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The tendency for the values of a random variable to cluster round its mean, mode, or median.
‘The arithmetic mean is useful, but it is not sufficient to describe a population because of the range of values from the central tendency.’
‘McCall and Simmons note that ‘cultures are, not all that simple or homogeneous… the best conceptual models of cultures can only state correctly the central tendencies of ranges of variation.’’
‘Descriptive analysis was performed on the returned questionnaires with response mode as the measure of central tendencies.’
‘Medians offer information on the central tendency of responses, and an item with a high median indicates that all panelists gave that item a high rating.’
‘The revised projections are then reported as a range, listing the high and low values for each item, and as a central tendency that omits extreme forecasts and is meant to be a better representation of the consensus view.’