the local Honda dealership ...