central tendency

noun

Definition of central tendency

: the degree of clustering of the values of a statistical distribution that is usually measured by the arithmetic mean, mode, or median

First Known Use of central tendency

1904, in the meaning defined above

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“Central tendency.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/central%20tendency. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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