central tendency
noun Date: circa 1928 the degree of clustering of the values of a statistical distribution that is usually measured by the arithmetic mean, mode, or median

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  • central tendency — (measures of) A statistical term applied to the central value in a frequency distribution commonly referred to as the average. Depending on the level of measurement of the variable (nominal, ordinal, interval, or ratio), and the shape of the… …   Dictionary of sociology

  • central tendency — noun : the degree of clustering of the values of a statistical distribution that is usually measured by the arithmetic mean, mode, or median * * * Statistics. the tendency of samples of a given measurement to cluster around some central value. Cf …   Useful english dictionary

  • central tendency — Statistics. the tendency of samples of a given measurement to cluster around some central value. Cf. measure of central tendency. [1925 30] * * * …   Universalium

  • central tendency measures of — central tendency (measures of) A statistical term applied to the central value in a frequency distribution commonly referred to as the average. Depending on the level of measurement of the variable (nominal, ordinal, interval, or ratio), and the… …   Dictionary of sociology

  • measure of central tendency — Statistics. a statistic that in some way specifies the central tendency of a sample of measurements, as the mean, median, or mode. * * * …   Universalium

  • measure of central tendency — Statistics. a statistic that in some way specifies the central tendency of a sample of measurements, as the mean, median, or mode …   Useful english dictionary

  • Меры центральной тенденции (central tendency measures) — Назначение М. ц. т. служить сводными количественными характеристиками, обеспечивающими наилучшее описание множества наблюдений или оценок одним единственным числом. Термины М. ц. т. и «средняя величина» часто употребляются как равнозначные, хотя… …   Психологическая энциклопедия

  • measure of central tendency — noun A measure of location for a batch, a sample, or a distribution characterizing a value around which are spread the members or the distribution …   Wiktionary

  • measures of central tendency — General term for several characteristics of the distribution of a set of measurements or values around a value or values at or near the middle of the set; the principal m. are mean, median, and mode …   Medical dictionary

  • Tendency — The word tendency is often used by left wing groups for an organized unit or political faction within the group. It may also refer to:* Bleeding tendency * Central tendency * Debs Tendency * Direct Action Tendency * Fist and Rose Tendency *… …   Wikipedia

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