Mean / Median
In statistics, mean and median both provide an idea of where the “middle” of a
The mean (or average) is the sum of all scores divided by the
number of scores. For instance the sum of individual ages of persons in a group
divided by the number of persons in the group, gives the average age.
The median is the number in a range of scores that falls
exactly in the middle so that 50% of the cases are above or below.
The example below shows that mean and the median do not necessarily provide
the same result:
Source: GreenFacts, based on Murdoch University
Why use the median and not the mean?
To read about this term in context:
GreenFacts Summary on Diet and Nutrition Prevention of Chronic Diseases: