harmonic mean


: the reciprocal of the arithmetic mean of the reciprocals of a finite set of numbers

Examples of harmonic mean in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are actually three other kinds of mean: the geometric mean, the weighted mean, and the harmonic mean. Avery Hurt, Discover Magazine, 16 Sep. 2021 His average price/earnings ratio (calculated as a harmonic mean, which is the right way to do it), is 26. William Baldwin, Forbes, 25 Oct. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of harmonic mean was in 1856

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“Harmonic mean.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harmonic%20mean. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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