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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
1 year, 9 months 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.

- 1 year, 9 months ago

Yes mean can become very large. Even mode will be very large.

- 1 year, 9 months ago

Smart work hiding the answer :P

- 1 year, 9 months ago

- 1 year, 9 months ago