Middles: Means, Medians, Metrics, and Other Things That Start With M

J. McLean Sloughter

One of the first topics to come up in an introductory statistics course is means and medians. But why do we have more than one way of measuring the "middle" of a set of data? This talk will show how different metrics (ways of defining distance) give rise to different measures of "middle", as well as looking at some of the practical reasons we might pick one measure over another.

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