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1332.0.55.002 - Statistical Language!, 2008  
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Contents >> Mode >> How do you calculate a mode?

HOW DO YOU CALCULATE A MODE?

To calculate the mode, locate the most commonly occurring data item.


Example

Employment details of 'The Widget Company'

Observation
Position in company
Salary ($)

1
CEO
100 000
2
Manager
60 000
3
Manager
60 000
4
Factory Worker
50 000
5
Factory Worker
50 000
6
Factory Worker
50 000
7
Factory Worker
50 000
8
Trainee
40 000
9
Trainee
40 000


To obtain the mode we identify the most common salary. In the case of the above table the mode is $50,000.

Diagram: mode





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