## Washington & Lee vs. Richmond vs. George Mason

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Dr. Review

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### Re: Washington & Lee vs. Richmond vs. George Mason

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.
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BigZuck

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### Re: Washington & Lee vs. Richmond vs. George Mason

scottidsntknow wrote:
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.

Meh you were close enough with the math

Confusing median with average was still dumb of me because I didn't do it in another thread I posted in last night, but I did in this one. Oh well.

BigZuck

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### Re: Washington & Lee vs. Richmond vs. George Mason

And now I said mode when I meant mean

Eta: at least there is a doctor here to review my work

Clemenceau

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### Re: Washington & Lee vs. Richmond vs. George Mason

Guy from pittsburgh gets engaged to girl from nova. Must go to law school to get her parents' approval.

Edit: also, I'm almost positive bigzuck used median correctly in his first 40, 160, 100 example. In an even set of numbers, you take the average between the two middle numbers to find the median.

BigZuck

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### Re: Washington & Lee vs. Richmond vs. George Mason

Clemenceau wrote:Guy from pittsburgh gets engaged to girl from nova. Must go to law school to get her parents' approval.

Edit: also, I'm almost positive bigzuck used median correctly in his first 40, 160, 100 example. In an even set of numbers, you take the average between the two middle numbers to find the median.

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Dr. Review

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### Re: Washington & Lee vs. Richmond vs. George Mason

Clemenceau wrote:Edit: also, I'm almost positive bigzuck used median correctly in his first 40, 160, 100 example. In an even set of numbers, you take the average between the two middle numbers to find the median.
Only if there are an even number of values, even then, not always.

chuckbass

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### Re: Washington & Lee vs. Richmond vs. George Mason

Dr. Review wrote:
Clemenceau wrote:Edit: also, I'm almost positive bigzuck used median correctly in his first 40, 160, 100 example. In an even set of numbers, you take the average between the two middle numbers to find the median.
Only if there are an even number of values, even then, not always.

There was an even number of values fwiw. Good job zuck.

Dr. Review

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### Re: Washington & Lee vs. Richmond vs. George Mason

scottidsntknow wrote:
Dr. Review wrote:
Clemenceau wrote:Edit: also, I'm almost positive bigzuck used median correctly in his first 40, 160, 100 example. In an even set of numbers, you take the average between the two middle numbers to find the median.
Only if there are an even number of values, even then, not always.

There was an even number of values fwiw. Good job zuck.

Fair enough. Let's get back on topic. OP, don't go to law school.

stego

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### Re: Washington & Lee vs. Richmond vs. George Mason

scottidsntknow wrote:
dKb wrote:
BigZuck wrote:Quantify "comfortable" and "upper-middle class" please. What kind of salary are you aiming for here?

I would be happy with something between 80-90 thousand a year. I think that would be enough to live well in small to moderate size cities in Virginia.

Can you point to any jobs that pay this?

I think my dad made around 80k as a state prosecutor. This was after working as a county prosecutor for 10 years.