Measures of Central Tendency

  • Charan Singh Rayat


The quantitative data collected by statistical techniques, if classified and put in the form of frequency distribution, gives prominence to its structure. But the description and comparison of frequency distributions are major activities in “biostatistics.” It is therefore necessary to further condense the frequency distribution to small figures which could reveal its characteristics. There are certain measures which indicate the middle of the distribution. These are known as “centering constants” or “measures of central tendency.”

When an investigator remarks “Men are taller than women,” it does not mean all men are taller than all women. But it means that “average height” of all men is greater than “average height” of all women. The “average height” obtained for the comparison of these two groups is termed as the measure of “central tendency.”

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charan Singh Rayat
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  1. 1.Department of HistopathologyPostgraduate Institute of Medical Education & ResearchChandigarhIndia

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