July 7, 2019

Letters #21:

I would like to draw your attention to how in mathematics, methods of calculation influence finding a central point. There are three basic methods: mean, by summing numbers in an arithmetical set and dividing by the number in the set; medium, the point at which fifty percent of the total is below and above; and mode, the value that appears most often in the set. Each method is contentious and, any method can result in a different answer. In any situation, two out of three answers, while being defensible, can put you at a disadvantage and appear biased.

I would like to draw your attention to how in mathematics, methods of calculation influence finding a central point. There are three basic methods: mean, by summing numbers in an arithmetical set and dividing by the number in the set; medium, the point at which fifty percent of the total is below and above; and mode, the value that appears most often in the set. Each method is contentious and, any method can result in a different answer. In any situation, two out of three answers, while being defensible, can put you at a disadvantage and appear biased.