Average vs Mean

Brian Goetz brian.goetz at oracle.com
Wed Jun 26 18:11:07 PDT 2013

I'll add a note.

On 6/26/2013 6:51 PM, Richard Warburton wrote:
> Hi,
> 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.
> regards,
>    Dr. Richard Warburton
>    http://insightfullogic.com
>    @RichardWarburto <http://twitter.com/richardwarburto>

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