# Types of averages

Here is a list of the types of averages used in statistics also called or measures of central tendency. We start with the common type.

The most common types of averages are the mean, median, and mode.

**Mean**

The mean is found by adding all the numbers in a list and then divide by how many numbers there are.

Let x_{1}, x_{2}, … , x_{n} be a list. Then, mean =

**Median**

The median is the middle value when a list of numbers is ordered from least to greatest or from greatest to least.

**Mode **

The mode is(are) the number(s) which occur(s) most often.

**Harmonic mean**

The harmonic mean is found by dividing the numbers of values by the sum of the reciprocals of all values.

Let n be the number of values or how many numbers there are

Harmonic mean =

Notice that x represents a set of numbers such as {x_{1},x_{2}, …, x_{n} }

**Quadratic mean**

The quadratic mean is found by squaring each value, adding the results, dividing by the numbers of values, and then taking the square root of that result.

Quadratic mean =

Notice again that x represents a set of numbers such as {x_{1},x_{2}, …, x_{n} }

**Geometric mean**

Given n values that are positive, the geometric mean is the nth root of their product.

Geometric mean =

**Weighted mean**

The weighted mean is found by adding the product of each weight and each value and then dividing by the sum of all weight.

Let w represents each weight and let x represent each value.

Weighted mean =

**Trimmed mean or truncated mean**

Let x be a number from

After putting a data set in order, the x% trimmed mean is found deleting the bottom x% of the values and the top x% of the values and calculating the mean of the remaining values.