The mode and median are two of the most commonly used measures of central tendency. Though they both measure central tendency, they do so in different ways and are appropriate for different types of data. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at the difference between mode and median and when to use each.

## What is Mode?

Mode is the value that appears most frequently in a data set. Mode is often used to describe the central tendency of a data set, which is simply the average of all the values in the data set. However, Mode can be a more useful measure of central tendency than the mean or median for certain data sets. For example, Mode is generally more accurate than the mean or median when dealing with data sets that have outliers, or values that fall far from the rest of the data. Mode is also generally more accurate than the mean or median when dealing with data sets that are not evenly distributed. In these cases, Mode can give a more accurate representation of the “typical” value in a data set.

## What is Median?

Median is a value that represents the middle of a data set. To find the Median, the data should be arranged in order from least to greatest. If there is an even number of data points, Median is found by taking the mean of the two middle values. Median can be used to describe both continuous and discrete data. It is often used as a measure of central tendency because it is not as affected by outliers as the Mean. Median is especially useful when working with skewed data sets. Skewed data sets are ones where there are a few very large or very small values that can distort the Mean.

In these cases, Median would give a better representation of the center of the data set. Median is also used in statistics when working with Ordinal data, which is data that can be put into order but does not have equal intervals between values. In general, Median is a valuable tool for anyone working with data sets and trying to determine patterns and trends.

## Difference between Mode and Median

The mode is the value that occurs most frequently in a data set, while the median is the middle value of a data set. The mode can be easily determined by looking at a frequency table or graph, but the median requires a bit more work. To find the median, the data must be sorted from smallest to largest (or vice versa). Then, the middle value can be found. If there is an even number of values, the median is the mean of the two middle values. It’s important to note that the mode and median are not affected by extreme values, while the mean is. This is why the mode and median are often used when dealing with skewed data.

## Conclusion

In conclusion, the mode is a more representative value of a set of data while the median is less influenced by outliers. When working with data sets, it is important to understand the difference between these two measures in order to get an accurate representation of the information.