# mode

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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.*

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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.)