General Statistical Applications

Why use an average??

A letter to Significance (July 2014), addressing an often asked fundamental question: Why use an average?? This letter was written by me in response to a letter published in Significance by Tom King (February issue, p. 46), in which the writer conveys his (bad) experience when he asks undergraduate students and colleagues : “Why do we calculate averages?”.

Why use an average_A letter to Significance Magazine_Haim Shore_March 2014

The letter, as published in Significance, is linked below (titled “Average Differences”):

Haim Shore_Why Use an Average_Significance Magazine_V 11(2)_p 45-46_July 2014

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