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central tendency

noun, Statistics.
1.
the tendency of samples of a given measurement to cluster around some central value.
Origin of central tendency
1925-1930
1925-30
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  • Figure 61 shows that these adults varied from no problems solved correctly to eighteen, around eight as a central tendency.

    The Psychology of Arithmetic Edward L. Thorndike
  • A study of this frequency surface shows a tendency for people to be grouped about the central tendency or average.

    The Science of Human Nature William Henry Pyle
  • An ultra, one-sided idealism is the central tendency of the Hindoo mind.

    Ten Great Religions James Freeman Clarke
British Dictionary definitions for central tendency

central tendency

noun
1.
(statistics) the tendency of the values of a random variable to cluster around the mean, median, and mode
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