central tendency

noun Statistics.
the tendency of samples of a given measurement to cluster around some central value.


Origin:
1925–30

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central tendency
 
n
statistics the tendency of the values of a random variable to cluster around the mean, median, and mode

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Example sentences
The central tendency excludes the three highest and three lowest projections
  for each variable in each year.
Results revealed three patterns of central tendency in the responses.
First, a central tendency in evaluative response to the individual poems at
  each grade level was evident.
The statistical methods presented in this workbook focus on the display of
  central tendency, statistical tests, and correlation.
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