- appearance, form, or disposition taken by a thing, or by one of its essential properties or attributes.
- (in the philosophy of Spinoza) one of the nonessential qualifications of God, contingent upon other modes.Compare attribute (def. 9).
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MODE VS. MEDIAN VS. MEAN VS. AVERAGE
What’s the difference between mode, median, mean, and average?
In the context of mathematics and statistics, the mode of a set of values is the most frequently repeated value in the set. In contrast, the median is the middle number in a set of values when those values are arranged from smallest to largest. The word mean refers to what’s informally called the average—the sum of a set of values divided by the number of values.
The word average is of course also very commonly used in more general ways. In math, though, it’s helpful to use more specific terms when determining the most representative or common value in a set of numbers.
To illustrate the difference, let’s look at an example set of seven values: 2, 3, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9.
The mode is simply the value that shows up the most. In the example set, the mode is 3, since it occurs twice and all the other values occur only once.
To get the mean of this set, you’d add up all the values (2+3+3+4+6+8+9=35) and then divide that total by the number of values (7), resulting in a mean of 5. This is what most people are referring to when they refer to the average of some set of numbers.
To find the median, you have to find the one that’s sequentially in the middle. In a set of seven numbers arranged in increasing value, the median is the fourth number (since there are three before and three after). In this set (2, 3, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9), the median is 4. When a set has an even number of values, the median is the mean of the two middle values.
Want to learn more? Read the full breakdown of the difference between mode, median, mean, and average.
Quiz yourself on mode vs. median vs. mean vs. average!
Should mode, median, mean, or average be used in the following sentence?
The most frequently repeated test score is 80, so it’s the _____ of the set.
How to use mode in a sentence
I cried for about an hour when we officially decided to change the date, but then I went into re-planning mode and felt a sense of relief.How to turn down a wedding invitation during the coronavirus pandemic|Brooke Henderson|August 23, 2020|Fortune
You may be in crisis mode at the moment, but that is not a place you can stay forever.SEO in the second half of 2020: Five search opportunities to act on now|Jim Yu|August 17, 2020|Search Engine Watch
Oakland, California-based Mighty Buildings came out of stealth mode, to the tune of $30 million in venture capital funding.These Sleek Houses Are 3D Printed, and They Fit in Your Backyard|Vanessa Bates Ramirez|August 13, 2020|Singularity Hub
Hearing your angry words, aggressive tone, and raised voice, and seeing your furrowed brow, the onboard computer goes into “soothe” mode, as it’s been programmed to do when it detects that you’re angry.Cars Will Soon Be Able to Sense and React to Your Emotions|Vanessa Bates Ramirez|July 29, 2020|Singularity Hub
An example of this is comparing data from your various modes of advertising.10 Reasons why marketers use data to make budgeting decisions|Kimberly Grimms|July 28, 2020|Search Engine Watch
Although not his most ambitious work, this novel is a wonderful example of Johnson operating in his most readable mode.
Slouching in her chair she is in defensive mode when describing the age of her latest lover.
Yet, the relationship between American politics and la mode is more fraught.
The Sunday shows were in full Ebola panic mode today, stoking fears that it could spread further in the United States.
So when the man grabbed her and threw her onto the floor, Monet went into survival mode.
This mode of learning promotes attention and prevents mind-wandering.Assimilative Memory|Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
The mode of procession was a little out of the common order of such affairs; but so was the marriage.Elster's Folly|Mrs. Henry Wood
The significance of the different varieties is more readily understood if one considers their mode of formation.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
We find by research that smoking was the most general mode of using tobacco in England when first introduced.
In France the habit of snuffing was the most popular mode and to this day the custom is more general than elsewhere.
British Dictionary definitions for mode
- any of the various scales of notes within one octave, esp any of the twelve natural diatonic scales taken in ascending order used in plainsong, folk song, and art music until 1600
- (in the music of classical Greece) any of the descending diatonic scales from which the liturgical modes evolved
- either of the two main scale systems in music since 1600major mode; minor mode
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In statistics, the most frequently appearing value in a set of numbers or data points. In the numbers 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 4, 9, 6, 8, and 6, the mode is 6, because it appears more often than any of the other figures. (See average; compare mean and median.)