mode

  

Definition

Type of average that refers to the most-common or most-frequently occurring value in a series of data. For example, the mode of the series 1, 2, 2, 3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6 is 4 because it is the only value occurring thrice. In any series there may or may not be a mode, or two modes (called bimodal series) or more modes (called multimodal series). In a frequency distribution graph, the peak represents the mode.

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  • Jim's new camera had so many mode setting it was overwhelming to him at first, however after some practice he figured out how to adjust all the setting on the camera.

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  • The most common age in the South American country is eighteen, and having such a young mode makes it a youth-oriented place where nightlife is far more popular than television.

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  • During a review of his business's finances, the accountant determined that the most commonly purchased number of items by a shopper was seven, making that the mode number of sales.

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