# Explaining measures of central tendency

Explaining measures of central tendency

There are three measures of central tendency, or averages: mean, median, and mode. Each provides you with a different type of information about a distribution of scores. The median is defined as the midpoint in a group of scores. It’s the point at which one-half of the scores fall above and one-half fall below. The mode is the value that appears most frequently in a group. The mean is the sum of all the values in a group, divided by the number of values in that group. The mean is sometimes represented by the letter M. Which measure of central tendency you use depends on the type of data you are describing.

Search for a current (within the last two weeks) news article that uses a measure of central tendency (Mean, Median, Mode). Some places you might begin to look at are the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times

In a Word document, report:
Which measure was used and provide an argument for why the particular measure of central tendency was used?
What are the strengths/weaknesses of the alternative reporting method?
What alternative conclusions would one draw using each of the measures of central tendency?
Finally, report a hypothetical result if the author had used a different measure of central tendency