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# Why is it median?

I just wanted to know the basis behind opting for 'median' solving time, instead of a mean or mode.

Note by Shreya R
7 months, 1 week ago

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The median of a data set is much more resistant to outliers. The mean can be skewed heavily in the direction of longer solve times if someone comes to a problem and then walks away. · 7 months, 1 week ago

Yes mean can become very large. Even mode will be very large. · 7 months, 1 week ago

Smart work hiding the answer :P · 7 months, 1 week ago

@Calvin Lin @Silas Hundt @Peter Taylor · 7 months, 1 week ago