Glossary of Statistical Terms: Definition Mode

The mode specifies the variable in a survey, which was named most frequently. As an example serves a survey on the topic "What is your favorite ice cream flavor?"

Ice cream flavorNumber of replies
Chocolate4,500
Strawberry3,700
Vanilla1,800

 

4,500 respondents stated that chocolate was their favorite ice cream. Therefore, the mode in this distribution is chocolate flavored ice-cream. 

 

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