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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
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This is worsened by the fact many pollsters provide only two possible answers to a question in lieu of a more representative and comprehensive Likert scale, eliminating the central tendency and artificially reducing a spectrum of responses towards dichotomous poles.
—Steven Tian, Fortune, 16 Nov. 2022
The rate of adaptation is proportional to the amount of heritable phenotypic variation extant within the population, because selection needs variance away from the old optimum toward the new one to shift the population central tendency.
—Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 29 Apr. 2010
There are three basic measures of central tendency, and three notsobasic.
—Avery Hurt, Discover Magazine, 16 Sep. 2021
In fact the distribution was closer to normal, with a central tendency and a variance about the mode.
—Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 4 Oct. 2010
Avoid the central tendency bias as your employees will likely perform differently.
—Erin Imhof, Forbes, 23 June 2021
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Word History
First Known Use
1904, in the meaning defined above
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“Central tendency.” MerriamWebster.com Dictionary, MerriamWebster, https://www.merriamwebster.com/dictionary/central%20tendency. Accessed 17 Sep. 2024.
Kids Definition
central tendency
noun
: the extent to which statistical values fall around a middle value
the mean, median, and mode are all used to measure central tendency
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