What is the real life example of mean median and mode[1]

```What is the real life example of mean median and
mode?
Shubham Mehta, studied Statistics at Faculty of Mathematical Sciences, University of Delhi
We do come across the concept of mean, median and mode in our day to day
life but the thing is we don’t use the exact words.
For example let us consider some scenarios here,
“MEAN”
Imagine that you have got your final results from school and you reach your home. (I am
going use the Indian psychology here because I am an Indian and I know how it works.)
Soo….. yes you reach home and ofcourse Indian parents ……they will start inquiring about
your scores, your friend’s scores …….one of the question goes like this …
Parents: How many marks did you score in average to all the subjects? OR (in short this
could have been asked as) What is the MEAN of your scores?
Answer: Mean is the sum of the total marks you got in all the subjects divided by the
number of subjects.That means finding the average of all the scores you got in different
subjects.
“MEDIAN”
This is something you don’t come across that much…… until unless you are any government
employee or you are from any department which deals with public records. :D Let us
consider a department here ….lets take Population survey department:
Question: What is the middle value of the ages when arranged in the ascending (going
from lower values to higher values) order? OR (in short this could have been asked
as) What is the MEDIAN of the ages of the population?
Answer: It will be the middle value of all the ages sorted in an ascending order.
“MODE”
Imagine that you are working for a company and you want to know what is the salary most
of the people of your company are getting paid.
Question: What is the amount most of the people of your company are getting
paid? OR (in short this could have been asked as) What is the MODE of the salaries in
Answer: It will be the salary with highest frequency, i.e. the salary most of the people of
company are getting paid.
Numeric example for mean, median and mode are below :
We do come across the concept of mean, median and mode in our day to day
life but the thing is we don’t use the exact words.
For example let us consider some scenarios here,
“MEAN”
Imagine that you have got your final results from school and you reach your home. (I
am going use the Indian psychology here because I am an Indian and I know how it
works.) Soo….. yes you reach home and ofcourse Indian parents ……they will start
Parents: How many marks did you score in average to all the subjects? OR (in short
this could have been asked as) What is the MEAN of your scores?
Answer: Mean is the sum of the total marks you got in all the subjects divided by the
number of subjects.That means finding the average of all the scores you got in different
subjects.
“MEDIAN”
This is something you don’t come across that much…… until unless you are any
government employee or you are from any department which deals with public records.
:D Let us consider a department here ….lets take Population survey department:
Question: What is the middle value of the ages when arranged in the ascending (going
from lower values to higher values) order? OR (in short this could have been asked
as) What is the MEDIAN of the ages of the population?
Answer: It will be the middle value of all the ages sorted in an ascending order.
“MODE”
Imagine that you are working for a company and you want to know what is the salary
most of the people of your company are getting paid.
Question: What is the amount most of the people of your company are getting
paid? OR (in short this could have been asked as) What is the MODE of the salaries in
Answer: It will be the salary with highest frequency, i.e. the salary most of the people of
company are getting paid.
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