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Advantages and disadvantages of the mean

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Core Mathematics - Advantages and disadvantages of the mean

Advantages and disadvantages of the mean

Advantages:

* only one mean for each set of data values

* useful for comparing sets of data

* all data exert an influence

Disadvantages:

* it can be overly influenced by extreme measurements

* frequently confused with the median (which divides the data into two
equal sets)

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