quar·​tile | \ ˈkwȯr-ˌtī(-ə)l How to pronounce quartile (audio) , -tᵊl \

Definition of quartile

: any of the three values that divide the items of a frequency distribution into four classes with each containing one fourth of the total population also : any one of the four classes

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A quartile is a quarter of a specific group that has been tested or evaluated in specific ways. The first quartile is the one that scores highest and the fourth quartile scores lowest. For achievement and proficiency tests, the first quartile is the place to be; for blood pressure or cholesterol, the third quartile is healthier.

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Recent Examples on the Web The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta estimates that, among workers in the lowest quartile by income, the 12-month moving average of median annual wage growth was 6.4% in April versus a year earlier. Justin Lahart, WSJ, 24 May 2022 As a result, its scores placed it in the bottom quartile of its sector, disqualifying it automatically from consideration. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 18 May 2022 The researcher compares recent box office performance with mean 2018-19 low-, median- and top quartile score weekends to create a five-step scale of recovery in each market. Patrick Frater, Variety, 23 May 2022 Workers in the lowest quartile of earnings have been the only ones to see an increase in wages over the past two years, after accounting for inflation. Tami Luhby, CNN, 4 Feb. 2022 That matters, because companies with strong cultures are simply better companies, for both employees and investors, delivering returns to shareholders that are 60% higher than median companies and 200% higher than those in the bottom quartile. Bill Schaninger, Fortune, 5 Apr. 2022 Subsequently, the company’s early, top-quartile path of doubling revenue the first couple of years changes, with growth slowing to 50%. Dharmesh Thakker, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 Meanwhile, the opposite was true for the highest-income quartile. Anneken Tappe, CNN, 5 Apr. 2022 Still, many Western investors remained tentative about Russia, in part because the country has always ranked in the top quartile of the Corruptions Perception Index published by Transparency International. Peter Grant And Konrad Putzier, WSJ, 8 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of quartile

1879, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for quartile

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Latin quartus

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26 Jun 2022

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“Quartile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quartile. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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