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median

The midpoint of a *population of data arranged in ascending or descending order. The median is calculated by taking the item of a set of numbers at which there is an equal number of items with a value above it as below it. For example, the median of five individual sales transactions of \$5, \$10, \$15, \$20, and \$30 is \$15, as there are two items above it (\$20 and \$30) and two items below it (\$10 and \$15). The median differs from the *mean in that it is less affected by large items. If, in our example, the sale of \$30 were replaced by one of \$150, the median would be unchanged. See also *mode.

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