Central Tendency

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  • The general term for the middle point of any score distribution, where the scores of any measurement lie between the highest and lowest scores. Central tendency is typically described with three measures: the mean, median, and mode. The mean is the arithmetic average of the scores and is calculated by adding all the scores and dividing this sum by the number of scores. The median is the middle point of any ordered (from lowest to highest or highest to lowest) set of numbers; it is the 50th percentile. The mode is the most frequently occurring score(s) of any distribution of scores.


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