It is misleading to use the mean as a descriptor of a data set when the median or mode would be more representative of the data set as a whole.
You use mean when you want to find the average of data. You use median to find the middle of a piece of data, ordered from least to greatest. If there is 2 medians, then find the average of those 2 numbers. You use mode when you are trying to figure out the most common piece of data. There can be more than 1 mode.
The question is how do the mean and median affect the distribution shape. In a normal curve, the mean and median are both in the same point. ( as is the mode) If a distribution is skewed, its tail is either on the right or the left. If a distribution is skewed the median may be a better value to use than the mean since it has less effect on the shape. Also is there are large outliers, the median has less effect and is better to use. So the mean has a bigger effect on the shape many times than the median.
The answer depends on the type of data. The mean or median are useless if the data are qualitative (categoric): only the mode is any use. The median is better than the mean is the data are very skewed.
'cause they were average, not fantastic! It is sometimes stated that the 'mean' means average. This is incorrect if "mean" is taken in the specific sense of "arithmetic mean" as there are different types of averages: the mean, median, and mode. For instance, average house prices almost always use the median value for the average.
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mean is the average of numbers in the data set mode is the most frequently occurring value in a data set and median is the middle number of the data set so you would use mean
Mean is the average you add all the numbers and divide the total by the number of numbers that you added. you would use it rather thank median and mode basically when it asks you to find the mean or to find the average
You could use mode over median or mean when calculating probability. Mode calculates the greatest number of times an object or number will appear.
Perhaps I have some difficulty understanding your question. The mean, median and mode are measures of the center of data or measures of centrality.
If you ask what is the most popular dish served in the restaurant you are seeking the mode.
to work out various different types of averages
We use mean for measure the central tendency and mode for observed most common value of observation.