harmonic mean

noun

Definition of 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 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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First Known Use of harmonic mean

1856, in the meaning defined above

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“Harmonic mean.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harmonic%20mean. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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