[R] How to Compare the median to the mean?

John Kane jrkrideau at inbox.com
Sat Feb 4 21:01:18 CET 2012

This is reallly not a list for homework help.  However I'd guess that you are supposed to discuss the mean and median, not assault them with R :)

I probably shouldn't do this. :(

Plot the data and then discuss the mean & median 

John Kane
Kingston ON Canada

> -----Original Message-----
> From: sonjamackintire at gmail.com
> Sent: Sat, 4 Feb 2012 09:42:24 -0800 (PST)
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> Subject: [R] How to Compare the median to the mean?
> Okay, so I have a homework projecr for R, and we had to input the
> following
> link as some sort of data:
> nb10 <- read.table("http://www.adjoint-functors.net/su/web/314/R/NB10").
> Afterwards, we have to use
> fivenum(nb10) to find max, min, quantiles, and sd, but I'm okay with
> this.
> The next question is where I'm stuck.  The question is as follows;
> Compare the median (use the quantiles or median(nb10$V1)) to the mean.  I
> found the mean to be 408.8 and the median to be 404.  Can you please
> explain
> to me what I need to put into the program to get an answer and explain
> what
> the answer means?
> Thank You.
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