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    Using the Right Word: average, median

    Monday, August 17, 2009

    The average and median of a series of numbers can be explained by this example: Seven workers used 0, 2, 3, 3, 5, 7, and 8 sick days respectively. The average number of sick days used is the total (28) divided by the number of workers (7): 4. The median, or middle number in the series, is 3: 0, 2, 3, 3, 5, 7, 8.

    (From Write for Business, page 226, and Proofreader's Guide PDF, page 38)