Try a trimmed mean for a robust compromise between mean and median. photo credit: Unsplash

Try Trimmed Mean for a Beautiful Body (of Data)

Measures of central tendency can be thought of as a tool box. The mean serves a purpose as our first, best guess of what an average value for a variable looks like. You sum the observations and divide by the number of those observations. However, if you have very high or very low values then they can throw off the mean to something extreme. The median ignores those pesky outliers to give a sense of what is…



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