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Old December 4th 04, 06:34 PM
David Martin
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On 4/12/04 6:20 pm, in article
, "Gordon Mulcaster"

In article ,
(JRKRideau) wrote:

"Judith Wheat" wrote in message
"Just zis Guy, you know?" wrote in message
On 30 Nov 2004 10:56:07 -0800,

Another favourite of mine, is "You can do what you want with
statistic-85% of people know that."

Well, hell, everyone knows that 94.2% of statistics are made up on the
spot ;-)

Statistics have shown that 65.34% of statistics are inaccurate.
And 80% of people consider themselves to be above average.

This last is perfectly possible if you define the average as the
arithemetic mean (that is, add up all the numbers and divide by the
number of people)

Ummm, no.

surely you mean 'Umm, yes' as you demonstrate.
If you use the arithmatic mean 50% of the people will be above
the mean and 50% below the mean, that's what the mean means.

That is the median, not the mean. Go back to maths 101.

A majority
can be above average no problem. See example:

2, 7, 9 , average = 6, 66.7% of the numbers are above average.

mean = sum of values divided by number of values
median = the middle value.
mode = the most observed value.



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