BigZuck wrote:Er, right yeah median is median not mode. Still I wouldn't expect sizeable numbers to be making around 100K, especially at these schools.
This is not how mode works either.
Median - middle number of a set of numbers (e.g., the median of 3,3,3,5,6,6,7 is 5)
Mode - most frequently occurring number in the set (e.g., the mode of 3,3,3,5,6,6,7 is 3)
Mean - average of the numbers of a given set (e.g., the mean of 3,3,3,5,6,6,7 is 4.7)
Of the 3, mean is most heavily skewed by a number too far from the middle, but does provide an arithmetic middle number, whether the mean exists within the set or not. Mode is unaffected, but does not reflect the middle of a set of numbers. Median is affected only by the number of values in a set, rather than the quantity of each value, and therefore reflects the middle-most value of the set, rather than an average of the set of numbers.