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CENTRAL TENDENCY

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French Equivalent: Tendance centrale

Definition:
The tendency of quantitative data to cluster around some variate value. The position of the central value is usually determined by one of the measures of location such as the mean, median or mode. The closeness with which values cluster around the central value is measured by one of the measures of dispersion such as the mean deviation or standard deviation.

Source Publication:
A Dictionary of Statistical Terms, 5th edition, prepared for the International Statistical Institute by F.H.C. Marriott. Published for the International Statistical Institute by Longman Scientific and Technical.

Statistical Theme: Methodological information (metadata)

Created on Sunday, May 19, 2002