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#1 2013-10-18 09:26:30

MathsIsFun
Registered: 2005-01-21
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Mean, Median and Mode from Grouped Frequencies

Another new stats page: Mean, Median and Mode from Grouped Frequencies

All feedback welcome!

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#2 2013-10-18 12:01:26

bobbym
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Re: Mean, Median and Mode from Grouped Frequencies

Hi;

That was a lot more than I knew about it. I will use the page for notes, thanks!

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#3 2013-10-18 22:28:49

bob bundy
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Re: Mean, Median and Mode from Grouped Frequencies

hi MathsIsFun,

Another good page.  I'd not met those formulas for median and mode in grouped tables; I've always worked from a sketch of a cumulative frequency graph; so I derived my own.

For continuous data, taking the median as the (n+1)/2 th value I get

It doesn't make much difference and it's only an estimate anyway, but, for example, with the baby carrots example I get 172.0, compared with your 171.7.

I drew a cumulative frequency graph and found the median from that as 172.

I've done some 'googling' and both formulas came up.

eg.

http://math.stackexchange.com/questions … stribution

Bob

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#4 2013-10-21 16:17:14

MathsIsFun
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Re: Mean, Median and Mode from Grouped Frequencies

Very interesting, thanks!

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