Mode Average (Mathematics Lesson)
What Is Mode Average?The mode (or mode average) is the number that appears most frequently in a set of numbers. It is possible for a set of numbers to have no mode or multiple modes.
How to Find the Mode AverageQuestion: What is the mode of 4, 12, 8, 3, 8, 4, 2, 8?
Answer: Since 8 appears more times (3 times) than any other number in this set of numbers, then 8 is the mode. Here is the set again with the mode average highlighted:
4, 12, 8, 3, 8, 4, 2, 8
A Set of Numbers with No ModeQuestion: What is the mode of 3, 6, 9, 4, 2, 5?
Answer: As all the numbers in this set appear only once, there is no mode for this set.
A Set of Numbers with Multiple ModesQuestion: What is the mode of 9, 16, 9, 24, 24, 8, 14?
Answer: As 9 and 24 each appear twice in this set, the modes are 9 and 24. This set has multiple modes.
Top TipMODE IS USEFUL FOR NON-NUMERICAL THINGS
Mode is useful when the things being compared do not have numeric values. If we wished to look at the average bank account held by a group, we could use the mode.
MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHICH AVERAGE IS BEING USEDLook at these test results:
8%, 8%, 9%, 41%, 70%, 71%, 72%, 74%, 78%, 81%, 82%, 87%, 88%, 89%, 90%, 92%
With the 9% score, I could claim that my score was above average. (I would, of course, be using the mode average when making this claim.)
Read about mean average.
Read about median average.