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    Mean, Mode, Median Help!

    For each of the following distribution, which measure of central tendency (mean, median, or mode) would be the preferred measure? Why?

    A. Weights of high school boys age 15.
    B. Hours of television watching in the U.S. population.
    C. SAT scores for high school seniors.
    D. IQ scores of clergy candidates in private seminaries.
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    This is a bit subjective, but

    A. Mode
    B. Mean
    C. Median
    D. Median

    I don't know exactly what your teacher is looking for, but here are some bullets:

    Mean takes into account ALL of the data; therefore it can be skewed by outliers for small samples.
    Mode describes what is the norm most of the time. In the case of children's weights, if the highest frequency are between 100-120 pounds use this rather than possibly skewing the data with the mean.
    In the case of test scores you want to know what the middle point of your data set. So, median.
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