Median. The point 1/2 way between two ends of a string of points,
i.e., 50% above and 50% below.
Average: All points added together and then divided by the number of
It is rare for both to coincide exactly.
Jeez, you are SO unintelligent? Median and average are NOT the
same. You do NOT calculate the median by adding up a list and
then dividing by the number of items IN the list, which IS how
you calculate the average!
You need to go ejumacate yersilf!
47------> Median because there are 3 pieces above and 3 pieces
N+1 (N is the number of pieces of data)
2 because the median divides the set of data into 2 equal
AVERAGE is the quotient obtained by
dividing the sum total of a set of figures by the number of
figures (scored an average of 85 on tests).
Now, if you meant, Mean, or mode, ... well, you get the picture.
Thimk man, thimk!
Is it accurate to use the average of a set of averages? Think
about it. Err, I mean, thimk about it. Then calc the mean,
mode, median, average and ... .
There are three types of "average". "Mean", "median", and "mode".
You correctly described "median", but what you call "average" is the
"Mode" is where most are found, and is not always applicable to a list
of numbers. In your example, "46" is the "modal average" because there's
more of that number than any other.
In an idiomatic sense he's right, because colloquially "average" doesn't
necessarily mean "mean" in the mathematical sense. Strictly speaking,
the mean, median and mode are measures of "central tendency" which is
akin to the colloquial definition of "average."
(Side note: Google has added a new function. Go to Google Wed Search and
enter "define:average" and see what you come up with. That function will
come in handy.)
Woof! What "intelligence" tests do YOU take? It would never be
used as you expressed it!
You don't know what you're talking about:
It is entirely possible, and often happens, that the median and
average ARE different. Take 0,2,3,4,8. The median is 3. But
the average is 17/5, or 3.4.
Take 0, 0, 1, 9, 90:
The Median is 1.
The AVERAGE is 25.
When you only 'think' you know what your'e saying, shut up until
you 'know' what you're saying. Don't show off your ignorance -
it's not polite and it embarasses you. People who DO know will
think you are unejumakatid! Dunt loghk lIke yewer stooppid.
Those recycled bags must cost .0001 each. If she manages to talk
10,000 customers out of them, and the are 10 checkers working at any
one time, well, let's see the store saves......
I've always wondered if this is because the schools have stopped
teaching the story problems I had as a kid (50's and 60's)?. We were
taught to think or at least the effort was made. The ones that go.
If Sally had 3 quarts of ice cream and wanted to give Nancy 1/3 and
save the rest for Billy, how many planets would completely rotate
around the sun by the time most kids today would figure it out?
An interesting interview question I read about once was "if a room is
9x12 with an 8 foot ceiling, how many pennies could be stacked in that
room?" The interviewer's purpose was not testing the applicant for
the answer, rather he wanted the applicant to explain to him how he
would calculate the answer, ie, his thinking process. More of this
needs to be taught and re-inforced in the government schools today,
but we all know that's not going to happen. If the answer is not A,
B, C, or none of the above, they're lost.
Or, maybe you were on Candid Camera and didn't know it. One episode
they had a bagger follow the customer out to their car and ask for the
bags back as they were running out.
My favorite was one where they placed traffic lights at the intersection of
two narrow sidewalks in Central Park. When the light turned red, pedestrians
stopped and waited. And waited. And waited. Like sheep. :-) And this was 30
years ago, before people generally expected to see others on rollerblades &
bikes in a place like that. Just pedestrians.
Don't forget, there are stupid customers too, and LOTS of them. I used
to work in a TV and appliance store, and people were continually coming
to the store in subcompact cars and acting surprised when there was no
way to get a 32" TV in them without taking them out of the box. My
favorite was a guy who insisted on trying to put a big box with a TV in
it into the back door of a small car. You could see from a block away
that it wouldn't fit (of course the guy was too cheap to have it
delivered). I was trying to help him, and finally I said, "Look--this
isn't going to fit. You can either take it out of the box or find
another way to get it home." "But I want to keep the box," he whined. I
told him we could flatten the box, and he could just tape it back
together when he wanted to use it. He finally relented and we took the
TV out of the box and put it the back seat. I asked him if he wanted me
to flatten the box for him, and he said no, he'd do it. As I was going
back to the store I turned and sure enough, he was trying to fit the
empty box, intact, into the car. I couldn't resist. I walked back and
said "Sir, the box doesn't get smaller when you take the TV out of it."
"Well," he said, "I just wanted to see if it would fit."
A friend of mine works for Bed Bath & Beyond, which is well known for taking
almost any returns. This past summer, an elderly couple came in with a
WaterPik and tried to return it because the water tube was brittle. The
product was 3 years old, as evidenced by their receipt. They became irate
when told that the thing was out of warranty....blah blah blah. Even BB&B
wouldn't go for this nonsense. Not sure if those customers were stupid, or
just had bigger balls than most people.
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What ever happened to simple math. Everything is done on computers now.
You go into a store , your bill comes to say $9.35 you give the clerk
$10.00. They ring it up and go to give you the $.65 cents back. Instead
you give them the $.35. They stand there and look at you with a dumb
look. They are lost. You actually have to tell them , "my change is a
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