In these lessons, we will learn how to determine the mode of a given set of data. We will also compare between mode, mean, and median.

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In statistics, mode, median and mean are typical values to represent a pool of numerical observations. They are calculated from the pool of observations.

**Mode** is the most common value among the given observations.
For example, a person who sells ice creams might want to know which flavor is the most popular.

**Median** is the middle value, dividing the number of data into
2 halves. In other words, 50% of the observations is below the median and 50% of the observations
is above the median.

**Mean** is the average of all the values. For example, a teacher
may want to know the average marks of a test in his class.

The following diagrams show how to find the mean, median, mode and range. Scroll down the page for examples and solutions.

The mode of a set of observations is the value that occurs most frequently in the set. A set of observations may have no mode, one mode or more than one mode.

**Example:**

Find the mode of the following set of scores.

14 11 15 9 11 15 11 7 13 12

**Solution:**

The mode is 11 because 11 occurred more times than the other numbers.

If the observations are given in the form of a frequency table, the mode is the value that has the highest frequency.

**Example:**

Find the mode of the following set of marks.

Marks | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 |

Frequency | 6 | 7 | 7 | 5 | 3 |

**Solution:**

The marks 2 and 3 have the highest frequency. So, the modes are 2 and 3.

**Note:** The above example shows that a set of observations
may have more than one mode.

**Example:**

Find the mode for each of the following frequency tables:

The frequency table below shows the weights of different bags of rice.

Weight (kg) | 45 | 50 | 55 | 60 | 65 | 70 | 75 | 80 |

Bags of rice (Frequency) | 8 | 11 | 7 | 10 | 9 | 10 | 12 | 8 |

There are 8 number cards with values 0 – 7. Each time a card is drawn at random and the card value is recorded. The frequency refers to the number of times a value is shown.

Card values | 0 | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 |

Frequency | 8 | 12 | 7 | 10 | 12 | 13 | 12 | 10 |

**Solution:**

a) Mode: 75 kg (highest frequency of 12)

b) Mode: 5 (highest frequency of 13)

**Example:**

The following frequency table shows the marks obtained by students in a quiz. Given that 4 is
the mode, what is the least value for x?

Marks | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 |

Number of students (Frequency) | 7 | 9 | 10 | x | 9 | 11 |

**Solution:**

x is as least 12

(if x is less than 12 then 4 will not be the mode)

**Mean, Median, Mode, Range, Interquartile Range**

This lesson shows you how to find the mean, median, mode, range and interquartile range for a list of numbers.

**Example:**

Find the mean, median, mode, range and interquartile range for the following data.

5, 7, 9, 9, 10, 11, 11, 11, 12

**Frequency Table - Mean, Median, Mode, Range And Interquartile Range**

This lesson shows you how to find the mean, median, mode, range and interquartile range from a frequency table.

**Mean, Mode And Median From Frequency Tables**

How to find the mean, mode and median from a frequency table for both discrete and grouped data?

For grouped data:

- Mean: multiply midpoints by frequencies and add the sub-totals. Divide by the total of the frequencies.
- Mode: find the largest frequency - the corresponding value is the modal value or modal class.
- Median: calculate a running total of the frequencies - the first interval that is above half the total contains the median.

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