# When to use Median and Mean?

Explain when you would use a median and a mean as your descriptive statistic to analyze the data obtained from this instrument? Or are these two descriptive statistics interchangeable?

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Hi there,

I hope this brief explanation of mean and median will help you with your question.

To begin with, mean and median are generally not interchangeable when analyzing data. However, if your data set follows a normal distribution curve (parametric data), then the mean and median (as well as the mode) will all be the same value.

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A discussion pertaining to the proper use of mean and median as descriptive statistics.

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