# Tag Archives: Mode

## HOW OLD ARE THE MEDIAN, MODE, & ARITHMETIC MEAN?

According to one source, the word “mode” was first used (by Karl Pearson) in 1895. The concept of the “median” is a bit older; it was used for the first time by the Frenchman Antoine Cournot in 1843. The notion of the “arithmetic mean” is even older.

QUESTION: When do you think the concept of the “arithmetic mean” was born?

ANSWER: A long, long, LONG time ago. The Pythagoreans studied it in the 5th century B.C.

Filed under History of Statistical Terms

## STATISTICIANS ARE UNUSUAL YET QUITE AVERAGE

On the one hand, statisticians are a bit weird. On the other hand, they are altogether average. Here’s the proof:

1. They often break the law and drive their cars on the MEDIAN.
2. At dinner, they invariably want more desserts than anyone else, and they always want them ala-MODE.
3. If you sum up their deviations, they lose their cool and get incredibly MEAN.

(This little effort at statistical humor comes from S. Huck)