Statisticians and scientists: Central tendency? - U2 Feedback

Go Back   U2 Feedback > Lypton Village > Lemonade Stand > Lemonade Stand Archive
Click Here to Login
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 10-04-2006, 08:50 PM   #1
She's the One
 
martha's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Orange County and all over the goddamn place
Posts: 42,331
Local Time: 06:04 PM
Normal Statisticians and scientists: Central tendency?

I need a simple definition of measures of central tendency.

I know about mean, median, and mode; I need to know exactly what the phrase "central tendency" means.

I googled it and got goggled, so don't suggest that.
__________________

__________________
martha is offline  
Old 10-04-2006, 08:58 PM   #2
Rock n' Roll Doggie
Band-aid
 
ZeroDude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Belfast
Posts: 4,953
Local Time: 03:04 AM
As far as I know, the term ‘central tendency’ is a collective phrase, encapsulating and referring to all mathematical mediums devised to ascertain the middle or average statistic, number or product, within a set list of numerical data.

Unfortunately, my mathematical vernacular (and knowledge) is fairly limited, and I’m sure you’ll find a more helpful answer from a more experienced member of ‘Interference’.
__________________

__________________
ZeroDude is offline  
Old 10-04-2006, 09:01 PM   #3
ONE
love, blood, life
 
U2vertigofly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: dinkin' flicka
Posts: 10,792
Local Time: 10:04 PM


i had no clue what this ment so i used my Firefox Answers.com add-in, just push alt, then click on the work and that little yellow thing pops up
__________________
U2vertigofly is offline  
Old 10-04-2006, 09:05 PM   #4
Blue Crack Addict
 
Join Date: May 2001
Location: gone
Posts: 17,891
Local Time: 09:04 PM
its the tendency to be central
__________________
Chizip is offline  
Old 10-04-2006, 11:13 PM   #5
Blue Crack Distributor
 
VintagePunk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: In a dry and waterless place
Posts: 55,732
Local Time: 09:04 PM
I've just completed the final of five university stats courses for behavioural sciences, that went from intro to advanced.

The others are correct. In the exact words of my text, "measures of central tendency are those that can be used to represent the center of a distribution - mean, median and mode."
__________________
VintagePunk is offline  
Old 10-05-2006, 12:02 AM   #6
She's the One
 
martha's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Orange County and all over the goddamn place
Posts: 42,331
Local Time: 06:04 PM
So, "central tendency" is a fancy-pants way of saying mean or median, or mode?

It's the middle tendency of the data?
__________________
martha is offline  
Old 10-05-2006, 12:06 AM   #7
Blue Crack Distributor
 
VintagePunk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: In a dry and waterless place
Posts: 55,732
Local Time: 09:04 PM
Yes, it's a general term describing what are basically the mean, median and mode of any distribution.


ETA - this may help?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_tendency
__________________
VintagePunk is offline  
Old 10-05-2006, 09:08 AM   #8
She's the One
 
martha's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Orange County and all over the goddamn place
Posts: 42,331
Local Time: 06:04 PM
Thanks. Wikipedia was too much for me last night.
__________________

__________________
martha is offline  
 

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:04 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Design, images and all things inclusive copyright © Interference.com