However. the term is applied to multidimensional data as well as to univariate data and in situations where a transformation of the data values for some or all dimensions would usually be considered necessary: in the latter cases. the word average being variously construed as mean. In addition. the terms are often used before one has chosen even a preliminary form of analysis: thus an initial objective might be to "choose an appropriate measure of central tendency". . or other measure of location. depending on the context. A measure of central tendency is any of a variety of ways of specifying this "central value". the measure of central tendency is an average of a set of measurements. In the simplest cases. there are several different kinds of calculations for central tendency. the notion of a "central location" is retained in converting an "average" computed for the transformed data back to the original units. In practical statistical analysis. where the kind of calculation depends on the type of data (level of measurement).CENTRAL TENDENCY The term central tendency relates to the way in which quantitative data tend to cluster around some value. median.

   Midrange – the arithmetic mean of the maximum and minimum values of a data set. although some of these involve their own implicit transformation of the data. Trimean – the weighted arithmetic mean of the median and two quartiles. mean) – the sum of all measurements divided by the number of observations in the data set  Median – the middle value that separates the higher half from the lower half of the data set    Mode – the most frequent value in the data set Geometric mean – the nth root of the product of the data values Harmonic mean – the reciprocal of the arithmetic mean of the reciprocals of the data values  Weighted mean – an arithmetic mean that incorporates weighting to certain data elements  Truncated mean – the arithmetic mean of data values after a certain number or proportion of the highest and lowest data values have been discarded.  Arithmetic mean (or simply. Winsorized mean – an arithmetic mean in which extreme values are replaced by values closer to the median.MEASURES OF CENTRAL TENDENCY The following may be applied to one-dimensional data. after transformation. .

there is the  Geometric median . .Any of the above may be applied to each dimension of multi-dimensional data and. in addition. but it is not the same as taking the median of each dimension independently. This is the same as the median when applied to one-dimensional data.which minimizes the sum of distances to the data points.

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