arithmetic mean


variants or less commonly arithmetic average
: a value that is computed by dividing the sum of a set of terms by the number of terms

Examples of arithmetic mean in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And would that be the arithmetic mean, or the geometric mean? Sean Carroll, Discover Magazine, 3 May 2010 To find the median of an even number of values, take the middle two and then find the pair's arithmetic mean of those two. Avery Hurt, Discover Magazine, 16 Sep. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1743, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of arithmetic mean was in 1743

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“Arithmetic mean.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

arithmetic mean

: a number equal to the sum of a set of numbers divided by how many numbers are in the set
the arithmetic mean of 3, 4, 6, and 7 is 5

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