# mean vs median : Common Errors in English

To find the mean (or average) of a series of numbers, for example 1,2,3,4,5 & 6, add them all together for a total of 21; then divide by the number of numbers (6) to give the mean (or average) of 3.5.In contrast, when half the data of a set are above a point and half below, that point is the median. The difference between mean and median can be quite significant, but one often sees the terms used wrongly even in technical contexts.

### mean Meaning(s)

• (v) mean or intend to express or convey
• (v) have as a logical consequence
• (v) denote or connote
• (v) have in mind as a purpose
• (v) have a specified degree of importance
• (v) intend to refer to
• (v) destine or designate for a certain purpose
• (s) approximating the statistical norm or average or expected value
• (s) characterized by malice
• (s) having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality
• (s) excellent
• (s) marked by poverty befitting a beggar
• (s) (used of persons or behavior) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity
• (s) (used of sums of money) so small in amount as to deserve contempt
• (s) of no value or worth
• (n) an average of n numbers computed by adding some function of the numbers and dividing by some function of n

### median Meaning(s)

• (s) relating to or constituting the middle value of an ordered set of values (or the average of the middle two in a set with an even number of values)
• (s) relating to or situated in or extending toward the middle
• (n) the value below which 50% of the cases fall
• (s) dividing an animal into right and left halves

### mean in News

1. What Does iOS 7 Mean for Apple?

What Does iOS 7 Mean for Apple?
on June 14, 2013 Source: The Motley Fool

2. California Red Light Camera Loophole May Mean Millions in Refunds

A recent ruling in Newark, Calif., may mean thousands of ticketed drivers are due a refund. Keisha Dunlevy appeared in court last week to contest a \$500 ticket she received for running a red light. Dunlevy argued the public was never properly notified of the cameras at that intersection. She provided the court commissioner with a clipping from a November 2008 newspaper which said “a camera has ...
on June 13, 2013 Source: Opposing Views

3. What the Apple Upgrades Mean for Top Smartphone Manufacturers

What the Apple Upgrades Mean for Top Smartphone Manufacturers
on June 13, 2013 Source: The Motley Fool

### median in News

1. San Diego Median Housing Prices Rise in May

The median housing prices in San Diego continued rising at a nice clip in May, according to two recent reports. Dataquick, the La Jolla real estate research firm, reported the median for San Diego last month was \$406,500, up 1.6 percent from April’s median, and 21 percent from the median price in May 2012.
on June 13, 2013 Source: San Diego Business Journal

2. Georgetown County residents pepper council over proposed median plan for U.S. 17

The Highway 17 Median Improvement Project, will install a 4- to 5-feet-high concrete median along most of U.S. 17 in Pawleys Island. The barriers will extend from Waverly Rd. to just north of Archer Rd.
on June 12, 2013 Source: The Myrtle Beach Sun News

3. Median home price in Las Vegas up to \$170k in May

Home prices in Las Vegas keep on climbing. Statistics released Monday by the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors show the median home price in southern Nevada in May was \$170,000. That's up nearly ...
on June 10, 2013 Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

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