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central tendency

noun, Statistics.
the tendency of samples of a given measurement to cluster around some central value.
Origin of central tendency
First recorded in 1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Figure 61 shows that these adults varied from no problems solved correctly to eighteen, around eight as a central tendency.

    The Psychology of Arithmetic Edward L. Thorndike
  • A study of this frequency surface shows a tendency for people to be grouped about the central tendency or average.

    The Science of Human Nature William Henry Pyle
British Dictionary definitions for central tendency

central tendency

(statistics) the tendency of the values of a random variable to cluster around the mean, median, and mode
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