Average vs Mean

Richard Warburton richard.warburton at gmail.com
Wed Jun 26 15:51:25 PDT 2013


The 'average' method on specialised streams, such as DoubleStream, doesn't
specify which form of average is to be used.  Looking at the code in
DoublePipeline its the mean.  Would it be possible to say that the mean is
used in the javadoc?

I've noticed when talking to both Americans and Canadians that common usage
is to equate average with mean.  Whilst this is still the presumed
colloquial interpretation in the UK the term 'average' is used to refer to
any measure of central tendency.   The terms mean, median and mode are used
for the specific types of average.

I appreciate this is a fairly 'picky' request, but I do think there's an
easily clarified confusion here.


  Dr. Richard Warburton

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