central tendency

  1. the tendency of samples of a given measurement to cluster around some central value.

Origin of central tendency

First recorded in 1925–30

Words Nearby central tendency

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How to use central tendency in a sentence

  • 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
  • An ultra, one-sided idealism is the central tendency of the Hindoo mind.

    Ten Great Religions | James Freeman Clarke
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for central tendency

central tendency

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

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